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Men's Team
The 2013 MMC men's cross country team will be led by two seniors: Jordan Pater and Sam Lopez. Pater was the top runner for the team last season as be holds the Mount Marty 8k record for cross country that he set last season with a time of 25:16. Jordan also was All-Conference and qualified and ran at the National Cross Country meet in Vancouver, WA. Sam Lopez was the second runner on the team and his the 5th best 8k time in Lancer history for cross country.

Joshua Monson and Mychal Bierwagen also are seniors and had very good seasons last year also. Gage Blaschke had a very good freshman season and also looks to make an impact on the team's success. MMC added 4 freshman that should help the team also. Jordan Houdek placed 6th in the South Dakota Class B state cross country meet in 2012 and shows promise. Also looking to strengthen the team are new comers Christian Petrich from Lennox, SD, Sky Humbert from Mission, SD and William Lawrence from Columbus, NE.

The Lancer men placed 7th out of 11 teams in the conferenced last year for the second highest finish in the GPAC conference in school history. The men hope to improve on last year's performance which looks to be one of the best in Lancer history as the team could surprise as the season progresses.

Women's Team
The 2013 MMC women's cross country team will be led by senior Katie Smelker. Katie is 3rd on the all-time Lancer cross country list with a 18:45 for 5k and was a near miss at qualifying for the National cross country meet last year. The team will be young as the Lancers graduated 6 from last year's squad. They look to be a solid team and hope to improve on last year's GPAC finish as the team tied for the best season in GPAC history placing 8th out of 11 teams at the conference meet.

Jordyn Hudelson will play a big part of the Lancer success also this fall as she had one of the best freshman seasons in Lancer history by running 19:28 for the 5k distance putting her 6th on the all-time school cross country list. Beth Finnegan a Junior from Newcastle, NE looks to add strength to the team also. MMC added 5 talented freshman that should help the team. Tiffany Tramp from Crofton, NE placed in the top 15 all 4 years of her high school career leading the Warriors to a state team title all 4 years. Tiffany's highest finish at the Class D state meet was 3rd place in 2010. Mandy O'Malley from North Platte, NE also placed in the top 18 at the state cross country meet on different occasions with her highest finish of 11th place and also has some great potential. Karen Mayfield from Watertown, SD also has a great deal of potential as she ran a 3200 meter in 11:49 at last year's state track meet and is also very good at the distance as she run 2 marathons already. Berkley Rietveld from Mitchell, SD also is a very talented athlete that is a very good cross country runner and has run an 800 in 2:25 on the track. Caitlin Davis from Elk Point, SD looks to make an impact on the team as she is also shows great potential.

The Lancer women have the potential to be possibly the best women's cross country team in school history as they gain valuable experience during the season.