New coaches and new runners will make for a new era of Astoria cross country, as the Fishermen enter the 2013 season.

It’s not an entirely new team, as a few runners return after successful seasons in 2012.

Senior Karla Suarez returns after placing seventh at districts last year, while senior Nicholas Long (fourth at districts) will challenge for the boys’ individual Cowapa League title.

Long already won a preseason alumni race.

“We’ll have to find some rabbit for him to chase,” said Astoria coach Julia Mabry, who takes over head coaching duties along with Chuck Adams. “He needs someone to keep him running fast.”

Adams will coach the Astoria boys, while Mabry will lead the girls, as the two replace David Welsh.

“We have some really dedicated workers,” Mabry said. “I’m impressed with the work they’re putting in.”

Astoria’s current roster includes 11 boys, but just four girls.

“I think they had five girls graduate last year, so we’re hoping to get a few more,” Mabry said. “We’re a little thin there. Seven is better.”

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