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MILESPLIT MN RANKINGS
BOYS TEAM CHAMP: PRINCETON | INDIVIDUAL WINNER: Ryan Young, Princeton, 16:46.6
RECAP: Princeton took the team title in a close competition with second place Monticello by a mere six points. Most of Tigers advantage came up front with winner, senior Ryan Young and third place freshman Adam Young. Big Lake freshman Kade Layton was second followed by Becker junior Lukas Karel and Big Lake eighth grader Owen Layton in fourth and fifth overall. Monticello nearly pulled off the win with a tight 22 second split with all five scorers coming through between the 7th and 14th scoring spots.
GIRLS TEAM CHAMP: BECKER | INDIVIDUAL WINNER: Lexi Duscher, Princeton, 19:18.4
RECAP: Becker pulled off a solid team with over runner-up Princeton with a 74 second split and 20:19 average. Princeton was aided by senior Lexi Duscher taking the individual victory. Becker over came the Tigers getting three in the top eight with all five scorers coming through in the top nine overall. Senior Lexi Dehmer led the Bulldogs with a runner-up individual race followed by Princeton freshman Julia Daubner in third. Becker freshman Danielle Nuest and eighth grader Lexi Rose rounded out the top five individuals.
RECAP: Poor weather and conditions imposed a conservative race plan on some of the state's best on Tuesday. Stillwater came out in front with a tight 24 second split and 17:31 average, almost a minute back from their best of the year. Prior Lake junior Gabe Smit took the individual title over a talented field composed of over a half dozen MNXCCA class AA ranked individuals.
: Led by individual champ Liesl Paulsen, Eden Prairie took home a narrow win over Stillwater
, who ran a squad from outside their top seven (the Ponies varsity was an impressive third place in the Roy Griak Gold competition three days prior). Minnetonka put four in the top ten and five through in a short 39 second split in their victory. Osseo
sophomore Lex Davis
was the individual runner-up followed by a pair of Minnetonka
athletes, sophomore Kate Leblanc
and eighth grader Ella Graham
freshman Mary Velner
rounded out the top five as first runner for a reserve Hornets team who also held out their varsity who was fourth at Griak.
GIRLS TEAM CHAMP:
CHATFIELD | INDIVIDUAL WINNER: Treyton Lanning
, Chatfield, 18:57.0
Chatfield took the team victory led by freshman Treyton Lanning taking the individual win. Chatfield edged runner-up Rochester Area Home School by a single point the the difference coming in a seven second edge in their team split as both teams averaged a 19:33. RAHS was ahead after three runners but the difference in the final two spots proved decisive. RAHS sophomore Kevin Hagstrom
and seniors Jeremiah Osterlund
and Sam Fulton
went 2-3-4 followed by Chatfield junior Alex Wright in fifth.
RECAP: Virginia took home a one point team win over Eveleth-Gilbert who was just a point ahead of third place Ely in an exciting competition on Tuesday night up north. Virginia overcame a split over three minutes when freshman Cameron Stocke rolled to a season best 16:07.3, a minute head of runner-up Mountain Iron-Buhl sophomore Aaron Nelson. MI-B sophomore Jeffrey Kayfes was one second behind Nelson in third. Ely junior Emmett Faltesek was forth with Eveleth-Gilbert senior Andrew Larson rounding out the top five. GIRLS TEAM CHAMP: INTERNATIONAL FALLS | INDIVIDUAL WINNER: Liz Nelson
, Mountain Iron-Buhl
International Falls followed up their team win at the Hibbing Rotary Invite last week by winning the Ely Invite by two points over the host team on Tuesday. Mountain Iron-Buhl eighth grader Liz Nelson continued her strong year with the individual win. The difference for International Falls was the fastest fifth runner in the meet giving them a slightly faster team average than Ely and IM-B. IF sophomore Ryan Ford
was second followed by Eveleth-Gilbert senior Natalie Fultz
. Virginia junior Alex Wercinski
was fourth followed by Ely freshman Zoe Devine
Cambridge-Isanti won the team title while Mora senior Cooper Lennox won the individual competition at Hinckley-Finlayson
on Tuesday. C-I ran their top five in the first 11 to pull away from second place Mora on the strength of a runner-up race form sophomore Jaxon Jones
and a third place effort from senior Henry Abraham
. Rush City
senior Broderick Larson
was fourth with C-I sophomore Blake Roberts
giving the Bluejackets three in the top five.
