Cross-country preview: Esko Eskomos
Eskomos have new, returning runners, but Section 7A a deep, talented section; first meet Aug. 22 at Chub Lake
Head coach: Jerimy Hallsten
Assistant coaches: Gary Beaudot
Returning boys: Dylan Edlund, Jonah Randah, Jeremiah Foucalt, Nate Rengo,
Returning girls: Haley Mullen, Madelyn Haapala, Grace Hrabik, Grace Shingledecker
New faces to watch — boys: The team has seven seventh-grade boys and three new transfers who have shown potential in the first week of practice.
New faces to watch — girls: Lexi Tester has not run cross-country, but is coming off a successful middle- and long-distance track season.
Team strengths: Head coach Jerimy Hallsten said persistence and optimism are among the team’s strengths. The team doesn’t have a lot of experience, but has shown a commitment to improving both individually and as a team.
Biggest challenge: “Our section (7A) in general — we have two of the best boys and girls runners in the state and arguably the most talented section in the state top to bottom,” Hallsten said. “Whoever comes out of the section meet this year will make some noise down at the state meet at St. Olaf (College).”