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Forum staff reports, Published August 19 2011

F-M high school metro cross country capsules

Fargo Davies

E Coach: Jason Holland (boys, 2nd season); Lisa Svaleson (girls, 2nd season)

E Boys to watch: Branden Scheel, So.; Ben Bitter, Fr.; Ethan Norstog, Jr.; Cole Mehring, Jr.; Jace Duffield, Jr.

E Girls to watch: Tarin Lachowitzer, Sr.; Katie Bye, 8th; Carly Bertsch, Jr.; Kelsey Zastoupil, Sr.; McKenna Vetter, 8th; Erica Johnson, 8th; Casey Hatlevoll, Sr.; Kiara Bock, So.; Kayla Dostal, So.; Greta Zola, Jr.; Allison Twikla, So.; Kristy Brandt, Jr.

E Coach’s comments: “We are still really young. We have some guys who have put some time in during the summer. They are just excited to show off the work they have put in the summer,” Holland said. “Last year was our building year. This year the season didn’t quite end the way we wanted it to. With the miles the kids put in, and with the work they put in, they are excited to show what they can do.” … “We’re looking forward to another outstanding season. We have great numbers and the girls have really been training hard throughout the summer,” Svaleson said. “We don’t approach (the season) from a defending (last year’s state title) standpoint. It’s more of a building standpoint, continuing the tradition we’ve begun to build at Davies.”

Fargo North

E Coach: Gary Mailoux (boys, 37th season); Aaron Walker (girls, 7th season)

E Boys to watch: Andy Walton, Sr.; Matt Wenzel, Sr.; Jonathan Bell-Clement, Jr.; Keith Lehman, Jr.; Ryan McCollum, Jr.; Brandon Quibell, Jr.; Drew Weist, Jr.; John Daly, Fr.

E Girls to watch: Sydney Pladson, So.; Jackie Harmon, Fr.; Samantha Swenson, So.; Andie Sarafolean, So.; Alicia Swenson, So.; Megan Johnson, Sr.; Megan Boe, Sr.; Sarah Russell, Sr.

E Coach’s comments: “The coaches are extremely excited about the progress being made by all our runners,” Mailoux said. “There is great enthusiasm among the runners, and a feeling of team cohesiveness is becoming increasingly evident with the passing of each day. We believe the kids’ work ethic has the potential of leading the Spartans to improvement on their sixth place at EDC and eighth-place mark at state last fall.” … “In spite of having lost 14 runners to graduation, the Spartan girls are back to nearly 40 team members again this fall,” Walker said. “The solid experience among returning members, along with many new people, gives us great depth.”

Fargo Shanley-Oak Grove

E Coach: Jaclyn Petik (boys and girls, 5th season)

E Boys to watch: Tyler Pederson, Jr.; Tom Startz, So.; Seb Startz, So.

E Girls to watch: Alex Backlund, So.

E Coach’s comments: “We lost a lot of seniors from last year on the boys team,” Petik said. “We are starting over with a fairly yong team. Some of our boys have some experience, and we’re hoping to see some good things from them. … “We’ve got a ton of girls, but not a lot of people with tons of experience,” Petik said. “It’s the biggest girls team we’ve ever had (32). But so many are brand new. The girls have some great senior captains. We’re just hoping the new girls can learn from them, and we hope we get some good individual performances to be able to put together a solid team.”

Fargo South

E Coach: Tom Smith (boys, 2nd season); Troy Thorson (girls, 2nd season)

E Boys to watch: Christian Thompson, Jr.; Sean Ahlness, So.

E Girls to watch: Katie Bostrom, So.; Heidi Moore, So.

E Coach’s comments: “We had some good senior leadership last year, but only one senior was a regular scoring member of our team,” Smith said. “We’re looking at rebuilding. We don’t have any seniors at any level of our team. We have a lot of good, new, young kids showing some vast improvement from last year.” … “We have a good group. I think our strength is that we’re going to be relatively young, but it’s kind of nice to have that first year in the books and I think they know what to expect,” Thorson said. “I think if we can get them packed up together we will do OK. We’re not going to have anybody that might go and win the race. But I think we have a good pack. As the year goes on we just have to move our pack of girls up the race.”

West Fargo

E Coach: Joe Bailey (boys and girls, 11th season)

E Boys to watch: Darin Baltezore, Jr.; Austin Albrecht, Jr.; Erich Hahn, Sr.; Nathan Aswege, Jr.; Tony Schulz, Jr.; Anjelo Shepherd, So.

E Girls to watch: Alissa Mears, Sr.; Jessica Rosenau, Jr.; Christine Baltezore, Jr.; Brooke Grooters, Jr.; Suzy Dullum, Fr.; Andrea Milbrath, Fr.; Taylor Perry, Sr.

E Coach’s comments: “I think that right now it looks like Grand Forks Central is returning a lot of kids to be on top of the EDC (boys),” Bailey said. “I think that hopefully we can push them for that top position. We have a lot of kids about the same pace. If we can run as a pack and bunch them up toward the top, we should have a pretty tight pack. … “(Mears) is running very well again after a year of injuries last year,” Bailey said. “She looks great. And the good thing there, too, is that we have a pack of girls that should be able to really benefit our team points by finishing close together.”

Moorhead

E Coach: Jeremy Blake (2nd season as head coach for boys and girls)

E Boys to watch: Glen Ellingson, Sr.; Jacob Geraghty, Sr.; Ezra Olson, Jr.; Josh Young, Soph.

E Girls to watch: Taylor Janssen, Jr.; Mackenzie Randklez, Jr.; Alita Taylor, Sr.

E Fast facts: Moorhead enjoyed arguably one of the best seasons in school history last season with the boys team finishing second at state. … The Spuds return four runners from that team including Ellingson, who finished second at the section meet last season. … John Millea of the Minnesota State High School League rated the boys No. 4 in Class 2A. Ellingson was rated as the No. 2 runner in the state. … The girls will return junior Taylor Janssen, who is emerging as one of the state’s best after she advanced to the state meet for a second straight year. Janssen finished 15th last season at state, her best finish. ... “I am really excited about the season. Our kids more than any summer in the past, have put in the mileage,” Blake said. “We have an incoming group of freshmen on both sides, but especially on the girls that are extremely talented.”