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Compiled by Heath Hotzler and Ryan S. Clark, Published August 18 2010

Cross country: High school capsules

Fargo Davies

- Coach: Jason Holland (boys, first year); Lisa Svaleson (girls, first year)

- Boys to watch: Ethan Norstog, So., Brandon Scheel, Fr., Ben Bitter, 8th.

- Girls to watch: Tarin Lachowitzer, Jr., Kelsey Zastoupil, Jr., Kayla Dostal, Fr., Hannah Magrum, Jr., Allison Zwikla, Fr.

- Fast facts: The Eagles boys have no juniors or seniors on the roster. … Norstog was Fargo South’s No. 2 runner a year ago. He is the Davies captain this season. … Holland was an assistant for Paul Lean on the South boys team the last three years. Lean is now an assistant for Holland. … “The big thing is that we’re young,” Holland said. “We have a solid core group of kids who have been running together for a long time. We’ve got a bunch of hard workers putting forth the effort.” … Lachowitzer, who ran for Fargo South last year, is the defending state girls champion. … “We’re definitely looking to have a great season and start a tradition of excellence at Davies,” Svaleson said. “We have strong leadership from our junior class.” … Lachowitzer logged more than 300 miles over the summer. … Zastoupil was 18th and Dostal 24th at last year’s EDC meet.

Fargo North

- Coach: Gary Mailloux (boys, 37th year); Aaron Walker (girls, sixth year)

- Boys to watch: Francis Landman, Sr., Matt Wenzel, Jr., Keith Lehman, Soph., Drew Weist, Soph., Brandon Quibell, Soph., Anjelo Shepherd, Fr.

- Girls to watch: Andie Sarafolean, Fr., Abby Roche, Sr., Paige Holman, Soph., Jackie Harmon, 8th. Emilie Plecity, Jr., Katie Reinholz, Soph., Megan Boe, Jr., Megan Johnson, Jr.

- Fast facts: Landman and Shepherd are the top two runners this season after all-conference performances a year ago. … Waha Sem, a sophomore who did not compete last year, returns to the team. Sem made all-conference and was the lead runner as a freshman. … “We have a good core group of kids who have been working hard all summer,” Mailloux said. “We have a lot of enthusiasm.”… Sarafolean is the lone returning all-conference runner for North’s girls. She will serve as lead runner along with Roche. … “With the combination of our veteran runners and our young talent we should be competitive in the EDC,” Walker said. … There are 43 runners out for the team this season.

Fargo Shanley-Oak Grove

- Coach: Jaclyn Petik (boys and girls, fourth year)

- Boys to watch: Tom Startz, Fr., Dana Naylor, Sr., Daniel Naylor, Sr.

- Girls to watch: Alex Backlund, Fr., Taylor Baumler, Fr., Sarah Jacobson, 7th, Sadie Rivard, Sr.

- Fast facts: Dana Naylor is still recovering from a broken ankle from last track and field season. Dana finished 13th at last year’s state cross country meet. … The Shanley boys lost three seniors. … The Deacons finished fifth at last season’s state meet. … “We’re hoping we can hold onto what we had last year,” Petik said. “If not move up. I think it’s realistic to be able to hold onto (fifth at state).” … Backlund finished 12th at last year’s state meet as an eighth-grader. … Baumler was 23rd at state last year. … The Deacons girls finished seventh at state last year. … “I’ve got a solid four,” Petik said. “And we’ve got a lot of girls who could be our No. 5 runner.”

Fargo South

- Coach: Tom Smith (boys, first year); Troy Thorson (girls, first year)

- Boys to watch: Jaden Radcliffe, Sr., Landon Johnson, Sr., Christian Thompson, So.

- Girls to watch: Erin Valente, Sr., capt. Frances Conlin, Sr., Katie Bostrom, Fr.

- Fast facts: Radcliffe, Johnson and Thompson each competed at state last season. .... “We’ve got a lot of youth on this team,” Smith said. “We’ve got some solid talent from these two seniors. I’m really looking forward to seeing how far we can take this team.” …The Bruins girls lost defending state champion Tarin Lachowitzer to Fargo Davies. … Valente and Conlin are the team captains. … “We have some good leadership coming back, which is great with the Fargo South-Fargo Davies split this year,” Thorson said. “At the same time, we’re really young. We have some kids that look like they have some talent. One of our big goals is having our best meets at the end of the year. I think we’re going to have a pretty good year.”

West Fargo

- Coach: Joe Bailey (boys and girls, 10th year)

- Boys to watch: Nate Peterson, Sr., Luke Johnson, Sr., Darin Baltezore, So., Austin Albrecht, So., Nathan Aswege, So., Erich Hahn, Jr.

- Girls to watch: Alissa Mears, Jr., Britny Bucholz, Sr., Christine Baltezore, So., Jessica Rosenau, So., Brooke Grooters, So.

- Fast facts: Mears and Bucholz are team captains. … Mears is the two-time defending East Region champion. She earned the state title as a freshman. … The Packers girls finished third at the state meet a year ago. … “With five girls in the top 10 last year in the conference meet, we should certainly fit there at the top of the conference,” Bailey said of the girls. “And hopefully we will be able to compete with Bismarck at the state level.” … The West Fargo boys have earned the conference title each of the last two seasons. … Peterson and Johnson were all-conference runners last year. Baltezore missed all-conference honors by one spot. … “Even though we won the EDC two years in a row, we did lose a couple seniors,” Bailey said. “It’s certainly going to be a challenge to fill their shoes. But I’m optimistic about our depth. The kids are running very well.”

Moorhead

- Coach: Jeremy Blake, (first year as head coach for boys and girls)

- Boys to watch: Lukas Gemar, Sr., Derrick Nelson, Sr., Christian Larson, Sr., Glen Ellingson, Jr., Ezra Olson, Soph..

- Girls to watch: Taylor Janssen, Soph., Mackenzie Randklev, Jr., Tayler Polomny, Sr., Karlee Richards, Sr.,

- Fast facts: Gemar won the state championship as a sophomore. An injury-plagued junior year wasn’t the year Gemar was hoping for. Blake said Gemar is back in the form that made him successful as a sophomore. … Ellingson is one of the younger runners Moorhead could rely on this season. Ellingson emerged during track season where he qualified for the state meet in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. “He came out of nowhere,” said Blake, who is also the boys and girls assistant track coach. “He was not even in the Top 9 last year by the end of the fall cross country season.”… Ellingson along with Olson have prepared for the season by logging 400 miles apiece this summer. … The girls look to make the state tournament for the fifth-consecutive year. … Blake said this year’s squad is young and could hit its stride in October. … “I think our team has established ourselves as one that works diligently,” Blake said. “The signs of success come in the summer where you have a lot miles being ran. Our girls are doing that.”


– Compiled by Heath Hotzler and Ryan S. Clark