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Old Fort Cross Country

September 1, 2013
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach:?Tony Miller

2012: BOYS - 4th in Midland Athletic League.

Returning Letterwinners: BOYS - Senior Brad Bannister. Juniors Elliot Phillimore; Donald Young; Dalton Miller; John Miller; Eli Payne; Sophomore Marc Harris. GIRLS - Seniors Jackie Becker; Lea Wilcyznski. Junior Alexa Rhodes. Sophomore Kayla Garza.

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Old Fort Cross Country:?(front, left) Jackie Becker, Kayla Garza, Alyssa Black, Alexis Rhodes (middle) Cole Manasian, Josh Kaltenbach, Jacob Clark, Donald Young, Jonathan Miller (back)?Marc Harris, Tito Lopez, Brad Bannister, Elijan Cleveland, Dalton?Miller,?Elliot Phillimore

Others: BOYS - Senior Tito Lopez. Jacob Clark; Josh Kaltenbach; Elijan Cleveland; Cole Manasian. Freshmen GIRLS - Junior Alyssa Black.

Outlook: Last year, Marcus Meyers' second place district finish powered the Stockaders to a regional berth. Even though Meyers won't be back this year, five of the top seven are and Miller feels his team is capable about making it back to regionals.

Bannister is the lone returning senior, and although Bannister was reluctant at first, Miller says he's adapted to a leadership role.

"Toward the end of track season he said, 'I don't wanna be a leader,' and I said, 'Well you're the lone senior,'" Miller said. "He's adapted to it. The younger kids couldn't wait 'til they got to run with him. They look up to him. He has state experience in track. They look forward being with him."

The returners, though, are getting a run for their money from the incoming freshmen for the varsity spots.

"With these four freshmen, and Tito in his first year out, they got talent and they've been showing it in practice, they want varsity spots and they're going after them," Miller said.

Last year Old Fort's girls team was small in numbers, but that didn't stop the Stockaders from making an impact.

Garza finished ninth at the MAL meet and was a regional qualifier. Becker and Rhodes also finished in the top 25 at the MAL meet and each missed a trip to regionals by less than 30 seconds.

Miller thinks his girls have the potential to make a good showing in the MAL, and possibly get to regionals.

"We're hoping to be middle of the pack in the league this year," he said. "Kayla made it to regionals last year. With Alexa and Jackie, those three have been running real strong. Hopefully we can turn the table and sneak in at the fourth spot in district."



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