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Boy cross country preview: dead set on first

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Boys cross Country preview

The Monticello boys cross country team is looking to finish on top this season.

Head coach, Dave Wik, didn’t beat around the bush when asked about his expectations for this years’ performance as a team.

When asked where he expected to finish in the conference, he responded with one word, “First.”

So far, Wik’s confidence is key because the boys cross country team took first place on Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Maple Lake Varsity Invitational.

According to raceberryjam.com the Monticello Magic ended with a total of 79 points and an average time spread of 0:52.5. Mound Westonka came in a trailing second place with 90 points and an average time spread of 1:55.3.

Wik is teaming up with assistant coach Tony Kortenkamp and team manager Paul Guertin. in leading the cross country athletes.

Last year the team took sixth place overall in the conference and post season they were in ninth place in Section 8AA.

Returning letter winners on the boys cross country team include: Jackson May, Sawyer McCalla, Eli Schaffer, Jacob Biard, Riley Derby, Marcus Guertin, Cade Hansen, and Matt Penttila. From those returning letter winners are this seasons captains: the three seniors Jackson May, Sawyer McCalla and Eli Schaffer.

They team only lost two seniors from the previous season, Zach Revenig and Alec Smieja.

Coach Wik said that they will be missed and continued to be looked up to.

“We will miss there steady performance and reliability,” he said.

He expected all returning runners to fill those shoes in respects to making towards their final goal of winning the first place conference title.

Something that the team is going to focus on this year is the team effort that goes into winning.

“We will be focusing on our ability to pack a number of runners together in under 18:00,” Wik said.

Some of the challenging meets that the team is looking forward to is the Monti Invite, the Saint Francis Invite and finally the Conference Meet.

As far as top competitors go – the Magic intend to come out on top – but in the conference they will keep an eye on Cambridge-Isanti and for the section, Bemidji, Moorhead and Sartell.

Reach Jessie Meyen at jessie.meyen@ecm-inc.com

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