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Cross-country preview: Esko Eskomos

Eskomos have new, returning runners, but Section 7A a deep, talented section; first meet Aug. 22 at Chub Lake

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Mason Klatte sprints toward Esko schools as the rain starts to fall during Esko cross-country's early-morning practice Tuesday, Aug. 20. Klatte is one of seven seventh grade boys on the team. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

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.

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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).”

Related Topics: ESKOCROSS COUNTRY
Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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