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CROSS COUNTRY NOTEPAD: Cougars seeking another late push

The Courtland boys cross country team used a third-place finish at the Fredericksburg All-Area meet in 2012 to propel it to its first Battlefield District championship since 1994.

Cougars head coach Scott Mersiowsky is hoping Wednesday’s 2013 All-Area meet at Fredericksburg Christian School will have a similar impact on his team.

Courtland returns three of its top five runners that helped it finish third in Region I and 15th in Group AA in addition to the district title last year.

Mersiowsky said the All-Area meet was the “turning point” for his 2012 group.

“That was pivotal as far as making progress,” Mersiowsky said. “It was a fast course and it gave us confidence because we were going against Triple-A schools.”

Jonathan Mersiowsky, the coach’s son, placed sixth in the All-Area meet last season. It was the first time he had completed a course in less than 17 minutes. Teammate Kyler Jourdan placed 10th. The Cougars finished behind meet champion Riverbend and second-place Brooke Point.

“We ran really well against those bigger schools,” Scott Mersiowsky said.

Jonathan Mersiowsky and Jourdan are once again Courtland’s top two runners. Andrew Thorpe, who finished 10th in the district meet last season, is No. 3. Sean Mades, Jacob Harris and Kevin Leinberger are also enjoying solid seasons, Scott Mersiowsky said.

Scott Mersiowsky believes the Cougars are once again poised for a strong postseason, which begins with the Conference 22 meet Oct. 30 at Loriella Park. The coach said he’s confident the Cougars will compete well against former Battlefield foes King George, Eastern View and Chancellor.

But he’s unfamiliar with Liberty and Fauquier.

“It’s two weeks before the conference championship and I think we’re looking pretty good,” Scott Mersiowsky said. “Fauquier and Liberty are unknowns. I haven’t seen them yet, but I believe they’ll be our biggest competition.”

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