Experienced young runners powers Newton boys’ cross country team
Youth powers the Newton boys’ cross country team in 2013. The Cardinals have veteran junior leadership, but no seniors back on the squad.
Newton did lose its No. 1 runner from a year ago — then-freshman Cooper McDermont qualified for the 2012 Iowa Class 4A State Cross Country Meet. McDermont moved from Newton.
“We have six or seven kids who have put in a lot of miles during summer conditioning. I see us contenders for the conference championship,” said Tom Bartello, who takes over as head coach from his father John Bartello. John Bartello isn’t far away, he is back as an assistant coach this season.
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