A competitive group of returning talent will make this year's girls' cross country season something to remember.|
Moline earned its sixth consecutive Western Big 6 Conference crown last fall, and Keeley Knobloch returns to lead the Maroons in her senior season after qualifying for state last year. New faces, though, will have to step up to help fill some key roles this season.
Alleman looks to have a group of returners that will push Moline for that top spot. The Pioneers return sophomore Kaytlyn Golding, who is primed for a breakout season. Joining her are majority of the team's core from last season in Olivia Gonzalez, Michaela Hird, Lexie Mallary and Lucy Adlfinger.
The Maple Leafs girls also are primed for a big season in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference under first-year coach Kelley Timmerman. Geneseo returns leader Katie Puls as well as a pair of contributors looking to take that next step in Megan Coulter and Taylor Claus.
Rock Island will look for junior Agok Ayuen to push the pace for this year's team, and senior Iradukunda Josephine is a seasoned runner.
United Township junior Michaela Gordon has the potential to an all-conference runner, and the team has an interesting new prospect in Deijah Rivera-Watts.
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