by Bruce Strand
Rogers cross country squad one returns state qualifier, Reed Parent, and otherwise a boys and girls squad with two seniors among 40 runners.
Three good veterans who teamed with Parent, now a junior, to place fourth in conference and sixth in section have graduated, leaving lots of openings.
“We lost a lot of strength and experience … those guys had been around for quite some time,” noted coach Steve Leuer, but he added that there’s good potential in the ranks and the young guys will have a chance to spread their wings.
“They will be the ones looked to lead the pack, instead of just following along. It’s always fun to see the young’s bucks step into that kind of role and figure out what they are really capable of.”
Last year —
Boys 4th in conference, 6th in section; girls 6th in conference, 11th in section
Coach — Steve Leuer (8th year)
Boys returning lettermen — Kyle Narragon (sr), Reed Parent (jr), Karl Gorecki (so), Collin Young (so)
Girls returning lettermen — Hannah Lewis (jr), Jackie Lindfors (jr), Madie Mikolich (so)
Conference — Mississippi 8
Section — 5AA with Anoka, Blaine, Centennial, Champlin Park, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Irondale, Maple Grove, Mounds View, Osseo, Park Center, STMA, Spring Lake Park, Totino-Grace