RECAP: Minnehaha Academy took home the boys IMAC title on the strength of a pack running from 9th through 13th place. Breck freshman Alden Keller was the individual champion in a career best 16:48.8 edging Minnehaha senior Trace Chiodo who was runner-up. Blake School sophomore Shef West was third with Mounds Park Academy duo senior Henry Snider and sophomore Isak Nightingale rounding out the top five.
RECAP: Led by senior Maddie Kelly taking the individual title, Providence Academy claimed the IMAC conference team championship. The Lions put their top five in the top 17 with three in the top ten to take control of the team score. Blake School sophomore Molly Liston was second about ten seconds back of Kelly. Mounds Park Academy freshman Margo Nightingale was third followed closely by Saint Paul Academy and Summit School seventh grader Taylor Barkwell. Less than three seconds separated Liston from Barkwell in the second through fourth scoring spots. SPA-SS seventh grader Sawyer Bollinger-Danielson rounded out the top five.
RECAP: Eden Prairie used a low team score of 38 points to pull away for the Lake Conference title. The Eagles used the strength of a quality top four in the top ten to win one of Minnesota's most competitive conference titles. EP used a 37 second split to average a 16:36, 24 seconds better than runner-up Minnetonka. Wayzata senior Shuayb Hussein earned the individual win by three seconds over runner-up, Minnetonka senior Max Lauerman with both dipping under 16:10 at Gale Woods. EP senior Zachary Spears was third followed by Buffalo senior Nick Oak. EP senior Jake Derouin made just his second appearance this season with a statement fifth place finish in 16:29.5.
RECAP: Edina flexed it's team strength in winning the Lakes title with a 42 second split and 19:20 average despite no runner in the top three but running four in places five through nine. Wayzata freshman Abbey Nechanicky continues her full emergence as one of the best in the state by earning the individual Lakes title in a new season best 18:09.3. The 14 second win makes an added impression considering she bettered runner-up Saint-Michael Albertville sophomore Ali Weimer, currently MNXCCA no. 5 and an all-state performer in her own right. Hopkins seventh grader Sydney Drevlow was also impressive in third place followed by EP senior Liesl Paulsen and Edina freshman Lauren Cossack. Second place team, Wayzata, recorded a better average than Edina, 19:13 even without the services of Emma Atkinson.
RECAP: Cloquet posted a commanding win at the LSC championship with all seven in the top 12 individuals over a 58 second split and 17:08 average. The Lumberjacks were led by senior Jordan Allen who took the individual title over runner-up, Duluth-Denfeld junior Isaac Fink. Cloquet then grabbed the the next three spots led by senior Jesse Bahen, sophomore Cale Prosen and freshman Miles Fischer.
RECAP: Cloquet took the LSC girls title with three runners in the top eight and a 20:55 average. Marshall School sophomore Keegan McAuliffe won the individual race, her second victory in a season where she has not finished lower than her fifth place at the Swain meet last week. Cloquet sophomore Harmony Tracy was runner up followed by Ashland (WI) junior Elena George in third. Proctor seventh grader Lizzy Harnell was fourth, five seconds in front of fifth place finisher, Hermantown senior Brita Birkeland.
RECAP: Staples-Motley stacked five runners in the top nine to post a low 25 point winning score on Thursday. They were led by junior MNXCCA no. 1 ranked Emmet Anderson and no. 3 ranked Hunter Klimek going 1-2, over a minute better than third place finisher, Crosby-Ironton senior Tucker Ringhand. Team runner-up Detroit Lakes was led by senior Peyton Nordby in fourth followed by Staples-Motley senior Isaac Christoffersen.
GIRLS TEAM CHAMP: STAPLES-MOTLEY | INDIVIDUAL CHAMP: Kyanna Burton, Staples-Motley, 19:46.3
RECAP: Staples-Motley earned a narrow two point win over second place Pequot Lakes to earn the team sweep in the varsity races. S-M eighth grader and individual winner Kyanna Burton led a trio of eighth graders as the first three across the line. Pequot Lakes Calia Chaney was second followed by Long Prairie-Grey Eagle's Caroline Kuehne in third. Sophomore Carly Chaney was fourth for PL followed teammate, eighth grader Rian Zutter. S-M overcame Pequot having three in the top five by putting all five scorers in the top nine and their sixth runner in front of the Eagles fifth place athlete.
RECAP: Heritage Christian took home the team title with three in the top seven and five in the top 12 overall. The Eagles were led by senior Travis Miller who won in the individual title in 16:47.8. Miller was followed up by teammate, senior Jared Nordstrom in second place. International School of MN/Eagle Ridge junior Henry Long was third followed by Mayer Lutheran senior Evan Lee in forth place Sophomore Kyle Haben rounded out the top five as no. 1 for team runner-up Spectrum.
RECAP: Spectrum took home a close team race victory over second place Lester Praire-Holy Trinity-Mayer Lutheran. LP-HT-ML was led by seventh grader Addison Hoof winning the individual title. Spectrum freshman Molly Novotny was runner-up before LP-HT-ML eighth grader Jessa Heimerl. ISM/ERA eighth grader Greta Long was fourth head of teammate and fellow eighth grader Ava Kletti.
RECAP: Maple Grove took the team title at the NW Suburban Championship with their top five in the top 25. Osseo senior Mackinon Mokoro won the individual championship in 16:42.5 less than four seconds ahead of runner up, Champlin Park senior Connor Preston. Maple Grove then snagged the next two spots with seniors CJ Young and Charlie Caven going just under 17 minutes in third and fourth. Robbinsdale Armstrong freshman Noah Breker was fifth overall as the no. 1 for the team runner-up.
RECAP: Andover won the girls championship with six runners in the top 25 overall. Osseo sophomore Lex Davis was the individual champion bettering Maple Grove sophomore Lindsey Young by less than two seconds. Osseo eighth grader Jules Davis was third ahead of Andover junior Claire Beckman and fifth place finisher Champlin Park seventh grader Abby Hibbs. Led by Lindsey Young, Maple Grove was team runner up.
FULL MEET RESULTS
RECAP: North Shore Co-op pulled out a tight victory over Cromwell-Wright by just five points to win the Polar League title. They were led by senior Brenden Seipke who won the individual title. Cromwell Wright freshman Noah Foster was second followed by North Shore junior Isaac Swanson. Cromwell Wright senior Cameron Dickey was fourth followed by Moose Lake junior Maverick Koecher rounding out the top five. North Shore's tight advantages in the top two spots proved to be the difference in overcoming Cromwell Wright's advantage in the final scoring spot.
RECAP: Just nine points separated winner South Ridge from third place Moose Lake, yet the Panthers took a two point win over runner up North Shore. The difference for South Ridge was having the top two individual team scoring athletes keeping the numbers low early on. Cromwell-Wright eighth grader Emaleigh Olesiak won the individual title by over 30 seconds but her team did not have a full scoring line up. South Ridge freshman Jillian Sajdak and seventh grader Addison Burckhardt went second and third overall ahead of North Shore sophomore Autumn Smith in fourth. Moose Lake eighth grader Lilly Petty was fifth.