On a day made for running with partly sunny skies and temps hovering in the 50s and low 60s, nearly 4,500 young athletes made their home in the tent city at Stones Throw Golf Course in Milaca, MN. The largest meet in Minnesota also features an "Old Timers Run" that allows former HS athletes and parents to showcase their talents.
Class A Varsity Races
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle jumps from last year's 2nd place finish to win the Boys Class A race with 129 points, followed by Mounds Park Academy with 134 points (9th in 2012) and Holdingford repeating in third with 146 points.
Ryan Phillips (Redwood Valley) extended his list of first-place finishes for the season, completing the 5k race in 16:23.2. This was a nearly 16 second improvement on last year when Redwood Valley competed in Class AA and he finished 14th in 16:39.4.
Rounding out the top 3 were Ben Burgett (Willmar Community Christian) in 16:28.2 (he was 5th last year in 16:45.1) and Abe Skwira (Holdingford) in 16:30.4 (he finished in 6th last year with a 16:47.6).
All three athletes saw significant improvements in their times compared to 2012 when Redwood Valley and Adrian competed in the Class AA race.
Class AA Varsity Races
All three are ranked in lat week's Class A coach's polls.
The Class AA girls race was the most closely contested race for team place with just 6 points separating the top 3 teams. Perham claims the championship with 88 points, followed by Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd at 93 points and St. Cloud Cathedral, last year's team champion, taking 3rd with 94 points.
Class AAA Varsity Races
Hutchinson moved up from last year's 4th place finish to win this year's Class AAA race with 71 points. Chaska took 2nd with 106 points and Chisago Lakes moved up from 7th to take 3rd with 111 points.
Cameron Roehl (Grand Forks Central) took 3rd place in a time of 16:06.1. Barlow set a new AAA course record with his 15:30.3 finish - the previous record was set by Chaska's Joey Duerr in 2010 at 15:42.4.
The girls AAA race looked like a repeat from last year with the top 3 teams remaining the same - Monticello took 1st with 66 points, followed by Sartell with 73 points and Chaska in third with 96 points.
Class AAAA Varsity Races
The Stillwater boys repeated their #1 finish from last year, with 70 points. Perham continues to showcase it's strength as a team - they finished in 1st in the Class AA race in 2012 - with an 84 point 2nd place finish in the AAAA race. Centennial finished in the 3rd spot with 186 points.
Keeghan Hurley (Perham) finished as the individual champion with a 15:33.4 finish.
Boys Class AA photos by David Eickhoff
All other photos by Patrick Maurer