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Prep cross-country: Raptors look to make waves despite low numbers

"A big area of strength for us is the fact that most of the girls’ and boys’ varsity runners are returning this year. They know what is expected of them and they all have a good work ethic," coach Brenda Knudsen said.

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Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum’s Brooklyn Wasche (7364) edges out Carlton/Wrenshall’s Brielle Simula for tenth place at the John Woodbury Invitational at Norwood Golf Course in Lake Nebagamon on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2021.
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Head coach: Brenda Knudsen

Assistant coach: Larissa Giebner and volunteer coach Ed Martin

Returning starters: "Returning for the girls’ varsity team are Abby Cid, Korah Crane, Sara Cid, Ruth Sandstrom, Isabel Riley and Brielle Simula," coach Brenda Knudsen said. "Returning for the boys’ varsity team are Jack Riley, AJ Oleson, Gavin Gibson, David Tuttle and Carl Tuttle."

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Newcomers to watch: "We have multiple young runners joining the team this year which is exciting due to our small numbers," Knudsen said.

What are the team's strengths?

"A big area of strength for us is the fact that most of the girls’ and boys’ varsity runners are returning this year. They know what is expected of them and they all have a good work ethic. They are very supportive of each other," Knudsen said. "Saying that, there is also a healthy level of competitiveness between them which really pushes them."

Where can the team improve?

"The main area of weakness we are facing is our low numbers. Carlton and Wrenshall are both very small schools and even though we are combined, we still have a very small team. We especially need to build our boys’ team," she said.

What will be the team's biggest challenge this season?

"With head coach Erik Holter stepping down, there are some big shoes to fill. He was an inspirational and positive coach, and he will be greatly missed," Knudsen said. "I think the biggest challenge we will face is making it to the section meet starting line healthy and uninjured. We are lucky to be in a section with so many great teams to compete against."

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