First-year head coach Andrew Sneed believes his guys have the potential to do well in the NWOC
Putnam sports a youthful, but growing cross country program, according to head coach Andrew Sneed, who has taken over for longtime Putnam cross country coach Brent Eggers.
Weve got 22 kids out, which is up five or six from last year, Sneed said, at an August workout. And weve only got four seniors on the team.
Sneed says he has a good core of boys out, and a couple of athletes with pretty good talent on the girls side.
Ive got a core group of five guys who are running together, he said. I dont know if well have a complete varsity team for the girls, but Ive got a couple of girls I think are top 10 in the league.
Top prospects on the boys side are seniors Logan Anspach and Joe Venetucci, and juniors Erik and Thomas Korsness, and Matt OBrien. Anspach, Venetucci and Thomas Korsness were among Putnams top four male runners last year.
Sneed says he believes that seniors Kendra Goulter and Monserratt Martinon have the potential to finish in the top 10 by the time the Northwest Oregon Conference district meet rolls around.
Sneed is not new to Putnam. He was the pole vault and javelin coach at the school last spring.
He is a 2006 graduate of Gladstone High School, where he competed in cross country and track and field. He competed in the decathlon and relays for Northwest Nazarene University, where he attended school for three years.
Sneed is currently a student at Portland State University, majoring in public communications, with a minor in advertising and marketing.
Sneed says he believes his boys can finish fourth or higher in the NWOC.
The varsity guys are in shape, Sneed said. If the boys run hard and run together, they have a chance of finishing as high as No. 2.
Sneed says that Wilsonville, which placed in the top three at state a year ago, is the team to beat in NWOC boys cross country. He said he anticipates that Sherwood and St. Helens will also field strong teams.