Prep cross country capsules: Class A

2014-08-28T17:40:00Z 2014-09-16T14:38:14Z Prep cross country capsules: Class AGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 28, 2014 5:40 pm  • 

Belgrade Panthers

2013: NA.

Head Coach: Rachel White

Key runners: Boys — Jonathan Eastwood, Sr., second at state.

Coach Says: “I believe it is the largest team we’ve ever had. Many are seniors and many newcomers who have already been working hard so they have a great start. I am looking forward to this season with eager anticipation. The meets will be very exciting to watch.”

Billings Central Rams

2013: Girls third at state

Head Coach: Randy Chase

Key Runners: Girls — Alexa Horrell, Sr., sixth at state; Shelby Gordon, Sr.; Sarah Gibb, Jr. Boys — Michael Gulledge, Sr.; George Beddow, So.; Steven Fisher, So.; Michael Chase, So.; Tate Thompson, Fr..

Coach Says (boys): “Last season the team was young with only two seniors, which allowed our younger runners to gain some much needed racing experience. This experience will be valuable to the runners as the season begins. We look forward to individual success of the runners and the competitiveness of the team. The runners are competitive during practice, which is providing for some excellent workouts. This competitiveness during practice will help the team as the season progresses.”

Coach Says (girls): “We graduated five varsity runners, which helped the girls’ team to their highest finish at state last season. This means we have some spots to fill. Our seniors are showing great leadership as we begin. The potential is there for girls on the team to have a successful year. The team started by showing tremendous hard work and effort and this will benefit them as they progress through the season.”

Columbia Falls Wildcats/Wildkats

2013: Girls eighth at state, Boys 14th

Key Runners: Samantha Mundel, (all-state), Merideth Stolte (all-conference).

Corvallis Blue Devils

2013: Girls state champions, boys second

Head Coach: Joanne Cleveland

Key Runners: Girls — Isabella Pape, Sr., second at state; Amelia Gardner, Sr., 11th; Sidney McClendon, So., 12th, Rachel Wissenbach, Jr., 19th. Boys — Ronald Venema, Jr., 11th; Carson Jessop, So., 29th

Coach says: “We had a lot of kids who put in some good miles this summer, so we are starting the season with a good base and will build on that.”

Frenchtown Broncs

2013: Boys second Northwest A, girls fourth

Head coach: Dennis Normand.

Key runners: Boys — Frank Dean, So.; Anders Holmquist, So.; Casey Jones, Sr.; Joren Nabozney, So.; Michael Swell, Jr.; Tyler Touchstone, So. Girls — Noel Normand, Sr.; Shelby Shourds, Jr.; Kellie Hunter, Sr.; Moa Bendes, Sr.; Kyle Habeck, Fr.

Coach Says: “ The boys should be one of the better teams in the West in Class A. They are very young, but very talented. We have set very high goals for the upcoming season. The girls team is working very hard and should improve their overall performance compared to last year.”

Laurel Locomotives

2013: NA

Head Coach: Lisa Condon

Key Runners: Boys — Tyler Mogan, Sr., third at state; Garret Schneider, Sr.; John Preller, Sr.; Marcus Twichel, Sr.; David Henning, Sr.; Myles Stricker, Jr.; Daniel Armstrong, Jr.; Eric McKamy, Jr.; Devin White, Jr.; Ben Longbottom, So.; Toby Wisecup, So.; RJ Gill, So.; Ben DeBar, So.; Kyle Guy, So.; Colton Atkinson, Fr.; Austin Amestoy, Fr. Girls — Lexi Gradwohl, Sr.; eighth at state; Annie Orednick, Sr.; Katie Conrad, Sr.; Courtney Hallock, Jr.; Shae Wiggins, Jr.; Michaela Merritt, Jr.

Coach Says: “Boys defend the conference title. They should, once again, be a top three at state. I expect four to five individual placers at state. We’ve got good, quality runners and they are ready to go. They’ve worked hard this summer and most of them have a good base, so we can get right to competitive training.”

Lewistown Eagles

2013: Boys seventh at state, girls 16th

Head Coach: Suzie Flentie

Key runners: Girls — Sheanna Larson, So.; Kaitlyn Lodahl, So.; Kaitlyn Ross, Sr.; Maida Walters, Sr. Boys — Hayes Majerus, Jr.; Dylan Sipe, Jr.; Ty Parsons, Jr.; Austin Brand, Jr.; Danyon Rice, So.; Anders Pederson, Sr. .

Coach Says: “Both boys and girls teams are looking strong and we have high hopes for a great season. We have a strong core of returning runners and look to several of our new runners to round out our teams.”

Livingston Rangers

2013: NA

Head Coach: Kirk Lentz

Coach Says: “We still have a young team — several have been running for more than a season but we have a few still recovering from past injuries. I would say that this season will set them up for what they will be capable of doing next year when several will be seniors.”

Miles City Cowgirls/Cowboys

2013: NA

Head Coach: Paul Yoakam

Key Runners: Girls — Emily Regan, (all-state). Boys — Austin Stradley, (all-state).

Coach Says: “The boys team is building off of their best year ever and is bringing our top-five runners back. The girls have improved their team place at the state meet for the past three years and are looking to do so again.”

Polson Pirates

2013: NA

Head coach: Matt Seeley

Key runners: Girls — Isabella Seeman, soph., all-conference; Anna Young, soph., all-conference. Boys — Warren Wood, Jr. all-conference.

Coach Says: “We have a very young team but watch out for our girls who will probably surprise a few people at some of the big meets this fall.”

Sidney Eagles

2013: NA

Head Coach: Jay Borseth

Key Runners: Girls — Tess Ler, Jr.; Tessa Hill, So. Boys — Christian Anglesey, Sr.; Zack Sommerfeld, So.

Coach Says: “Last year, both our girls and boys teams were small. However, our top runners are back and we have a couple of good runners that are moving up to the high school from the middle school. Hopefully as our program continues to improve, our numbers will go up. Many of the runners have been working hard and putting on the miles this summer. Hopefully we will see the fruits of their labor show up in their races.”

Whitefish Bulldogs

2013: Girls second at state, Boys fifth

Coach: Sara Brist

Key Runners: Girls — Sarah Latcham, Sr., 16th at state; Peyton Twete, Sr.; Katie Smith, Jr.; Sara Perez, Jr.; Annika Gordon, Jr.; Barrett Gray, Jr.; Kennah Fuller, Jr. Boys — Keaton Grove, Sr.; Christian Newby, Sr.; Ethan Lannaghan, Jr.; Ethan Potthoff, So.

Coach Says: “We return several of our top girls from last years team. Our boys team is fairly young. We are hoping to do as well or better than last year at the State meet.

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