Prep Sports

Iowa girls' cross country 2020: Gazette area teams to watch

Mid-Prairie, Williamsburg, Monticello ran 1-2-3 in Class 2A last year

Linn-Mar's Micah Poellet runs at last year's MVC Super cross country meet at Iowa City. The Lions are ranked No. 1 in Cl
Linn-Mar's Micah Poellet runs at last year's MVC Super cross country meet at Iowa City. The Lions are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Top area girls’ cross country teams for the 2020 season:

Cedar Rapids Prairie

• Coach: Bill Schwarz

• 2019 state place: 8th in Class 4A

• Returning state runners (6): Gabby Cortez (jr.), Laurdyn Meyer (sr.), Kendall White (sr.), Grace Long (jr.), Alyza Koppes (jr.), Lily Johannes (jr.)

Linn-Mar

• Coach: Emily Burmeister

• 2019 state place: 3rd in Class 4A

• Returning state runners (5): Micah Poellet (sr.), Jordyn Beck (soph.), Chloe Skidmore (sr.), Lilly Geelan (sr.), Sarah Murphy (sr.)

Mid-Prairie

• Coach: Mark Hostetler

• 2019 state place: Class 2A champion

• Returning state runners (4): Ana Fleming (sr.), Mitzi Evans (jr.), Sydney Yoder (jr.), Jaden Yoder (jr.)

Monticello

• Coach: Dan Sauser

• 2019 state place: 3rd in Class 2A

• Returning state runners (7): Emma Althoff (soph.), Karle Kramer (jr.), Triniti Etzel (jr.), Lydia Recker (jr.), Emily Hendricks (soph.), Katie Roher (soph.), Mya Postel (soph.)

Solon

• Coach: Emy Williams

• 2019 state place: 7th in Class 3A

• Returning state runners (5): Emma Bock (jr.), Kiersten Conway (sr.), Mary Fiala (soph.), Meghan O’Neill (jr.), Kaia Holtkamp (jr.)

Williamsburg

• Coach: Nick Nordheim

• 2019 state place: Class 2A runner-up

• Returning state runners (5): Taylor Winegarden (jr.), Macey Marovets (soph.), Kendra Eichhorn (jr.), Ruth Jennings (jr.), Charlotte Wetjen (sr.)

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