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Get to know your Orange runners: Alexandra Cooper and Kevin James

Today we profile two second year runners who are looking to crack the top 7

The Syracuse Orange cross country teams might be off this weekend, but we’re still charging forward with our profiles. We’re down to our final two days and today we’ve got two Sophomores: Alexandra Cooper and Kevin James.

Alex Cooper is looking to join the top 7 in her Sophomore season
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Name: Alexandra Cooper

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Henrietta, NY

High School: Rush-Henrietta

2015 Performances:

ACC Championships- 69th place

Wisconsin Meet of Champions- 48th place in B race

Coast-to-Coast Battle- 69th place

Spiked Shoe Invitational- 11th place

Margo Malone says:

Alex gained experience competing in the big invitationals last cross country season. She will carry the lessons and confidence gained from her freshman year into this season.

Kevin’s Preview:

Alex had a solid first season in 2015. She was the Orange’s 8th runner at the ACC Championships and showed promise as a contributor. In the first two meets of the season, she’s been 5th and 6th for the women. Alex was 7th in the New York state meet as a high school senior and we’ll see if the big meet experience will pay off this season.

Kevin James will be vying for a spot in Syracuse’s top 7 in 2016

Name: Kevin James

Year: Redshirt Freshman

Hometown: Clifton Heights, PA

High School: Cardinal O’Hara

2015 Performances

Redshirt during cross-country.

Martin Hehir Says:

Kevin is a great person with an even-keel attitude. He understands the process and will be ready to hop into the varsity pack after soaking up a year of training and knowledge.

Kevin’s Preview:

Kevin has started 2016 strong after taking the traditional Syracuse freshmen year off. He was 6th overall at the Spiked Shoe Invitational, which put him in the 4th spot for the Orange. During high school, Kevin was 2nd at the Pennsylvania Class AAA state championships and was a two-time Nike Nationals finalist. Last year I had several Syracuse runners tell me that Kevin would be someone to watch, and he’ll be pushing for a top-7 position this year.

If you missed any of the previous previews, you can catch up here:

Sydney Leiher and Justyn Knight

Shannon Malone and Colin Bennie

Mary Malone and Joel Hubbard

Stephanie Bitcon and Philo Germano

Paige Stoner and Adam Palamar

Madeleine Davison and Iliass Aouani

McKenzie Altmayer and Adam Visokay

Chelsie Pennello and Mickey Burke