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The 2012 Laker girls’ cross country team takes off from the starting line during last year’s DL Rotary Invite. This year, the Lakers will be hosting the Section 8-2A meet. BRIAN BASHAM/DL NEWSPAPERS

Girls Cross Country Preview

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The Detroit Lakes girls’ cross country squad produced one of the best seasons team-wise in quite some time, which was keyed by superb depth and hard work.

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This season could trump 2012, as the majority of the team returns and the depth is just a little deeper.

“This year, we are senior-laden and that is big,” said DL head coach Jon Freeman. “I just have a sense of calm and unity from this team and I feel the confidence from the girls. That’s been a piece we’ve been missing for a long time.

“I attribute that to the senior group.”

Freshman Makenzie Ostlie returns after having a breakout season last year, while seniors Anne Holzgrove, Mackenzie Foltz, Emily Zok, Megan Ostlie and Rachel Wentz all are providing solid depth and leadership.

There is still some untested talent throughout the ranks of the Lakers, but with the depth being so close in times and talent, slots six through 12 are close.

“We have seniors, sophomores and freshmen all vying for the final two spots, it will be close,” Freeman added.

The top five will be hard to crack, though, with Makenzie Ostlie, Holzgrove, Wentz and Megan Ostlie all having a leg up.

Sophomore Haley Groth and Auroura Eckberg will be racing in their first varsity event come Monday, while Freeman awaits to see if junior Paige Blonigan can return from injury.

Also new to the team is freshman Jasmin Hamm-Coyne.

“We have quality to fill in the gaps if injury should occur or if someone in the top seven needs some time off,” Freeman said.

The Lakers will look to compete for the Mid-State Conference title once again.

DL will host the Section 8-2A meet Oct. 24 at the Detroit Country Club as well.

“Moorhead will be a buzzsaw in the section, but I think our team should be one to look at, too,” Freeman said.

DL will open the season at Staples-Motley Monday.

The 2013 Detroit Lakes boys’ cross country schedule:

August

26 at Staples-Motley

September

5   Detroit Lakes Invite

12 at Little Falls

21 at Milaca

26 at Fergus Falls

October

3   at Perham

10 at Crosby-Ironton

14 at Park Rapids

24 Section meet at Detroit Lakes, Detroit Country Club.

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN. 
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