Meet the Kids City XC League Coaches

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Each site will have assigned volunteers helping the coaches. If you would like more information about coaching or volunteer opportunities with the Kids City XC League, please email our volunteer coordinator Tyler at


Allyx Kvasnicka, Boom Island

Allyx grew up in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a city right outside of Milwaukee. She recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Psychology. She was part of the Minnesota Running Club throughout college and enjoys racing track the most, specifically the 800. Her favorite place to run is anywhere with a view of the Minneapolis skyline. She loves that running is a lifelong activity and is excited to introduce it to young runners.


Anna Truong, Boom Island

Anna graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2018 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design. During her undergrad she served as president of the Minnesota Running Club where she competed in both cross country and track. She prides herself in having competed in every track event from the 60m hurdles to 5000m but her personal favorite is the 3000m steeplechase. Her love for the running community has motivated her to find ways to introduce both recreational runners and children to the life long sport. When she’s not running she enjoys backpacking, rollerblading, and sketching.

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Kyle Genteman, Boom Island

Kyle grew up in central Wisconsin, brought his love for running with him to Minnesota, where he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in statistics. During his time in school, Kyle competed as a member of Minnesota Running Club team in both cross country and track. Currently, Kyle's favorite event to compete in is the marathon, and loves to travel out to the numerous trails and parks in the metro area for his long weekend runs. Outside of running, he enjoys hiking, golfing, and being the obnoxious Packers/Badgers fan at Minnesota sporting events.


Emma Lee, Como Park

Emma loves to run on roads, trails, and tracks. She ran and skied for Como Park High School and St. Olaf College, where she earned four NCAA All-America awards. She still races; a highlight of her recent running career was competing in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Emma is working toward a Ph.D. in exercise physiology at the University of Minnesota. She is still not sure what she wants to be when she grows up but knows that it will involve running.

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Tyler Morey, Como Park

Tyler grew up in Combine Locks in Wisconsin and is a graduate of Clemson with an MBA from UW Oshkosh. During his time at Oshkosh, he competed at Nationals in the 3000m steeplechase twice, and earned All-American honors in Cross Country. He enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family while running, cycling, hiking, camping or kayaking. His favorite place to run in the Twin Cities is the River Road, specifically the West River Road.


Sharon Heyer, Highland Park

Sharon ran cross country and track at Luther College in Decorah, IA. Since then she has been having fun racing anything from 5k's to marathons and tackling Ironman triathlons.  Sharon coached 7-8th girls' track in Forest Lake, MN for three years and loves sharing her passion with young runners.


Jared Genteman, Lake Nokomis

Jared is originally from central Wisconsin and ran his first 5k when he was four years old. Jared followed in his two older brothers' footsteps and came to the University of Minnesota to get a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. While pursing his degree, Jared raced with the Minnesota Running Club for cross country and track. He dabbled with distances ranging from 800 meters to marathons, but his main event for track with club was the 5k.  Currently, Jared is focused less on speed and more on distances like the half marathon. His favorite places to run are the bike trails and parks nearby such as Lebanon Hills. Combining his years from high school to now, Jared has gained around 10 years of valuable running experience that he is eager to share with Kids City XC!


Thomas McComas, Lake Nokomis

Tom is a recreational runner who has ran various events over the last 30 years including two marathons 25 years apart, three triathlons and a half-marathon. He currently lives in South Minneapolis with his wife and three kids, teaches in Minneapolis Public Schools and likes to spend time biking and hiking with his family. He challenges his own children and students he teaches to eat healthy and live an active life style.


Jack Riley, Linden Hills

Jack competed on the cross country and track teams at Good Counsel High School in Maryland where one of his teammates is now current Vikings wide receiver: Stefon Diggs. Jack went on to compete for the University of Notre Dame where he ran the 3k, 5k, and 8k. He moved to the Twin Cities and began coaching for Kid's City in 2016. He now works for an engineering company in Blaine, helps with a high school robotics team, and just ran his first marathon in May 2018.

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Courtney Branch, West Metro

Courtney ran cross country and track for Hopkins High School and then at Gustavus Adolphus College. She graduated from Gustavus with a degree in public accounting. She greatly enjoyed racing the 1000 and 1600 on the track, but loved the camaraderie of a cross country team. Courtney can be found running all over the Twin Cities and encouraging others in a sport she loves!

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Samantha Soupir, West Metro

Samantha is a former Cross Country and Track athlete at Minnesota State University Mankato. She scored at multiple conference meets and was on the first conference championship team in 9 years in 2015. After college, Samanatha transitioned to road racing and competing for TCTC. In 2017, she qualified for and raced Boston and will be chasing down the sub-3 hour marathon this fall at the Twin Cities Marathon! Samantha is excited to coach for the West Metro Hawks and is looking forward to leading the team!