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A Spotlight on the Quad Champions
Seven athletes and a coach used to winning the Parkway Quad

Bobby Toppins—Bobby is competing in his third season of cross country.  He ran a significant number of meets on the varsity as a sophomore before becoming a full time varsity athlete last year as a junior.  Bobby competed for the Pats at the state meet and has been a solid figure in the top seven.  His early work in ’06 suggests that he has lifted his performance and he has taken over elements of the prime leadership of this year’s squad.


T.J. Buchanan—T.J. enters his second cross country season.  He made significant strides as a junior varsity athlete last season.  He enjoyed a successful stint in track, including running on the District qualifying team in the 4x800.  His improvement to the varsity this season is a natural progression for the senior.


Ryan Briggs—Ryan has a terrific pedigree.  He is in his third season as a varsity athlete in his junior year.  Last year was a breakout year for him.  Except for bad timing with illness just at the state meet week, Ryan might well have captured an all state position.  There is every reason to believe that all state is within his grasp.


Andrew Hackman—Andrew has the distinction of being the first son of a former cross country athlete at South to follow in his father’s footsteps.  In Andrew’s second season, the senior has broken into the top seven.  He follows three solid seasons in track and last season was part of the District 4x800 relay.  His natural abilities begin to combine with a year of distance training.


Andrew Van Genderen—Andrew is the fourth member of the District 4x800 team.  In his second cross country season, Andrew has burst forth.  He took seriously his desire to succeed in distance running.  His top five position in the early season is a tribute to the work and commitment he has made to cross country.


Curtis Beasley—Curtis assumed a position on the varsity late in the season last fall.  He competed in the state meet.  He enters his third season of cross country with high hopes and achievable ambitions.  He becomes a significant cog in the success of this ’06 edition.  His improvement during the course of the season will go a long way in determining just how successful this team will be.


Tom Altemeyer—Tom is a fourth year member of the cross country team.  He struggled with injuries his freshman year, but has been a solid junior varsity performer since then.  At this year’s Quad, Tom competed at the varsity level, achieving a place in history with his position on the Quad championship team.


These seven athletes established a seventh consecutive victory in the Quad, a new Quad record.  South has been champion since 2000 and has finished no lower than second in the Quad since 1979.  Coach MacDowell has established several firsts.  He is the first coach to have also run and won the Quad, as well as coached a team to victory.  He has achieved victory as an athlete, assistant coach and now head coach.

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Created By Jim_Schmuck on Wednesday 09/06/2006 10:52 AM
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