GIRLS TEAM CHAMP:
CAMBRIDGE-ISANTI | INDIVIDUAL WINNER: Jordan Merwin
, Cambridge-Isanti, 20:02.7
Cambridge-Isanti completed a team score sweep of both varsity races with a low 21-point team score in the girls competition. The Bluejackets were led by winner senior Jordan Merwin who was over 30 seconds better than runner-up Hinckley-Finlayson eighth grader Reese Hartl
junior Brittany Hansen
was third followed by a pair of C-I juniors, Cierra Johnshoy and Britt Erickson
in fourth and fifth.
MNXCCA class A no.4 LQPV took the team win with a sweep of the top three positions, led by junior Ezekiel Sather winning the individual title. LQPV averaged a 17:37 over a 72 second split and ran their five in the top ten for a slim 22 point team score. Seniors Mikey Kvaal
and Griffin Johnson
were second and third for LQPV with Marshall
senior Zach Matzner
in fourth. Yellow Medicine East
junior Bertram Munk
Melrose used a 65 second split to better second place Saint Cloud Cathedral
by two points for the team win. Morris Area/Chokio-Albert senior Noah Stewart ran a significant season best in winning the individual title by over 40 seconds over runner-up Osakis
senior Carter Grove
senior Chris Borash
was third with St Cloud Cathedral sophomore Alexander Heen
running fourth Royalton senior Anthony Rozycki
rounded out the top five.
Minnewaska ran their top five across over a 44 seconds split, all in the top 16 overall to take the team win. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle eighth grader Caroline Kuehne ran away from the field in her individual victory, nearly a minute ahead of runner-up, Melrose freshman Kayla Meyer
. Sauk Centre
senior Sophia Kluver was third followed by Morris/Chokio-Alberta sophomore Meredith Carrington
and Minnewaska junior Sydney Hagen
running fourth and fifth individually.
Saint Paul Central claimed the team win with five in the top nine in a meet that did not feature their varsity roster. St Agnes junior Vaughn Wolf was the team winner with a solid 16:59.6, a new PR and his first time dipping under the 17 minute barrier, just four days after racing in the Roy Griak maroon race. St Paul Central juniors Dylan Haugee
and Adam Oulgout
were second and third followed by Saint Croix Prep
junior Tim Nixon
and Eagle Ridge Academy
junior Henry Long
rounding out the top five.
Farmington won the team competition in close fight with St Paul Central who was led by individual winner sophomore Iris Guider who broke the 19 minute barrier for the first time in her career with an 18:45.6 just four days after a breakout second place finish in the Roy Griak maroon Race. Farmington won with a squad of runners different than the team that finished eighth in the Griak Gold race, but still placing their top five in the top 11 overall, led by seventh grader Lindsey Woestehoff
who was runner up. Eagle Ridge eighth grader Greta Long
was third with Twin Cities Academy
senior Bridget Tetmeyer
junior Linnea Urban
finishing fourth and fifth.
The team race was a tight one at New York Mills on Tuesday with Menahga winning by just two points over Pine River-Backus
and just 20 points separating the winner from fourth place. The Braves placed their top five in the top 16. Pine River-Backus freshman Jacob Schnoor
was second with Pillager
sophomores Grayson Beard
and Nate Blake
finishing third and fourth. Menahga got a key performance from sophomore Christian Johnson
who was fifth and instrumental in their team win.
GIRLS TEAM CHAMP:
MENAHGA | INDIVIDUAL WINNER: Anjalie Aho
, Menahga, 21:00.3