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Girls cross country: Hochhalter excited about Alexandria's potential

Alexandria's Bethany Miller runs in the Lions Meet in October 2017 as part of a season where she earned All-Central Lakes Conference honors. Miller is back again this year to help lead the Alexandria runners. (File photo)

The Alexandria girls cross country team is looking to build off a 12th-place finish at state from a year ago.

Junior Bethany Miller will lead the bunch alongside her sister, freshman Aleah Miller. Both are returning All-Central Lakes Conference runners. Juniors Heavyn Bordak and Caitlin Bright, and seniors Stormy Hegg and Rachel Kumorowicz also bring back experience.

Head coach Travis Hochhalter said the Cardinals will have lots of returners to mix with some support. If they stay healthy, he hopes to be a contender for a top-two spot in Section 8AA.

“The girls are young, talented and great at working hard,” Hochhalter said.

Hochhalter feels that the experience from last year’s team, along with the newcomers who are also willing to put in the work, should be a strength this season. He pointed at Mary Whalen, Taelor Dummer, Lauren Englund and Jaelyn Miller as incoming runners who could make their mark this season.

“We saw great things from them last year and are hopeful that they will continue to develop during the 2018 season,” he said. “We have a solid nucleus of returning veteran runners and letterwinners along with some young talent.”

ALEXANDRIA GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY 2018 ROSTER

SENIORS -- Stormy Hegg, Rachel Kumorowicz, Mary Whalen.

JUNIORS -- Amanda Bittmann, Heavyn Bordak, Caitlin Bright, Julia Brito, Madera Dahlseid, Bethany Miller, Carly Wiirre.

SOPHOMORES -- Cathryn Bloom, Taelor Dummer, Brooke Houska, Grace Panther.

FRESHMEN -- Emma Ecker, Lauren Englund, Mary Heipel, Aleah Miller, Kaileigh Schneider, Gracie Uhde, Greta Urke.

SEVENTH-GRADERS -- Jaelyn Miller.

Head coach: Travis Hochhalter, fourth season coaching; Assistant coach: Jerry Amundson.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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