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2014 Green Valley Boys Cross Country Capsule


Head coach: Blaine Thompson, 12th season

Returning lettermen: Ten

Top athletes: Austin Rogers (Jr.), Lenny Rubi (So.), Robert Lovelady (Sr.), Ben Stock (Sr.), Nick Lamb (Sr.), Jake Braverman (Jr.), Dartanyon Jones (So.), Mitch Vereen (So.)

Outlook: The Gators are primed for a big year as they bring back their entire top 10 from last season.

Rogers finished third and Rubi fourth in last year’s Sunrise Region meet. They’re the top two returnees from that meet.

“We want to win the Sunrise Region championship and contend for the state championship,” Thompson said.

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