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2012 Fall Preview: Season is Siekmeier's swan song with MSA cross country team

This fall, MSA senior Jacob Siekmeier, the best distance runner in the team's history, will be enjoying his final year with the Dragons.

Many young runners for the Math and Science Academy cross country team can use this season as a building block. However, for senior Jacob Siekmeier, this is it.

Siekmeier, the best distance runner in MSA history, will be enjoying his final year with the Dragons. Siekmeier earned All-State honors for the second-straight season last year, finishing 25th overall in the 2011 Class A State Cross Country Meet. He returns this season to help lead a young, but talented group of runners.

The Dragons boys team graduated Brady Hannula, the boys team captain last season and their No. 2 runner, along with Sam Daniewicz - the team's fifth runner. However, everyone else from MSA's 2011 roster is expected to be back this fall.

Junior Shawn Ramberg is expected to be the Dragons' No. 2 runner this year, with sophomore Noah Stout filling the third spot. Additionally, senior Han Yong Wunrow and junior Keith Nixon will likely help fill the Dragons' top five. Ramberg and Wunrow are the boys team's captains this year.

On the girls side, the Dragons lost exactly zero runners to graduation and bring back a talented group of underclassmen, led by sophomores Greta Siekmeier and Elise Lohmann, who were MSA's top two runners in 2011. Also, the team welcomes back sophomores Katie Baumann, Ines Siepmann, Julia Ing and eighth grader Ellie Haland. Maddie Ames, Maddie Gleekel and Jenny Mehta are the girls team's captains this season. Also, newcomers Charlie Boehm and Atte Kadoma are expected to contribute to the boys and girls teams, respectively, this fall.

Last year, the MSA boys took second place in the conference meet and sixth place in the Section 4A meet, while the girls earned second place in the conference and fifth place in the section.

Another team member who won't be back with the Dragons this fall is last year's head coach Cami Paulson. After a year at MSA, Paulson took a coaching and teaching position at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. A new head coach has yet to be named.