Prep cross country capsules: Class B

2014-08-28T17:35:00Z 2014-09-22T20:30:37Z Prep cross country capsules: Class BGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 28, 2014 5:35 pm  • 

Colstrip Colts/Fillies

2013: NA

Heach Coach: Yvonne Gardner

Key Runners: Boys — Tyus Mendoza, defending state champion.

Coach Says: “No one has more fun than we do! Coaches and athletes included. Friends off and on the course.”

Columbus Cougars

2013: Girls state champion

Head Coach: Paul Barta

Key Runners: Girls — Briana Haskins, Tana House, Kenedy Wiggs. Boys — Padon Little, Hunter Kent.

Coach Says: “This is a great group of runners who are looking to inspire our grade- and middle-school runners to come out and enjoy a great sport.”

Eureka Lions

2013: Girls 14th at state, boys 22nd

Head Coach: Andrew Gideon.

Key Runners: Girls — Alex Bartmess, fifth at state. Boys — Taj Hagan.

Coach Says: “We will be a competitive team this year and we will surprise some people — unless the press points this out and then the surprise will be gone. We had a great summer of running and some awesome enthusiasm in early practices. Eureka cross country now has a culture of success.”

Glasgow Scotties

2013: Girls state champions, boys eighth

Head Coach: Rod Karst

Key Runners: Girls — Josie Braaten, Sr., two-time all-state; Amanda Wolff, Sr., 10th at state; Alex Simensen, Jr.; Julia Kolstad, Jr. Boys — Walker Allen, Jr.; Kasey Seyfert, So.

Note: Glasgow girls have won four straight state titles and seven of the last nine.

Manhattan Tigers

2013: Boys second at state, girls sixth

Head Coach: John Sillitti

Key Runners: Boys — Tony Krogstad, Jr., two-time all-state; Colter Smith, Sr., 15th at state; David Schachman, Sr., 18th at state; Reid Wiersema, Jr., 24th at state; Emry Olsztyn, So.; Charlie Rasnck, Fr.; Leonard McComas, Fr. Girls — Jordan Wyse, Jr., 22nd at state; Anna Losasso, Sr.

Coach Says (boys): “The Red Lodge boys edged us at state last year and they return five of their top six runners. They will be the clear favorites in Class B. We graduated three key members of last year’s team and a fourth (Reid Wiersema) suffered a major knee injury, so we definitely have some work to do. But we return three of the top 18 guys from state last year and if Reid Wiersema can get healthy by state, that’s four pretty solid guys.”

Coach Says (girls): “Due to graduation, health issues and a runner moving out of state, we return only one girl with only one year left of cross country experience. I don’t think anyone in the state will expect our girls to be fighting for a trophy in October, but I expect they will surprise some people by the end of the season.”

Plains Horsemen/Trotters

2013: Girls fourth at state, boys 18th

Head Coach: Tony Banovich

Key runners: Boys — Russell Kujala, Sr., fourth at state. Girls — Kimberly Earhart, Jr., ninth at state; Demi Horton, Jr., 11th at state.

Coach Says: Russell Kujala is focused on a top-three finish for his senior year and had some solid summer base miles to get ready for the season. We have a solid girls team who is hungry to bring home another state trophy.”

Rocky Boy Stars

2013: NA

Head Coach: Rachel Seiler

Key Runners: Girls — Jude The Boy, Minnie The Boy, Reanan Plain Bull. Boys — Tristan Belgarde, Chase Corcoran, Isiah Turn Toes, Shadow LaForge.

Coach Says: “We are looking to improve on times from last year. The team is already showing an increase in dedication and determination. Many runners put time in this summer running on their own and are starting off in better shape.”

Roundup Panthers

2013: Girls 10th at state, boys 24th

Head Coach: Spike Tuss

Key Runners: Girls — Baylee Green, Jr., third at state; Carrie Cota, Jr.; Katie Browning, Sr.; Cassie Haverkamp, Jr.; Brittany Cockerham, So. Boys — Lane Pascall, Sr., Kris Thompson, So.; Harley Dowling, So.; Jon Benes, So.

Coach Says: “This is the second year of a revived program that was dropped in the mid-1980s. Our goal is to get everybody to the state meet. By hard work and dedication, we will be there at the end.”

St. Labre Braves

2013: NA

Head Coach: Joan Jilka

Key Runners: Girls — Tamia Two Moons, So., second at state. Boys — Virgil McCormick, So. seventh at state.

Coach Says: “Will have a strong nucleus of sophomore boys and girls returning this season.”

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