ALEXANDRIA – There were few surprises Saturday at the high school cross country meet held here and that was good news for the Bemidji athletes.
In the boys varsity race the Lumberjacks finished third with 136 points. BHS trailed only Stillwater and St. Cloud Cathedral. Stillwater entered the race ranked No. 1 in Class 2A while St. Cloud Cathedral is the No. 2 team in Class A.
In the girls race, Bemidji’s Jenna Truedson continued her stellar season as she claimed the victory in 14:06. Truedson is rated third in the state Class 2A rankings while Megan Hasz of Alexandria is rated fourth, Bethany Hasz of Alexandria is fifth and Bethany Kozak of White Bear Lake is sixth.
All four girls were entered in Saturday’s race and they finished according to their rankings.
“Jenna ran her own race,” said BHS coach Ryan Aylesworth. “She was pushed by Megan Hasz but she was able to pull away at the end.”
Bemidji’s Dani Gronhovd was clocked in 16:38, Atomic Thorson in 16:53, Morgan Sagedahl in 17:03, Emma Brokl in 17:21 and Leanne Oakes in 18:51.
The girls finished 13th in the 21-team field. Chanhassen took top honors and Chaska was second.
Sam Carlson paced the Bemidji boys as he placed 10th in 16:24. Teammate Elias Hendrickson was 22nd in 16:50. Seth Neubeck and Kyle Sagedahl completed the course in 16:59, Adam Lewis in 17:02, Billy Freyholtz in 17:21 and Cody Freyholtz in 17:39.
“The boys all ran smart races,” Aylesworth said. “They all moved up during the race. If we run as well in the section meet as we ran Saturday we’ll be a contender for the section championship.”
Bemidji will close its regular season Oct. 16 at Greenwood Golf Course. On Oct. 25 the Lumberjacks will host the section meet, also at Greenwood.
Stillwater 28, St. Cloud Cathedral 111, Bemidji 136, White Bear Lake 144, Chanhassen 206, Buffalo 220, Mounds View 227, Chaska 237, Sartell 250, Alexandria 294, New Prague 297, St. Thomas Academy 308, Cretin-DH 308, Roseville 335, Red Wing 336, Rocori 357, Marshall 365, Staples 526, Thief River Falls 559, Park Center 600, Windom 648, St. Cloud Apollo 683
1-Hall (Stillwater) 15:30
10-Carlson 16:24; 22-Hendrickson 16:50; 31-Neubeck 16:59; 33-Sagedahl 16:59; 40-Lewis 17:02; 53-B.Freyholtz 17:21; 79-C.Freyholtz 17:39
Chanhassen 118, Chaska 132, Monticello 134, Mounds View 153, Marshall 160, Roseville 171, White Bear Lake 188, Alexandria 196, Sartell 199, New Prague 253, Stillwater 267, Park Center 306, Bemidji 351, Rocori 359, St. Cloud Cathedral 365, Buffalo 374, Red Wing 453, Cretin-DH 482, Thief River Falls 521, Staples 566, St. Cloud Apollo 574
1-Truedson (Bem) 14:06
71-Gronhovd 16:38; 84-Thorson 16:53; 94-Sagedahl 17:03; 101-Brokl 17:21; 129-Oakes 18:51