Holdingford boys aim for top spot in CMC
By PATRICK SLACK
The Holdingford girls cross country team entered last fall as virtual unknowns heading into its second season after the program was reformed.
That won’t be the case this season, a year removed from a Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) championship and a dominant display at the Section 6A meet that resulted in a first-place finish and a trip to state.
The Huskers open the season ranked eighth in Class A, led by the 2011 Morrison County Record Runner of the Year, junior Abby Mokhtary.
Mokhtary won the CMC individual crown last year and placed 33th overall at state.
She was trailed closely by sophomore Emily Wolter in 35th and freshman Alli Ruprecht in 50th, who should form a strong leading trio for Holdingford.
Also competing in the state meet last season were senior Kaitlin Preusser, junior Joelle Ertl and eighth graders Jo Merten and Angel Rick.
Maple Lake should be Holdingford’s primary competition in the CMC, head coach Mark Alcorn said, with Albany being the top competition in the section.
Preusser is the lone senior on this year’s girls team.
The Holdingford boys team also put together a strong season a year ago, finishing as the CMC runner-up.
The Huskers will bring back their entire line-up from last year to try to improve one spot and win the conference title, led by All-CMC sophomores Abe Skwira and Andrew Zachman.
Other returners include junior Nick Hiltner, sophomores Zach Ryan and Jake Thell and freshman Marcus Rick.
Also expected to contribute is the team’s lone senior Ryan Hartung, who joins the cross country team after competing in distance events in track and field.
Holdingford opens the season at Maple Lake, Aug. 30.
The Huskers’ lone home meet is Sept. 6.