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Girls' cross country 2016: Area teams to watch

Cascade, Monticello, South Winneshiek among top 2A contenders again

Cascade senior Becca McDermott is a three-time state runner-up. She led the Cougars to the Class 2A girls’ team championship last season. (Sy Bean/The Gazette)
Cascade senior Becca McDermott is a three-time state runner-up. She led the Cougars to the Class 2A girls’ team championship last season. (Sy Bean/The Gazette)

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

CASCADE

• Coach — Bob Davidshofer

• 2015 state finish — Class 2A champion

• State returners (4) — Becca McDermott (sr.), Madeline Rhomberg (soph.), Madison Kelchen (soph.), Ellie Loes (sr.)

IOWA CITY HIGH

• Coach — Tom Mittman

• 2015 state finish — 4th in Class 4A

• State returners (7) — Mary Arch (sr.), Emily Bywater (sr.), Anna Lindower (soph.), Mollie Hansen (sr.), Bridget Brown (jr.), Aly Hecker (soph.), Amelia Morrow (jr.)

IOWA CITY REGINA

• Coach — Chad Swope

• 2015 state finish — 4th in Class 1A

• State returners (7) — Molly Blondin (soph.), Natalie Shank (jr.), Molly Vittetoe (soph.), Nourah Abusada (jr.), Sara Burlage (sr.), Elizabeth Klesner (sr.), Mary Graff (soph.)

IOWA CITY WEST

• Coach — Mike Parker

• 2015 state finish — 5th in Class 4A

• State returners (5) — Bailey Nock (jr.), Olivia Moore (sr.), Ellie Gretter (sr.), Gabby Skopec (sr.), Claire Ronnebaum (jr.)

More: Girls' cross country runners to watch

MONTICELLO

• Coach — Dan Sauser

• 2015 state finish — Class 2A runner-up

• State returners (6) — Paige Holub (jr.), Keeley Anderson (soph.), Jordyn Patterson (jr.), Taylor McDonald (jr.), Rachel Larabee (jr.), Natalie Newhard (jr.)

SOUTH WINNESHIEK

• Coach — Kevin Kearney

• 2015 state finish — 3rd in Class 2A

• State returners (6) — Josie Kriener (sr.), Felicity Taylor (jr.), Shelby Reicks (sr.), Jenna Knutson (soph.), Sami Bohr (soph.), Sadie Nymeyer (sr.)

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