Metro high school girls cross country preview capsules
Coach: Mike Clark (20th season)
Last season: 11th at section meet
Who's gone: Bailey Narum.
Key returners: Katherine Finseth, Sr.; Marissa John, Fr.; Emma Friend, Fr.; Grace Rames, Jr.
Coach's comments: "Currently, Marissa John and Katherine Finseth are the top Rebel runners. Junior Grace Rames, freshman Emma Friend and seventh-grader Alexis Rude will be the mainstays in the Rebel girls program. Over the past couple of seasons, the Rebel girls have lost some dedicated and hardworking girls. They are difficult to replace. Though there are some talented runners returning to the program, a period of rebuilding will be needed to supply the depth needed to compete with the best programs in the area."
Coach: Jeremy Blake (ninth season)
Last season: Section champions, 15th place at state
Who's gone: Mickayla Allen, Kate Ludwig, Lexi Maddux and Sofie Overturf.
Key returners: Ashley Buegel, Sr.; Cassidy O'Meara, Sr.; Malery Selberg, Sr.; Rylie Johnson, Jr.; Tayler Melton, Jr.; Kenzie O'Connell, Jr.; Rylie Polomny, Jr.; McCall Clark, Fr.; Ella Grafstrom, Fr.
Coach's comments: "After one of the most exciting section championship races in memory, especially if you were a fan of the Spuds, the girls recognize that single result was possible because of the accumulation of countless choices. Well, this group of special young women elected to gather all summer to prepare for the next 10-12 weeks of running and racing and we're excited about the possibilities. Senior Cassidy O'Meara and juniors Taylor Melton and Rylie Polomny return from last year's championship team and look forward to making some new memories with their fellow Spuds."
Coach: Jason Edwards (third season)
Last season: Eastern Dakota Conference champions, Class A state champions
Who's gone: Jensen Bloom, Ana Claire Rue and Brenna Esslinger.
Key returners: Megan Lundstrom, Sr.; Bridget Henne, Sr.; McKenzie Burian, Sr.; Grace Ivesdal, Sr.; Payton Lane, Jr.; Aubrey Rude, Jr.; McKenna Lovehaug, So.; Taylor Dietz, So.; Ryleigh Wacha, So.; Elle Selzler, So.; Janae Phillips, So.; Hailey Bjerke, Fr.; Brenna Barnick, Fr.; Brooke Everson, eighth grade
Coach's comments: "We have an incredibly deep team with outstanding senior leadership at the top. Our girls put in a great summer of training and team building and are focused on the season ahead. With several outstanding performances this spring on the track, we will look to continue the strong tradition of Eagles distance running this fall. Many girls have goals of earning individual awards this season with a state team title as our No. 1."
Fargo Shanley-Oak Grove
Coach: Chris Foerster (11th year)
Last year's finish: Seventh at region meet, 12th at state
Who's gone: Chloe Drummond, Julia Krause, Sarah Lefor, Emma Richards, Lilly Rivard, Anna Skarphol and Maddie Wuebker
Key returners: Anna Bernhardt, Fr.; Maria Sornsin, Sr.; Kiley Craft, Fr.; Taylor Schneider, Fr.; Kate Gallagher, Jr.; Tessa Hultin, Jr.; Olivia Johnson, Jr.; Sadey Koch, Sr.; Maddie Schneider, Sr.
Coach's comments: "The girls will return nine members that competed in last year's state meet. A strong core of ninth-graders, featuring all-conference runner Anna Bernhardt, along with a mix of seasoned juniors and seniors hope to pull together a tight top-five group and improve on last year's performances."
Coach: Aaron Walker (14th season)
Last season: Sixth at state meet
Who's gone: Ellie Hammes, Anna Erickson and Abbi Grieger.
Key returners: Anna Lien, Fr.; Gabby Kramer, Jr.; Grace Dorsher, So.; Elle Sondag, Fr.; Isabelle Puhl, So.
Coach's comments: "The Spartan girls are eager and excited to start the upcoming 2018 season. After losing three of our top five runners to graduation last fall, our underclassmen have been working really hard to step up and fill those roles for us this season. As always, we hope to be running our best come October."
Coach: Jason Swier (fourth season)
Last season: 17th at state meet
Who's gone: Kennedie Beyer
Key returners: Chloe Bry, Jr.; Emily Sherva, So.; Samantha Hoselton, Fr.; Alice Carlson, Fr.; Alice Bauroth, Fr.; Liv Berger, Fr.
Coach's comments: "Finished on a positive note last year and had a lot of girls working hard this summer to be prepared for the season. We are young, but returning all but one member of the state team last year and looking to take the next step forward."
Coach: Brad Amundson (fourth season)
Last season: Eighth at state
Who's gone: Madison Nelson and Emmy Burtsfield.
Key returners: Hope Pringle, Jr.; Emily Hanson, Jr.; Clare Boldingh, So.
Coach's comments: "Like the boys, we want to be at our best by the end of the season. We've got a good group of seniors and our junior and sophomore class are girls that will also help us reach that goal."
West Fargo Sheyenne
Coach: Troy Thorson (fifth season)
Last season: Fourth place at Eastern Dakota Conference meet, seventh at state
Who's gone: Caleigh Anderson, Lucy Glessner, Brenna Heitmann and Elisabeth Kolb.
Key returners: Katrina Dietz, Sr.; Mya Bruhschwein, Sr.; Onnica Stansbury, So.; Eden Smith, So.
Coach's comments: "We will have a really good core group returning this season. As we get into our meet schedule and face competition, this group will be counted on to keep improving every week and be ready to put our best performance together at the end of the season at the EDC and state meet. We will also need to rely on a group of first year runners to play a huge role on this team by the end of the season."