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Truedson headed to state cross country meet
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For the first time in over a decade the Bemidji girls cross country team will be represented at the state meet. Friday in Fergus Falls eighth grader Jenna Truedson finished fifth individually at the Sectioin 8AA meet and earned a trip to the state competition which will be next Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

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"Jenna was in the top seven or eight runners the entire race and she closed strong to finish fifth," said BHS coach Ryan Aylesworth.

The battle for a state berth in the boys division could not have been any closer as Bemidji and Alexandria went stride-for-stride from start to finish for that runner-up spot.

In the end, the Lumberjacks finished with 76 team points but were denied a trip to state as Alexandria ended with 75. Moorhead eased to the team victory with 40 points.

"There were a lot of would-a, could-a and should-a for us but the bottom line is we didn't quite get it done," Aylesworth said. "We were two points from state (Alexandria owned the tie-breaker) and this is a tough one to take.

"But the guys ran very well. We put five of them in the top 18 and that type of performance is supposed to get your team to state. But we needed someone to work their way into the top 10. And that never happened," the coach said.

The Lumberjacks came up just short in that endeavor as well as Andy Berube finished 11th in 16:59. The top 10 runners earned berths at the state meet as individuals and Berube was five seconds from accomplishing that feat.

Completing Bemidji's scorers Friday were John Buckanaga in 14th (17:05), Alex Schoneberger in 16th (17:11), Dan Clemenson in 17th (17:15) and Jake Urban in 18th (17:17).

The kickers were Sam Carlson in 38th place (17:54) and Ryan Erickson in 43rd (18:03).

Lucas Gemar of Moorhead was the individual winner in a time of 16:04.

"The guys ran very well," Aylesworth said. "It was a great season and they gave a great effort on Friday.

"We've finished in third place four of the last five years but we've never been this close to gaining state," Aylesworth continued. "Last year we placed 10th so this is a great accomplishment."

Monticello and Brainerd will represent Section 8AA at state in the girls race while Bemidji was seventh in the 15-team field with 195 points. Monticello won with 51 and Brainerd was second with 83.

Jamie Piepenburg of Alexandria was the overall winner in a time of 14:30. Jenna Truedson was fifth in 15:10.

Kim Truedson finished 14th (15:43) while Bailey Drewes was 19th (15:52), Kayla Olson 73rd (17:27), Emma Brokl 84th (17:50) and Dani Gronhovd 89th (18:19). Laura Edwards also ran but did not finish.

"Some small things didn't go our way (Friday) but both the boys and the girls had good seasons and I'm proud of them," Aylesworth said.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

For the first time in over a decade the Bemidji girls cross country team will be represented at the state meet. Friday in Fergus Falls eighth grader Jenna Truedson finished fifth individually at the Sectioin 8AA meet and earned a trip to the state competition which will be next Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

"Jenna was in the top seven or eight runners the entire race and she closed strong to finish fifth," said BHS coach Ryan Aylesworth.

The battle for a state berth in the boys division could not have been any closer as Bemidji and Alexandria went stride-for-stride from start to finish for that runner-up spot.

In the end, the Lumberjacks finished with 76 team points but were denied a trip to state as Alexandria ended with 75. Moorhead eased to the team victory with 40 points.

"There were a lot of would-a, could-a and should-a for us but the bottom line is we didn't quite get it done," Aylesworth said. "We were two points from state (Alexandria owned the tie-breaker) and this is a tough one to take.

"But the guys ran very well. We put five of them in the top 18 and that type of performance is supposed to get your team to state. But we needed someone to work their way into the top 10. And that never happened," the coach said.

The Lumberjacks came up just short in that endeavor as well as Andy Berube finished 11th in 16:59. The top 10 runners earned berths at the state meet as individuals and Berube was five seconds from accomplishing that feat.

Completing Bemidji's scorers Friday were John Buckanaga in 14th (17:05), Alex Schoneberger in 16th (17:11), Dan Clemenson in 17th (17:15) and Jake Urban in 18th (17:17).

The kickers were Sam Carlson in 38th place (17:54) and Ryan Erickson in 43rd (18:03).

Lucas Gemar of Moorhead was the individual winner in a time of 16:04.

"The guys ran very well," Aylesworth said. "It was a great season and they gave a great effort on Friday.

"We've finished in third place four of the last five years but we've never been this close to gaining state," Aylesworth continued. "Last year we placed 10th so this is a great accomplishment."

Monticello and Brainerd will represent Section 8AA at state in the girls race while Bemidji was seventh in the 15-team field with 195 points. Monticello won with 51 and Brainerd was second with 83.

Jamie Piepenburg of Alexandria was the overall winner in a time of 14:30. Jenna Truedson was fifth in 15:10.

Kim Truedson finished 14th (15:43) while Bailey Drewes was 19th (15:52), Kayla Olson 73rd (17:27), Emma Brokl 84th (17:50) and Dani Gronhovd 89th (18:19). Laura Edwards also ran but did not finish.

"Some small things didn't go our way (Friday) but both the boys and the girls had good seasons and I'm proud of them," Aylesworth said.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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