2007 Willmar Cardinals Boys and Girls Cross Country Preview
COACH Disa Daucsavage, Jerry Popp ASSISTANT COACH Carrie Peterson LOOKING BACK Central Lakes Conference: Boys 1st, girls 2nd Section 2AA: Boys 1st, girls 11th Class AA State Meet: Boys 1st Class AA top 25 individually: (5) Kaafi Adeys (7) Abdi Aw...
Disa Daucsavage, Jerry Popp
Central Lakes Conference: Boys 1st, girls 2nd
Section 2AA: Boys 1st, girls 11th
Class AA State Meet: Boys 1st
Class AA top 25 individually: (5) Kaafi Adeys (7) Abdi Awale (14) Mahad Hassan (16) Mohammed Bedel (23) Mustafa Yusuf
Season: 9 a.m. today at Moorhead Invitational.
Cardinal Invitational: 1 p.m. Sept. 29 (Marshall, Moorhead, Forest Lake, Trinity, Fargo North.
Central Lakes championships: Oct. 17 at Sartell.
Section 2AA: Oct. 25 TBD.
SENIORS: Vanessa Engelmann, Britta Pederson, Alexandra Unger
JUNIOR: Ashley Bach, Katherine Heng, April McGillivray, Ashley Wigton
SOPHOMORES: Tina Bloch, Jayne Cole, Emily Ellingson, Danielle Erickson, Caitlin Fritz, Dominique Hudson, Julie Hulstrand, Jaqueline Johnson, Alexa McLain, Erin Sheehan, Mursal Shire, Victoria Yoakum
FRESHMEN: Emily Bebler, Kayte Cole, Karlie Hoffer, Halie Larson, Sarah Malam, Katelyn Mehr
- Plenty of experience is back. The girls lost only senior Brin Hanson to graduation but are still relatively young with only three seniors on roster.
- One of those, Vannessa Engelmann, won the 12th-grade race at the conference jamboree on Thursday. Strength of team in terms of experience is in the sophomore class.
- Summer mileage improved over 2006 but still short of what it takes to rank among elite teams, according to co-head coach Jerry Popp.
- Conference champion Brainerd was only 20 points ahead of second-place Willmar in the conference meet last year.
- Varsity leaders expected to come from this group: Engelmann, Jayne Cole, Jackie Johnson, Danielle Erickson, Erin Sheehan, Britta Pederson, Ashley Bach, Ashley Wigton with Emily Ellingson and newcomer Dominique Hudson runners to watch.
SENIORS: David Anderson, Stephan Baggenstoss, Zach Coquyt, Nicholas Dahlke, Ryan Larsen, Martin Nelson, Andrew Nicklawsky, Josiah Swanson, Adam Thorpe
JUNIOR: Garrett Erickson, Mahad Hassan, Andrew Johnson, Philip Knutson, Ryan Sheehan
SOPHOMORES: Ahmed Abshir, Alexander Benson, Michael Cola, Hassan Farah, Mohamed Hussein, Thomas LaPatka, Daniel Voss, Matthew Weitzel
FRESHMEN: David Arnold, Derek Ballandby, Matthew Konieczny
- Two-time state champions in Class AA lost five of top seven. The holdovers, senior Andrew Nicklawsky, won the senior race at the jamboree while Mahad Hassan claimed first in the race pitting all the 11th-grade boys in the 10-team loop. The Cardinals made it a sweep in the top three classes when Mohamed Hussein won the 10th-grade race.
- Conference rival Brainerd is ranked in the pre-season Class AA top five ahead of Willmar. The Warriors have their top five harriers returning.
- Top prospects to fill the spots created by graduation are David Anderson, Zach Coquyt, Ryan Larsen and Abshir Ahmed. Coquyt finished 10th in the CLC meet last year where the Cardinals posted a perfect score of 15.
- Two former members of both state championship teams, Abdi Awale and Mustufa Yusuf, are attending Minnesota State Mankato where they have joined the cross-country team and will also run track.