Vikings ready to add to successful run

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CARIBOU, Me (WAGM) - The Caribou boys cross country team is looking to have another successful season this year. The team starts the season this Saturday with a race at Ellsworth. The Vikings have won the last three regional championships and are looking to add to that streak.

"Our goal is to win PVC's and Eastern Maine's and the compete for states and try our hardest to win it and give it our all this season," said senior Evan Desmond.

Success at the regional and state meets is once again the standard for the Vikings. A pair of upperclassmen are expected to help lead the team this season.

"Dylan Marrero and Evan Desmond are our two top returnees. They both were in the top 10 in Eastern Maine last year and ran very well in the championship races," head coach Roy Alden explained.

"Being where I was last year I'd say I raced really well, but I'd say I have room for so much more and I'm looking to do that this year," added junior Dylan Marrero.

Desmond ran in the high school mile at the Beach to Beacon this summer and he said facing that type of competition will only help him this year.

"It was pretty cool. You got to see where you are compared to everyone else who's been training just as hard," Desmond said.

Caribou likes to focus on team success more, and once again the team has embraced the pack mentality and hopes it will work again for the biggest races.

"Yeah we usually train as a team as many days as we can. I say it works really well," Marrero explained.

"You get so much will and strength from this sport and you want to just keep pushing on. Not for yourself but for your teammates," added senior Calvin Mokler.

"That's part of the whole team building attitude, everything we try to do. Even last night I had a little freshman say oh that's what you mean by being one team. We gear everything on we do it for each other and that's how we learn to run together and work together and develop that attitude where we can make our team as successful as possible," Alden said.