NORTHFIELD - Runners from the Marshall area went into the state cross country meet at St. Olaf College on Saturday with high expectations, but unfortunately for those competitors, the course and the field had other plans.
After winning the Section 3A meet, the Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI girls were hoping to add another trophy to an already exceptional season. The Lancers ended up finishing in 11th place with 237 points, 33 points and three places behind section rival Adrian.
Amanda Grengs paced the Lancers, finishing the 4,000-meter race in 15 minutes, 27 seconds. Her time earned her an All-State honor in 25th place and picked up eight points for C/M/L.
Photo by Travis Andries
Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI’s Amanda Grengs leads a pack of runners around a curve during the girls’ Class A state cross country meet at St. Olaf College Saturday in Northfield.
Following Grengs was Leah Jessen in 74th place with a time of 15:57, scoring 33 points. Jessen was originally thought to be disqualified after taking a tumble, but it was ruled that she had been tripped from behind. Though no DQ was handed out, the trip was costly, as Jessen was next to Grengs at the time of the fall.
"It was not a good day for the girls," C/M/L head coach Beth Jessen said. "Amanda had a really nice race. When her and Leah went in together, they were in that 25 range. (Leah) got tripped from behind so I'm not sure how she can be disqualified. She went into the trees at the 25 mark and came out in 60, so it must have been a good wipeout."
Jessen, a junior, was making her fifth appearance at the state meet, and saw her time drop seven seconds from 2011 despite the crash.
Eighth-graders Natalie Dinius and Sydney Sisk finished third and fourth for the Lancers with times of 16:28 and 16:33, respectively. Dinius finished 114th overall and scored 55 points, while Sisk took 126th and earned 64 points for C/M/L. Freshman Ashley Grengs was the fifth runner to complete the course for C/M/L, taking 140th place (77 points) with a time of 16:54. Heidi Pavek and Lauren Jessen also ran for C/M/L on Saturday.
The Esko Eskomos took the Class A girls' title with 115 points, while Annandale scored 150 points to edge out Minnehaha Academy by one point for second place. Clare Flanagan, of the Blake School, was the fastest individual, using a time of 14:04 to repeat as champion.
In the Class A boys' meet, four area individuals were in competition. C/M/L's Nick Stoks completed the 5,000 meters in 16:14, taking ninth place overall. Stoks added a second to his time from 2011 and finished five places further down the podium, but considering his injury-laden season the result has to be looked at as an outstanding achievement, according to his coach.
"Nick had a great race," Beth Jessen said. "I wasn't sure how he was going to race after how he's done this season. He had kind of a rough start with the hamstring injury. He had an outstanding race. I was very, very proud of him. He did a great job."
Joining Stoks in Northfield this season was teammate Wyatt Johansen, who took 124th with a time of 17:43. Yellow Medicine East's Jacob Carroll was 102nd at 17:29, while Matt LaVoy from Tracy-Milroy-Balaton took 129th with a time of 17:48.
Two individuals also represented Marshall High School on Saturday. Both Andrew Bell and Claire Boersma were roughed up by the isolation of being an individual in the Class AA races.
Bell, a junior, finished 69th overall with a time of 16:36.
"When you're out there as an individual you can't really work with your team, you're out there on your own trying to survive the big schools and the battles to win position in the race," Bell said. "It was a really fast start and it took a lot out of me from jousting for positions to have a good race, but other than that I thought it was good."
Having experienced the state meet as part of a team in 2011, and now as an individual, Bell indicated that he hopes to return with backup in 2013.
"This is a great environment out here so that every year you want to bring your team," he said. "It's the ultimate goal to get to state."
For Boersma, an eighth grader, the stacked field and tough course took its toll, as she finished 144th with a time of 16:01 in her first appearance at the state meet.
Shakopee's Maria Hauger shattered the previous state record in capturing her fourth consecutive individual title. The senior's time of 13:42 bested the previous record by 17 seconds. Wayzata used 50 points to capture the AA girls' team title. On the boys' side, it was double delight for the Stillwater Ponies. Wayde Hall took the individual title with a time of 15:21 and his team ran away with the title, defeating second-place Edina 46 points to 80.
