SAVHS boys cross country gunning for three in a row

The St. Anthony Village High School boys cross country team has won the past two Tri-Metro Conference team championships. In order to make it three in a row, the Huskies need to replace their three top runners from a year ago.

St. Anthony returns five letterwinners, including 2015 all-conference performers Joe Lynch and Drew Nelson. Lynch is a sophomore and Nelson a junior this season. Also returning is freshman Tait Nelson, who was all-conference honorable mention last year.

Head coach Travis MacLeod expects St. Croix Lutheran and Fridley to be the top challengers on the boys side in the Tri-Metro this season. Fridley was the conference runner-up in 2015.

St. Anthony’s girls team returns three letterwinners from its third-place conference team last year. Among the top returning runners are senior Zofia Smith and juniors Lindsey Paulson and Ava Grotting.

Visitation is the defending Tri-Metro Conference girls team and of the 15 Blazers who ran in last year’s conference championship meet, only two were seniors and neither was part of the team’s top 10 runners.

“We are looking to have a fun and building season,” said MacLeod, who is in his 10th season as St. Anthony’s head coach. “Both the boys and girls teams are going to be looking to compete for a conference championship.”

Between St. Anthony’s two teams, there are 60 runners out for cross country this fall and more than half (35) are new to the program.

“It will be very interesting to see how all of the new runners to the program respond when the races start happening,” said MacLeod. “In summer running and practices so far, they have shown quite a bit of promise.”

St. Anthony opens the season on Saturday at the Holy Angels Invitational held at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis. There are 18 boys teams and 19 girls teams set to participate, including all of the Tri-Metro Conference teams.

“If they compete hard and keep to the training plan, we think they can meet those goals or at least come pretty close,” MacLeod said. “As long as they are doing their best and enjoying the cross country experience, we will be pretty happy.”


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.




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