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Tom Mix, Published October 24 2012

Davies girls hoping for three titles in a row

FARGO – For as long as they have been a program, the Fargo Davies girls cross country team has always finished its season with a state championship.

The Eagles have won the last two North Dakota Class A state titles and will try for a three-peat this Saturday at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson. The Class A girls race begins at 3:45 p.m. CDT.

“I feel that our team is starting to come together at the right time,” Davies head coach Lisa Svaleson said. “We are looking to do some big things this weekend. We are hoping all our runners will run to their full potential and put together their best race.”

This fall has been the first season the team has been without all-state runner and three-time individual state champion Tarin Lachowitzer.

Svaleson said the Eagles have a solid group of runners capable of contending for top spots.

The Eagles’ top five consists of senior Carly Bertsch; freshmen Katie Bye, Erica Johnson, and McKenna Vetter and seventh grader Madison Petrick.

Those five were the team’s top five scorers at the East Region meet on Oct. 13 in Wahpeton, which Davies won scoring 38 points.

Bye, who is the No. 4-ranked individual runner in Class A, won the region’s individual championship with a time of 15 minutes, 12 seconds.

“Katie Bye has had an outstanding season and Carly Bertsch has been a solid runner and leader for us this season,” Svaleson said. “Erica Johnson has been right in the mix as well.”

Svaleson anticipates a highly competitive state meet this weekend. Davies is ranked No. 3 in the latest team poll behind Bismarck and Bismarck Century.

“It should be an exciting state meet,” Svaleson said. “It is going to be fun to see what happens when some strong teams get together that have not had an opportunity to compete with one another this season. It should create an excellent competitive environment.”

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