Advertisement

Buchman reloads for more titles

Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year

Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year

December 08, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

With a star-studded cross country team of six seniors, the Williamsport boys won MVAL Antietam, Washington County and Maryland Class 1A West titles and placed third in the state in 2008.

The runners seemed to get most of the credit for that.

The Wildcats then duplicated those exact same feats this year with almost an entirely new varsity lineup.

Credit the coach for most of that.

Williamsport's Randy Buchman is The Herald-Mail's 2009 Washington County Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year.

"We needed five things to go right, starting with Graylon Wright (the only varsity returnee) making steady improvement," said Buchman, who's coached the Wildcats for 10 seasons. "Two, we needed Danny Quinn to come back from last year's injury and have a good, healthy, full season. Three, we needed Evan Hardy to switch from soccer, because we knew he'd be a great runner. Four, we needed Michael Wyant to love the sport enough to run all summer. And five, we needed freshman Cody Bowman to come in and be as good or better than advertised.

Advertisement

"I knew we were going to be a decently good, competitive team. But to have a high level of success, we needed all five of those things to happen."

It was almost as if Buchman had a magic wand, as those five runners accounted for all the scoring as the Wildcats won conference, county and region titles and placed third at states this fall.

Perhaps the secret is just Buchman's special touch.

"I genuinely love the kids and care about them, and they know that," he said. "I give them a vision for individual and group success and try to make it a fun program to be a part of, something to look forward to, even though it is a hard sport."

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|