Girls Team Results: 1. Esko 115, 2. Annandale 150, 3. Minnehaha Academy 151, 4. Waseca 157, 5. Dover-Eyota 184, 6. Blake 187, 7. Perham 194, 8. Adrian 204, 9. Rochester Lourdes 206, 10. Holdingford 212, 11. Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI 237, 12. Martin County West 255, 13. Spectrum 257, 14. Warroad 267, 15. Albany 282, 16. International Falls 302.
Top 10 Individuals
1. Clare Flanagan (Blake) 14:04; 2. Emi Trost (Cannon Falls) 14:16; 3. McKenzie Holt (St. Cloud Christian) 14:29; 4. Emily Mantor (United South Central) 14:39; 5. Marisa Shady (Esko) 14:44; 6. Elizabeth Schlafke (Annandale) 14:46; 7. Savannah Ramirez (Litchfield) 14:47; 8. Hannah Truniger (Mayer Lutheran) 14:49; 9. Madison Schandelmeier (Luverne) 14:56; 10. Kayla Woltz (Chatfield) 14:59.
Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI Individual Results: 25. Amanda Grengs 15:27; 74. Leah Jessen 15:57; 114. Natalie Dinius 16:28; 126. Sydney Sisk 16:33; 140. Ashley Grengs 16:54; 156. Heidi Pavek 17:35; 172. Lauren Jessen 19:01.
Boys Top 5 Team Results: 1. Perham 37; 2. St. Cloud Cathedral 72; 3. Waseca 164; 4. Martin County West 200; 5. Winona-Cotter 200.
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Matt Welch (Proctor) 15:34; 2. Charlie Lawrence (Foley) 15:46; 3. Shane Streich (Waseca) 15:52; 4. Nick Golebiowski (St. Cloud Cathedral) 15:53; 5. Keeghan Hurley (Perham) 16:01; 6. Ian Torchia (Rochester Lourdes) 16:04; 7. Brady Speicher (Perham) 16:09; 8. Jayden Cullen (Perham) 16:12; 9. Nick Stoks (Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI) 16:14.7; 10. Isaac Overmyer (Park Rapids) 16:15.8
C/M/L Individual Results: 9. Nick Stoks 16:14.7; 124. Wyatt Johansen 17:43.2
Yellow Medicine East Individual Results: 102. Jacob Carroll 17:29.3
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Individual Results: 129. Matt LaVoy 17:48.2
Girls Top 5 Team Results: 1. Wayzata 50; 2. Eagan 93; 3. Edina 129; 4. Forest Lake 161; 5. East Ridge 163.
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Maria Hauger (Shakopee) 13:42; 2. Anna French (Wayzata) 13:57; 3. Bethany Hasz (Alexandria) 14:05; 4. Danielle Anderson (Eagan) 14:06; 5. Jenna Truedson (Bemidji) 14:09; 6. Megan Hasz (Alexandria) 14:14; 7. Taylor Perkins (Lakeville North) 14:21.3; 8. Bethany Kosak (White Bear Lake) 14:21.8; 9. Mariah Betzler (Monticello) 14:24.0; 10. Anna Maurer (Hill-Murray) 14:24.
Marshall Individual Results: 144. Claire Boersma 16:01.6
Boys Top 5 Team Results: 1. Stillwater 46; 2. Edina 80; 3. Wayzata 90; 4. Owatonna 125; 5. Rosemount 152.
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Wayde Hall (Stillwater) 15:21; 2. Obsa Ali (Richfield) 15:25.3; 3. Joe Klecker (Hopkins) 15:25.8; 4. Will Burke (Edina) 15:29; 5. Connor Olson (Wayzata) 15:30; 6. Joey Duerr (Chanhassen) 15:32; 7. Kevin Docherty (Cretin-Derham Hall) 15:34; 8. Brendan Sage (St. Michael-Albertville) 15:36; 9. Eric Colvin (Stillwater) 15:40; 10. Faysal Mahmoud (Burnsville) 15:44.
Marshall Individual Results: 69. Andrew Bell 16:36.6