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Cross country: FHS grad Lippold returns to coach cross country

The new Farmington boys cross country coach won't be new at all to the distance runners who have competed for the track team over the last few years.

Lisa Lippold, an assistant distance coach for the boys and girls track teams for the last three seasons, was recently announced as the successor to Keith Revels, who guided the Tiger cross country teams for five seasons. Lippold, an FHS alum, will be joined on the coaching staff by assistants Shawn Anderson, who was one of her teachers in high school, and Jon Holmes, who she graduated with in 1999.

"It will be nice going in that I have a long history of knowing the staff on board. I'm looking forward to being part of the program and kind of going back to my roots again," said Lippold, who was a five-year letter-winner in track and cross country for the Tigers. "And it's nice that the kids I had in track will kind of roll over into the cross country season. They will kind of know my style and have that base set up."

Building a high-mileage base for each runner is something Lippold said is a focus going into the season.

"We really emphasized putting in the miles in track the last couple of years and letting the workouts take over from there," she said. "The big thing for me is building up their confidence and doing workouts where they can see those little results -- where they see they can run five or six 800s at the same pace and gain confidence for those big races."

Lippold knows a thing or two about big races. She's earned all-conference, all-state and All-American honors, and been part of a national team championship, over a distance running career that has taken her all over the Midwest.

Lippold was a two-time state meet qualifier for the Tiger cross country team, then was an all-state honoree in the 800 as a senior before briefly continuing her career at Minnesota State Mankato.

She then moved on to Lindenwood University in St. Louis where she ran cross country and was a five-time All-American in indoor and outdoor track. Lippold then moved on to Doane College in Crete, Neb., where she was a two-time national qualifier in cross country and an All-American in four events -- the 800, 600, 4x400 and 4x800 -- and helped the team to an NAIA national championship.

Lippold, formerly Lisa Dingman, came back to Minnesota to attend the College of St. Catherine, where she graduated in 2005. She has been back at FHS since 2008 when she started as the school's chemical dependancy counselor.

"It's a lot different walking through the halls as an employee rather than a student," she said. "A lot of the same teachers are still there and when they see me walking down the halls they'll call me by my old name and say, 'Hey, Dinger!' Other people who didn't know I was from Farmington will say 'What did they just call you?' It's made it an easier being back where I know people, getting that welcome feeling."