The MSOE men's cross country team will have a new look in 2018.
Head coach Bill Massoels takes over the Raiders for his first season and is excited for the team's potential. He returns just three runners out of the team's regular counting seven but is encouraged by the team's depth and early-season training sessions.
With the graduation of the Horbinski twins, Trey and Tripp, and junior Nick Bath studying abroad in 2018, the stage is set for junior Blake Bostwick to take the lead with a young roster. He's shown flashes over his first two seasons and was a consistent scorer for the Raiders. He was the No. 3 runner at the end of the season and projects to ascend into the all-conference range come season's end.
Another pair of runners looking to crack the upper ranges of the conference are sophomore Sean Fitzpatrick and junior Noah Vaculik. The pair were regulars in the top seven of the squad and are the only returners that ran at the regional championships last season. With such a deep roster in 2017, Fitzpatrick's emergence as a rookie was illuminating and Massoels is interested to see what he can do this season. Meanwhile, Vaculik has continually made strides forward over his first two season, setting up for an intriguing third act.
Senior Kenny Holbrook and junior Nathan Arrigoni are the only other upperclassmen returning this season. They'll use their experience to help usher the four sophomores and six rookies through the campaign. Holbrook was a regular in the lineup last season while Arrigoni was limited to just three races after a full slate as a freshman.
Sophomores Arandu Huerta, Mark Nelson, David Haen, and Jacob Meier each got a taste of collegiate running last season and can build on that heading into year two. Huerta cracked the team's first seven at the conference meet in his last race last season and will look to capitalize on that momentum. Nelson and Haen were regulars on race day and have a strong foundation to build on while Meier was limited to just three meets.