Prep cross country capsules: Class AA

2014-08-28T17:45:00Z 2014-09-22T20:30:37Z Prep cross country capsules: Class AAGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 28, 2014 5:45 pm  • 

Billings Senior Broncs

2013: Girls second at state; boys fifth at state

Head Coach: Sarah Lord

Key Runners: Girls — Christina Aragon, Jr., defending state champion; Elena Borges, So., 12th at state; Devin McDonald, Sr.; Lily Dyre, Jr.; Mykal Volk, soph.; Courtney Hutton, Jr.; Jessica Raty, Jr. Boys — Dylan Johnson, Sr., sixth at state; Carter Gall, Jr.; Peder Rickbeil, So.; Anthony Overcast, Jr; Dawson LaRance, So.; Trevor Hamman, Sr.; Tyler Sather, Jr.; Nathaniel Stiffarm, Fr.

Coach Says (girls): “We are a young team with limited experience, but these girls have an incredible work ethic. We will be relying heavily on strong leadership from our juniors and small group of seniors. It will be exciting to see how we learn, grow and progress throughout the season.”

Coach Says (boys): “Our move up from eighth place at state in 2012 to fifth place last year was really motivating for this young group. They are very cohesive and can really push one another when they choose to do so. They could see some real improvements this year.”

Billings Skyview Falcons

2013: Boys and girls eighth at state

Head Coach: Carol Kuhns

Key Runners: Girls — Amanda Nelson, Sr., 11th state meet; Keegan Day, Sr., 14th state meet; Breanna Schwalbe, Sr.; Nikkie Terkildsen, Sr.; Rosie Solorio, Sr.; Ashlee Richards, Jr.; Tayla Harper, Jr.; Harper Gellner, So.; Maddie Fievet, So. Boys — Jakob Kok, So.; Austin Grewell, So.; Nick Painter, So.; Connor Chirrick, So.; Michael Augustine, So.; Ian Quinn, S.; Austin Smart, Sr.; Jacob Winter, Sr.; Jake Burkhalter, Sr.

Coach Says (boys): “The five sophomores committed to train hard as a group over the summer and it has been evident in practices. So with incoming freshmen we have, with returning juniors and seniors, it will round out a group of runners who are eager to improve and push to be a strong, competitive team. Their attitudes have been super the first week and if this is any indication of what is to come, it is going to be a great season.”

Coach Says (girls): “The girls team has a different look than the boys. Along with Amanda and Keegan, there are two other seniors, two juniors and two sophomores who saw varsity action last year. So with this diversity of grade levels and our new group of runners mixed in, it is going to be an exciting season of pushing each other to excel and be successful. I am pleased with all the girls attitudes and how they are encouraging each other.”

Billings West Golden Bears

2013: Girls fourth at state, boys 6th at state

Head Coach: Lauren Zent

Key Runners: Girls — Taylor Grove, Sr.; Brittney Grove, Sr.; Jess Keller, Jr.; Madeline Beckstead, Sr.; Shellbi Robinson, Jr.; Marissa Kossman, Jr.; Jaelynn Nielson. Boys — Issac Petsch, Sr.; Brennon Worthington, Sr.; Simon Petsch, So.; Garrett Beckstead, So.; Conrad Smith, Jr.

Coach Says: “We have most of our team returning this year, which is great for leadership and experience. We have a lot of talent and a lot of dedication, which will help us have a strong season. However, it will be tough. There are a lot of great teams in Montana and even just in Billings alone. We have our work cut out for us, but I think we will surprise some teams and maybe even ourselves. We have the largest team in the state with over 120 kids. Each year we get a little bigger, which is great for the sport of cross country.

Bozeman Hawks

2013: Boys and Girls state champions

Head Coach: Clint May

Key Runners: Girls — Bridget Creel (all-state), Piper Meuwissen (all-state). Boys — Chase Equall.

Coach Says: “After graduating not only our deepest, but also most talented senior class, the shape of this years team is in the “forming” stage. I have been pleased to see that a solid core of runners are putting in a good amount of work this summer. I am excited to help the 2014 Hawks find their identity and shape new goals. I believe that although we are younger than most years, our teams will remain very competitive.”

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