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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Wolves cross country team features strong returning runners, talented newcomers

 

August 28, 2019



The Three Forks High School cross country team will open the 2019 season with a mix of seasoned upperclassmen and talented newcomers. They also had a record number of student athletes join the team.

Head coach Tara Forsberg reported 19 joined the high school team in 2019, the highest number in her five years with the program. The junior high team also had a tremendous turnout with 24 runners. Forsberg added her first year as coach they had a total of seven combined for junior high and high school.

According to Forsberg, the team will return all but three runners from last year's state meet in Missoula. They will also welcome a strong freshman class poised to shine this fall.

The runners who competed last year at state Devon Potts, Aden Lehr, Dean Buchholz, Anthony Deriana, Asher Lehr, Cody Hope, Lily Jones, Kodee Kolberg and Sara Kopp.

After the first few weeks of practice, Forsberg said the boys team is looking really good and for the first time they will have a full varsity and junior varsity team.

Forsberg praised her returning upperclassmen and said they are looking very strong but said some of the freshman boys will be challenging for varsity spots.

"They (freshman) are really fast, and are working really hard," she said.

Along with a talented freshman class, the boys team will also include an exchange student from Norway who is also playing football and a transfer from Broadwater County who competed in cross country for the Bulldogs.

Hannah Wilson competes at last year's state meet. This year's team has both talented returners and newcomers. File photo

Forsberg said the girls varsity team currently has five runners and they have to be careful not to get anyone injured.

With a mix of youth and experience, Forsberg feels the competition is good for the team and the younger kids will make the older kids work for their spots on varsity.

Looking to the season opening meet Saturday in Boulder, Forsberg said she likes to start off at a smaller competition.

"Boulder is kind of challenging because it is not a golf course. It is on a trail and in the fields," she said. "I just like to see them set a goal for themselves and not a real lofty goal. I just like to see where they are at. It's a good gauge for the rest of the season....I don't worry about times or scores. I don't want to push them too hard right out of the gate," she said.

 

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