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Girls Cross Country: Pioneers return with strong senior leadership
The Hill-Murray High School girls cross country team finished fourth in the Classic Suburban Conference a year ago and is looking at moving up in the standings this season.
There are a couple of very good reasons for optimism. Coach Tim Ryan cited a pair of seniors who will be leaders as captains.
Anna Maurer was All-Conference a year ago and was named the CSC Runner of the Year. She finished 10th in the state meet and garnered All-State honors.
The other Hill-Murray captain is Rachel Ogren. She was the No. 3 runner on the Hill-Murray roster a year ago.
“We have a strong senior leadership with an excellent work ethic,” Ryan stated. “Also we have back two-year performer Johnna Patterson. She was an All-Conference Honorable Mention runner the past two years. Our senor leadership, in addition to Maurer, includes Rachel Ogren, Ally Cochran and Liz Newton.”
If the Pioneers have a problem, Ryan said, “We don’t have a lot of depth when it comes to varsity experience. We will be young, but this is a group of very enthusiastic girls.”
Assisting Ryan will be coach Cheri Gerenz.
Other notables to the Hill-Murray squad include junior Lexi Adamsky, along with a pair of promising eighth-graders -- Emma Mendez and Morgan Johnson.
During the 35 years he has coached the Pioneers, Ryan’s girls teams have won eight conference titles and had 46 individual All-Conference runners.
He looked at the CSC for possible leaders and predicted North and Mahtomedi would be strong contenders for the title.
To date, the 2013 Hill-Murray girls cross country schedule is:
• Aug 30, 4 p.m., St. Olaf College Invitational in Northfield.
• Sept. 7, 10 a.m., Benilde-St. Margaret’s Invitational at Bassett Creek Park in Crystal.
• Sept. 10, 4 p.m., Classic Suburban Conference meet - all schools - at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park.
• Oct. 3, 3:45 p.m., Blaine Invitational at Majestic Oaks Golf Course.
• Oct. 15, 3 p.m., CSC championship meet at St.Croix Bluffs Regional Park.