Returning girls varsity cross country runners, left to right: Natalie Stoks, Izabelle Hulzebos, Jordyn Jostock, Braelyn Merritt, Claire Stoks, Mya Pesek, Nohemi Diaz, Charlotte Brunsvig, Hannah Vlamnick, Hannah Fadness, and Lillie Wollum.Returning boys varsity runners, left to right: Tallen Merritt, Brennan Giese, Blake Giese, Colton Ruether, Nicholas Full, Zach Ourada, Sam Skorczewski, Brandon Danielson, Carson Becker, and Hunter Danielson. (Not pictured Kolton Duis).

2023 BOYS & GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY SEASON PREVIEW

C/M boys, girls teams look solid again

HEAD COACH
Allyson Pesek, 6th year
ASSISTANT COACHES
Jennifer Ufkin, Sara Wollum
BOYS CAPTAINS
Sam Skorczewski, Kolton Duis, Zach Ourada
GIRLS CAPTAINS
Braelyn Merritt, Claire Stoks
LAST YEAR
Boys - 1st in Camden Conference, 4th in Section 3A ... Girls - 1st in Camden Conference, 2nd in Section 3A (state qualifier)

A total of 65 student-athletes are participating in boys (28) and girls (37) cross country this fall for the Canby/Minneota teams. Of those, 11 boys and 11 girls ran on varsity at one time or another.
"For the girls, we have our entire state qualifying team back," said Allyson Pesek, now in her sixth season as head coach. "I know the girls are determined to be in the state meet again come November. They want to continue to build a strong team and be at the top of the section."
"The boys are ready to be competitive," Pesek added. "We have most of our team returning. The boys continue to be in the top five of the section, and the goal is making it to the state meet as a team."

Canby/Minneota Girls
At the state meet last season, the girls finished sixth out of 16 teams, and with the lineup intact this year, there are high hopes of a return trip and a higher finish.
Individually, Braelyn Merritt placed 20th out of 158 runners at state in 19:43.4 to earn All-State honors, as well as Academic All-State, along with Claire Stoks. Academic All-State is achieved by anyone in grades 10-12 finishing in the top 15 in the section meet that also maintains a GPA of 3.75 or higher.
Five returning varsity runners finished in the top 10 in the Camden Conference, each earning All-Conference honors. They were: Merritt, 1st; Stoks, 2nd; Mya Pesek, 4th; Jordyn Jostock, 6th, and Nohemi Diaz, 10th.
Merritt (5th) and Stoks (7th) each earned medals at the section meet.
The Canby/Minneota girls also earned Gold All-Academic Section last season. Merritt was All-Conference Academic.

2023 GIRLS ROSTER
Seniors: Braelyn Merritt
Juniors: Nohemi Diaz, Hannah Fadness, Claire Stoks, Natalie Stoks, Lillie Wollum
Sophomores: Isabelle Hulzebos, Hannah Vlaminck
Eighth grade: Charlotte Brunsvig, Jordyn Jostock, Mya Pesek

Canby/Minneota Boys
The Canby/Minneota boys won two conference meets last year and finished with three All-Conference selections in Zach Ourada (2nd), Kolton Duis (3rd) and Blake Giese (5th).
Duis and Ourada were All-Conference Academic, and Ourada was also. Academic All-State.
The boys finished fourth out of 18 teams in the section a year ago with Ourada placing third in the section meet, qualifying for the state meet where he finished 24th out of 158 runners in a time of 16:41.6.

2023 BOYS ROSTER
Seniors: Kolton Duis, Nicolas Full, Zach Ourada, Colton Ruether, Sam Skorczewski
Juniors: Blake Giese, Brandon Danielson
Sophomores: Carson Becker, Hunter Danielson
Freshman: Tallen Merritt
Eighth grade: Brennan Giese

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