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Boys' cross country 2016: Area teams to watch

Mount Vernon-Lisbon is the defending champion in Class 3A

Cam Steffens (860) is among the boys’ returners for Cedar Rapids Prairie, which finished third in Class 4A at the state cross country meet last year. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)
Cam Steffens (860) is among the boys’ returners for Cedar Rapids Prairie, which finished third in Class 4A at the state cross country meet last year. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Area boys’ cross country teams to watch for the 2016 season:

CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE

• Coach — Bill Schwarz

• 2015 state finish — 3rd in Class 4A

• State returners (4) — Cam Steffens (sr.), Colton LaGrange (soph.), Matt Lorenz (sr.), Elijah Vlasek (jr.)

DECORAH

• Coach — Brad Johansen

• 2015 state finish — 5th in Class 3A

• State returners (5) — Andrew Kephart (jr.), Richard Weis (sr.), Gus Hayes (soph.), Tyler Vandelune (jr.), Jackson Varney (jr.)

IOWA CITY WEST

• Coach — Brian Martz

• 2015 state finish — 8th in Class 4A

• State returners (5) — Kolby Greiner (soph.), Ali Ali (sr.), Andrew Murley (sr.), Jared Bailey (jr.), Kyle Sulwer (jr.)

More: Boys' cross country runners to watch

LINN-MAR

• Coach — Todd Goodell

• 2015 state finish — 7th in Class 4A

• State returners (5) — Ryan Murphy (sr.), Colin Johnston (jr.), Dalton Gosch (sr.), Carter Lorenz (sr.), Brycen Snell (jr.)

MID-PRAIRIE

• Coach — Mark Hostetler

• 2015 state finish — 4th in Class 2A

• State returners (5) — Peyton Miller (jr.), Floyd Evans (jr.), Andrew Schwartz (sr.), Brent Foster (sr.), Marshal Teets (jr.)

MOUNT VERNON-LISBON

• Coach — Kory Swart

• 2015 state finish — Class 3A champion

• State returners (5) — Chase McLaughlin (sr.), Jack Young (sr.), Thatcher Krob (jr.), Liam Conroy (sr.), Zach Krogmann (sr.)

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