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Buckeye Central Girls Cross Country

September 2, 2013
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Thad Metzger

2012: Did not field a full team.

Returning Letterwinners: Senior Amy Rietschlin. Juniors Lizabeth Figueroa; Laura Metzger.

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Buckeye Central?Cross Country:?(front, left) Amy Rietschlin, Alexis Mills, Ashley Pifher, Zoe Rutledge?(middle) Wyatt Kisor, Laura Metzger, Tamara Metzger, Lizbeth Figueroa, Peter Keller (back) Paul Heydinger , Hunter Gray, Sam Robertson, Karsen Kaple, Stone Wurm, Thad Metzger.

Others: Juniors Ashley Pifher; Alexis Mills. Freshman Tamra Metzger.

Outlook: It certainly will be a family dynamic at Buckeye Central this season.

It starts with Thad Metzger, the Buckettes new coach, and extends to a pair of runners - Laura Metzger and Tamra Metzger.

The pair are coach Metzger's younger sisters.

"First time I've ever actually coached my sisters," the coach said. "It's part of the reason I was hoping for this unique opportunity... to share the passion there."

Despite that, coach Metzger said he's not just focused on family.

"I try to treat them just as I would any of the other runners," he said. "I don't want to hold them at a pedestal (and goals) that are unattainable. Right now it's just pushing them through workouts that can challenge them."

The coach said he's expecting big things from Figueroa, who was the team's top finisher at the NCC meet last season.

"Without a doubt, Lizabeth, she's one who has some natural speed and can respond to some of the difficult and harder workouts," he said. "Last year she finished second team NCC."



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