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2014 Desert Oasis Boys Cross Country Capsule


Head coach: Jim Dinkel, seventh season

Returning lettermen: Four

Top athletes: Thomas Ness (Sr.), Zach Wood (Jr.), Elliott Trask (So.)

Outlook: The Diamondbacks finished second in the Southwest League last year and return four lettermen.

“The boys team suffered big graduation losses with three of the top four runners graduating, but are looking for strong leadership from senior Thomas Ness and newcomer Zach Wood,” Dinkel said.

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