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Kennedy boys cross country team features depth, experience this season

The Kennedy cross country team will feature a very experienced boys team this year after returning every runner from last year’s squad.

Senior Dalton Susee will lead the team a year after nearly breaking the school’s 5,000-meter record.

“He is a strong and savvy runner, even though he does baseball in the spring instead of track,” said head coach Steve Ritchie via email.

Backing up Susee is Adrian Parra, who set the freshman record for the Trojans in the 5,000 last fall. He went on to set the freshman marks for the 1,500 and 3,000 during the track season and gives the team a powerful 1-2 punch.

“He is a tremendous talent who just needs to gain experience and confidence to be a truly outstanding runner,” said Ritchie.

Experienced freshman Noe Jines and senior John Savage give the team a deep squad to contend with the best teams in District 2.

The girls team has a solid pair of athletes, but lacks the depth of boys team.

Lauren Stokley returns for her junior year to defend her district championship.

Senior Cheyla Moranchel is poised to have a breakout season, according to Ritchie, but the other three spots on the girls team are up in the air.

“Several other girls will likely turn out, but we don’t have any other experienced runners on our team,” said Ritchie. “We may be hard-pressed to field a full squad of five, though I am hopeful.”

The Trojans start the year Thursday at Wilsonville.