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St. Wendelin Cross Country

August 31, 2013
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Cindra Baker, ninth year.

2012: BOYS - Did not field a full team. GIRLS - Second in MAL.

Returning letterwinners: BOYS - Sophomore Zac Dixon. GIRLS - Juniors Victoria Volpe; Jocelyn Reinhart; Sara Goddard; Sammie Digby; Kyra Weber. Sophomore Karin Goddard.

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St. Wendelin Cross Country:?(front, left) Kyra Weber, Jocelyn Reinhart, Jaden Ogg, Lauren Meyers, Karin Goddard (middle) Sammie Digby, Victoria Volpe, Nick DeHaven, Zach Dixon, Ethan Cassidy, Maco Gonzalez (back) Peter Berton, Greg Ricker, Jacob Sellers, Carson Noel, Cindra Baker.

Others: BOYS - Freshmen Nick DeHaven; Jacob Sellers; Greg Ricker; Maco Gonzalez; Carson Noel; Ethan Cassidy. GIRLS - Freshmen Lauren Meyers; Jaden Ogg.

Outlook: St. Wendelin's girls and boys enter the fall on different paths. The girls bring experience and success from the past two years, while the boys are heavy on youth.

For the girls, the expectations just keep growing.

Reinhart, Volpe and Sara Goddard went to regionals as freshmen, with Reinhart advancing to state. Last year, the Mohawks claimed second in the MAL while Reinhart and Volpe returned to the regional meet.

Just one girl graduated off last year's team and Baker said this year's group, which has no seniors, will lean heavily on the junior class.

"There's a good group of juniors that we have. Our four main juniors - Sammie and Jocelyn and Sara and Victoria - have run together for years. I have faith that they will step in and be great leaders," Baker said.

"They're putting expectations on themselves," she said. "They're working really hard, they've set some goals and they're really focused."

Meanwhile, the boys teams is in rebuilding mode.

That group of Mohawks graduated three members off last year's four-runner squad and feature a team this fall with a letterwinning sophomore and six freshmen.

While that means a big change for the freshmen in terms of distance and talent level of other runners, Baker said the young group is progressing well.

"The majority of them have been to the summer running and they're doing nice with the transition [to high school] so far. They've thrown quite a few 5K's in there, so they're getting used to what racing's going to be," she said.

"I think they're doing a really nice job with the transition," she said.



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