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Cross country preview: Legacy girls shooting for team berth

The Lightning pushed two runners to the big dance, with Melanie Nun and April Gonsalves battling their ways to respectable finishes at the Arapaho County Fairgrounds. With the junior and sophomore back on the roster and a slew of rising stars in the wings, Legacy has the potential for big things in 2011.

“We have a lot of depth and competition on our team this season, which should push us,” coach Stephanie Naumann said. “I’m excited about what we’re bringing to the year.”

Early on, all eyes will fall on Nun, with the junior entering the season with the most-proven assets. Nun should lead the pack again this year and aims to better her 22nd-place state finish and time of 19:55.43. Gonsalves, who finished 159th at state with a time of 22:41.97, should be at the front of the pack, but will be pushed.

Sydney Dickson is fired up coming off a 2010 injury and Devyn Palm-Trujillo has shown she can keep up with the fastest paces on the team.

The Legacy boys have their work cut out for them; with no returning state qualifiers the team is starting from scratch. Even as the Lightning boys face a rebuilding year, the team has the potential for bright individual performances. Christopher Carroll and Eddie Decrescenzo should spend much of the season dueling each other for the lead position, which should produce decent times for the sophomores.

LEGACY

Coach: Stephanie Naumann (second season).

Returning Class 5A state qualifiers: Girls — Melanie Nun, Jr.; April Gonsalves, Soph.

Future contributors: Girls — Devyn Palm-Trujillo, Soph.; Sydney Dickson, Sr. Boys — Christopher Carroll, Soph.; Eddie Decrescenzo, Soph.

Top times: Girls — Melanie Nun 18:42.00. Boys –Cameron Rzonca 16:49.00.

Schedule:

Sept. 3 Pre-state Invitational@Arapahoe County Fairgrounds 9 a.m.

Sept. 9 Gator Invitational@Westminster Recreation Center 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 16 Liberty Bell@Heritage TBA

Sept. 23 John Martin Invitational@Fort Collins 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 1 Pat Patten Invitational@Viele Lake 10 a.m.

Oct. 9 Northglenn Invitational@Open Space Park 3 p.m.