Quakers look to surprise people in 2012

Kline, Corcoran to lead Wilmington cross country team

July 16, 2012

Brad Kline (at left) and the Quakers will look to make some noise in 2012.

Brad Kline (at left) and the Quakers will look to make some noise in 2012.

Wilmington College will look to sneak up on some folks during the 2012 men’s cross country season.

For the Quakers, filling the void created by the graduation of All-OAC and All-Great Lakes Region runner Pat Carroll will be a top priority. There to help fill the shoes will be junior Brad Kline (Circleville) and sophomore Myles Corcoran (Wilmington/Clinton-Massie)

“Pat always put up a low score every race, but an even bigger hit is the loss of leadership. Pat really set the tone for that group in a big, big way the last two years. From a running standpoint, Myles is back and healthy, and Brad was only five spots behind Pat at the regional meet. There are a lot of good pieces, more depth than we have on the women’s side,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said.

Also back for the Quakers are potential front-runners Alek Erwin (South Vienna/Northeastern) and Rob King (Washington Court House/Miami Trace).

“I think we can surprise some people on the men’s side. We never got to hit on all cylinders last year because of injury and illness. If we keep everybody healthy and do what we are capable of doing, we can be a very good team,” Combs said.

The schedule is loaded from week one to the NCAA Championship. Included along the way are stops at the All-Ohio Championship and NCAA Pre-Nationals.

“We’re hoping this schedule will give us some big-meet experience, Combs said. “That stretch in the middle will hopefully prepare us for the OAC meet and the regionals.”