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NR cross country makes strides

The Nansemond River High School cross country team made strides this season, including having a runner in the state meet.

Brian Kershasky is about to wrap up his second season as the coach of the Warriors cross country team. The one meet left of the season is the state meet, where Danielle Perry hopes for a strong finish.

Perry transferred into Nansemond River this year after moving from Pennsylvania. She immediately came in and became a team leader and well-liked by her teammates and her coaches. Kershasky is confident that she will show well at the meet.

“I told her that this race should represent all the hard miles that led here,” Kershasky said. “And she should represent herself, family, friends and school by running the best race she has ever run.”

The Class 5 state meet will be on Saturday in Great Plains.

Last week in the regional meet, the boys finished ninth while the girls finished seventh. Cameron Ballinger finished 28th with the top finish for the boys. Perry finished seventh overall for the girls as the top finisher. Overall, Kershasky was proud of the progression he had seen from all of his runners throughout the season.

“The regular season was fun,” he said. “We didn’t have a lot of great finishes in terms of competition with the other teams, but we made a lot of personal strides and a lot of personal growth. I think the future looks bright for many of our young runners.”

As a coach, Kershasky still believes he has a lot to learn, but he is looking forward to an even better third season with the team in 2019.