North cross country runners finding their strides

Compared to some of the competition, the North High School boys cross country team is running a little low on athletes. That doesn’t worry head coach Dave Terry, however.

North has a solid top four around which to build for the 2016 season. Terry said that this year’s group of runners has discovered their way.

“It’s one thing to have the boys go out and run but it’s another thing to educate them on how to be a strong, tactical, proficient runner,” Terry said. “These disciplines clicked with a number of runners last track season. Somehow the light just went on and they became stronger versions of themselves during their races.”

Leading the Polars this fall are seniors Evan Gill and Cole Soular and juniors Yonas Araya and Cole Ogne. Ogne was second on the team at the section meet in 2015 while Soular was fourth and Gill was fifth. Araya moves up to the varsity this year after winning the Metro East Conference junior varsity title last season.

“I’m convinced he’s found his calling,” Terry said of Araya. “He had near perfect attendance during our summer conditioning.”

Terry said Soular’s confidence has grown since 2015.

“Cole Soular, who is one of our captains, I believe will be a more confident runner coming off of a successful track season,” Terry said.

As far as competing with a smaller number of runners, Terry isn’t going to fret it.

“We do have a small squad but I would put strength of character and effort over numbers,” Terry said. “Over the years those virtues haven’t faltered.”

The Polars open the season on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Carlyle Sherstad Invitational in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. North won the meet last year.

North’s second race of the season is Friday, Sept. 2 at an invitational meet hosted by Maple Lake High School.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

2016 North boys cross country schedule

Aug. 25
Sept. 2
Sept. 13
Sept. 24
Sept. 29
Oct. 6
Oct. 18
Oct. 26
Invitational at Grantsburg Golf Course
Invitational at Maple Lake
Metro East meet at St. Croix Regional Park
Milaca Mega Meet at Milaca Golf Course
Osseo Invitational at Elm Creek Park Reserve
Blaine Invitational at Majestic Oaks GC
Metro East championships at St. Croix Reg. Park
Section 4AA championships at Les Bolstad GC
4:30 p.m.
9 a.m.
4 p.m.
10 a.m.
4 p.m.
3:15 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.

 

 

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