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2014 Girls Cross Country preview capsules

Published: Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 11:37 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 5:08 p.m. CST

Amboy ClippersCoach: Bob Halberg2013 postseason: Placed fifth at 1A Bureau Valley Regional and 12th at Oregon Sectional. Megan Grady advanced to state, where she placed 35th.RosterJennifer Popovich Jr.Katlin Boers Jr.Renee Vaessen Jr.Megan Grady So.Erin Hosto So.Madeline Foster So.Brenna Rieker So.Ally Gascoigne Fr.Outlook: Grady will be one of the favorites in every race she enters, and the Clippers have a strong supporting cast. If things fall right, a trip to state as a team is a possibility.

Bureau Valley StormCoach: Dale Donner2013 postseason: Placed fourth at 1A Bureau Valley Regional and 14th at Oregon Sectional.RosterRegan Weidner Sr.Riley Francis Sr.Megan Shipp Sr.Heather Williams So.Marissa Mungia So.Haley Weidner Fr.Outlook: Regan Weidner will be looking to recapture the form that earned her second place at state as a sophomore. She'll get a boost from her sister Haley, a freshman, while Francis and Williams are also seasoned runners.

Dixon DuchessesCoach: Evan Thorpe2013 postseason: Placed third at 2A Sterling Regional and 13th at Belvidere Sectional.RosterJuliane Schlag Sr.Sydney Kitzman Sr.Shana Drengenberg Sr.Madison Dixon Sr.Meghan Fruin Sr.Kaitlyn Binkley Jr.Clara Thorpe Jr.Alexandria Bellini So.Leah Nelson So.Katie Lawton So.Courtney Seagren So.Mekenzie Harden So.Madeline Larimore Fr.Leah Drengenberg Fr.Kira Lozano Fr.Outlook: The Duchesses' top runner from a year ago, Katie Pitman, graduated, but Harden, Seagren, Kitzman and Shana Drengenberg give the team four experienced performers at the top of the lineup.

Eastland CougarsCoach: Kim HaverlandRosterHannah Wilczynski Sr.Lexis Macomber Sr.Megan Schmieder Jr.Sammy Sohl Jr.Lauren Swanson Jr.Anna Kuper So.Leah Kuper Fr.Cecelia Guerrero Fr.

Erie-Prophetstown PanthersCoach: Elizabeth Green2013 postseason: Placed seventh at 1A Bureau Valley Regional and 19th at the Oregon Sectional.RosterCorrie Reiley Sr.Mikayla Bolton Sr.Calya Crane Sr.Carrie Driscoll Sr.Leela Parrish Sr.Ashlynn Steel Sr.Heather Strike Sr.Olivia DeWitte Jr.Emily Hanover Jr.Chance Johnston So.Stephanie Sandrock Fr.Alyssa Wheeler Fr.Outlook: Reiley figures to be one of the area's top runners, and Steel and Strike also return to the lineup. The Panthers have a number of first-year team members, and if they pan out, could be a threat come postseason time.

Newman CometsCoach: Pat Warkins2013 postseason: The Simpsons and McKenna were each sectional qualifiers.RosterHaley Simpson Sr.Teagan McKenna So.Kelsey Simpson So.Natalie Amezola Fr.Kate Bonnell Fr.Madaline Grove Fr.Lauren Henson Fr.Elizabeth Oswalt Fr.Jillienne Roe Fr.Kirsten Tunink Fr.Outlook: The Comets are solid at the top, and the addition of seven freshmen will allow them to field a full team. If two of the youngsters step up, Newman will be competitive.

Oregon HawksCoach: Tim Gipper2013 postseason: Placed eighth at the 1A Winnebago RegionalRosterSoledad Silva Sr.Mealanie Muller Sr.Lillifee Schulz Sr.Zoe Nelson Jr.Abigail Newman Jr.Kelsey Handschuh So.Mayra Nava-Moyoti So.Rosie Sarantakos So.Kaylee Brehm Fr.Outlook: The Hawks have a new look this season, with a new coach and only one returning runner in Sarantakos.

Rock Falls RocketsCoach: Mark Truesdell2013 postseason: Placed second at 1A Bureau Valley Regional, then 10th at Oregon Sectional. Makaley Velasquez was a state qualifier.RosterCarmina Lopez Sr.Ellie McKee Sr.Lilly Ngai Sr.Bailie Smith Sr.Michaela Spreier Sr.Mackenzie Schueler Jr.Makaley Velazquez Jr.Olivia Babcock So.Kamryn Hey Fr.Outlook: The Rockets return Velasquez, Smith and Spreier from last year's sectional team, a nucleus that should have the team in the hunt for another sectional berth.

Sterling Golden WarriorsCoach: Tyler Gaumer2013 postseason: Placed sixth at 2A Sterling Regional, then 14th at Belvidere Sectional.RosterMercedes Sanchez Sr.Santana Estrada Sr.Clarissa Worcester Sr.Maya Miller Sr.Angel DePuy Jr.Mackenzie Barnhart Jr.Bryana Johnson Jr.Maggie McPherson So.Megan Barnhart So.Maegan McCue So.Priscilla Castillo So.Amelia Martinez So.Tylor O'Brien Fr.Ariana Rodriguez Fr.Sophia Brown Fr.Abigil Nitz Fr.Outlook: The Warriors return intact, with McPherson (18th at sectional), Megan Barnhart (26th) and Sanchez (37th) leading the way.

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