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Dickinson High cross country starts season at Jamestown

The Dickinson High cross country team enters the new season with a surplus of members, but the Midgets will have to grow together, as many are untested at the varsity level.

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Dickinson High senior Mike Herauf competes at the Becki Wells Invite Sept. 19, 2015, at Heart River Golf Course. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)

The Dickinson High cross country team enters the new season with a surplus of members, but the Midgets will have to grow together, as many are untested at the varsity level.

“Overall, our numbers are up,” head coach Greg Jung said. “There are 27 boys and 15 girls that are out, so that’s quite a few more than we’ve had the last couple years. That’s a good sign - there’s some interest in being on the running team.”

Dickinson High opens its season at 10 a.m. today at the Jamestown Invite.

While a vast majority of those groups will be running on varsity or junior varsity for the first time, there is some returning experience the Midgets can rely on.

The girls return junior Alexus Meduna and seniors Elizabeth Yoder and Chelsea Anderson, while the boys bring back senior Mike Herauf and freshman Aidan Jung - Greg’s son - from a boys team that lost three seniors. 

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“We have a couple of returning kids and that’s really it,” Greg Jung said. “We have a lot of kids who are returning cross country runners, but not a lot of depth, varsity-wise. We’re going to be a little bit inexperienced in terms of running a varsity race. But to me, that doesn’t take too long. You run a couple of varsity meets and you’re a young kid, you grow up in a hurry.”

Dickinson’s hoping to streamline that learning curve with the early meet in Jamestown.

state meet course just to become familiar with it.”

In the earlygoing, and throughout the season, Jung expects to see great results from the usual suspects.

Yoder placed sixth in the state last season and, Jung believes, she will be in that echelon again this year.

“I think Liz is going to have a great year,” he said. “My expectation is for her to be one of the best runners in the state. Unfortunately for her, everybody that beat her last year is back. The Class A girls side is loaded. I know she’s always had her sights on being a state champion, and we’re going to do everything we can to get her there.”

Jung added that Meduna and Anderson - the latter of whom has returned nicely from an injury suffered during last season’s cross country season - have both looked strong in the preseason as well.

On the boys side, Aidan Jung placed 57th at state last year, the highest among Dickinson’s returners. Dickinson’s boys will also have seniors in Tyler Kostelecky and Layton Lambert, but Greg Jung will look at Herauf to be the leader. 

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“He’s been a cross country runner most of his high school career,” Jung said, “and he’s a great kid to have after him being state pole vault champion last year. He just has so much confidence. The kids really look up to him. He’s been a really good role model for our inexperienced kids as well.”

“We just want to see where everybody’s at,” Jung said. “You can train and you can look good in training, but we have to see how that carries over to racing. We’re going to see, not only where they are physically, but where they are mentally, because cross country is such a tough mental sport.”

The state meet will also be held in Jamestown this year, so attending this early meet allows Dickinson’s runners to get the lay of the land.

“It might be nice to wait a week before our first meet,” Jung said, “but we wanted to take advantage of running on the 

The Dickinson High cross country team enters the new season with a surplus of members, but the Midgets will have to grow together, as many are untested at the varsity level.“Overall, our numbers are up,” head coach Greg Jung said. “There are 27 boys and 15 girls that are out, so that’s quite a few more than we’ve had the last couple years. That’s a good sign - there’s some interest in being on the running team.”Dickinson High opens its season at 10 a.m. today at the Jamestown Invite.While a vast majority of those groups will be running on varsity or junior varsity for the first time, there is some returning experience the Midgets can rely on.The girls return junior Alexus Meduna and seniors Elizabeth Yoder and Chelsea Anderson, while the boys bring back senior Mike Herauf and freshman Aidan Jung - Greg’s son - from a boys team that lost three seniors. “We have a couple of returning kids and that’s really it,” Greg Jung said. “We have a lot of kids who are returning cross country runners, but not a lot of depth, varsity-wise. We’re going to be a little bit inexperienced in terms of running a varsity race. But to me, that doesn’t take too long. You run a couple of varsity meets and you’re a young kid, you grow up in a hurry.”Dickinson’s hoping to streamline that learning curve with the early meet in Jamestown.“We just want to see where everybody’s at,” Jung said. “You can train and you can look good in training, but we have to see how that carries over to racing. We’re going to see, not only where they are physically, but where they are mentally, because cross country is such a tough mental sport.”The state meet will also be held in Jamestown this year, so attending this early meet allows Dickinson’s runners to get the lay of the land.“It might be nice to wait a week before our first meet,” Jung said, “but we wanted to take advantage of running on the 

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