Rowan Women’s Cross Country Coach Derick “Ringo” Adamson Talks Expectations for 2021 Season

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Rowan women's cross country team at the starting line of a race. - Photo / Rowan Athletics

Add Women’s cross country to the list of Rowan rosters eager to get back in action for the first time in almost two years. 

In spite of facing obstacles both on and off the course, nobody has more faith in their abilities than their 16-time New Jersey Athletic Conference [NJAC] Coach of the Year, Derick “Ringo” Adamson.

“It’s going to be a journey to the max,” Adamson said. “In fact, it is going to be the most challenging thing we have ever done. Each day, we get up and we work. As long as they remain willing to work, I know they’ll be feeling better after each race.” 

Improving gradually over the season is always the goal in Coach Adamson’s mind. That measured approach to refining one’s skills is even more relevant, especially when the track’s terrain and conditions become harsher as the weather gets colder and more unpredictable. Adamson, as always, is well-aware of this reality and remains steadfast in the face of adversity.

“Cross-country was meant to be run in treacherous conditions,” Adamson said. “With that being said, we should have home field advantage because of our terrain knowledge. Then, the races become even more tactical. At the end of the day, I want the girls to be running their best when it comes championship time.” 

Progression over regression is the name of the game, and as long as each race is taken as a learning experience like Adamson suggests, his squad is poised to make some noise come November. 

“There’s so much potential in this group already,” Adamson said. “They’re really just a great group of kids.”

This promising young squad already has some big meets coming up on the horizon, especially their first home meet being held on October 16. As always, Coach Adamson was eternally grateful for the work of their grounds crew to make that meet possible.

“If you only knew some of the work that they do, it would blow your mind,” Adamson said. “They make the course look like an English golf course. They are ridiculously unbelievable.”

Cross-country is truly a team endeavor and requires everyone to be on the same page. At the moment, all phases of this squad and its support group are in sync. If that remains the case going forward, there’s no telling the heights this team will reach come season’s end. 

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