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Bemidji cross country team heads to Little Falls for section meet

The Bemidji High cross country teams head to Little Falls today to compete in the Section 8AA meet at the Little Falls golf course.

While neither is rated a strong chance of making the state, both hope to qualify one or more individuals for the big event with the girls, in particular out for a much higher finish than in 2008.

The bps had one of their best finishes in recent years last fall, taking third place behind Moorhead and Alexandria in a 16-team field and sending Erik Truedson and Zac Oelrich to the state.

The girls, however, were a distant 12 among 15 teams and sent no one to the state.

They could have three challengers for top ten finishes this year in sisters Kim and Jenna Truedson and Bailey Drewes.

The boys seem more likely to do better as a group than as individuals. running in a pack most of the fall.

Five starters are back from last year's tournament team though not all five may make this year's starting cast.

Andy Berube led those five in 34 with Dan Clemenson 35, Dylan Jones 42, John Buckanaga 48 and Corey Huber 55.

Alex Schoneberger, Jake Urban and Justin Byers are other likely starters today joining Berube, among the top ten finishers at last week's Bemidji Invitational.

Kim Truedson was the top Bemidji finisher at the sectional last year in 14. Alex Lyren was 80 and Hana Felix 93.

Jenna Truedson, Drewes, LeAnne Oakes, Betsy Richards or Amber Solheim are other likely prospects.

Solheim has been slow to regain her early season form after missing several midseason races. She was the team's third finisher in the first three meets of the fall..

Moorhead's Lukas Gemar is the favorite after winning most area meets this year,. He was second to the graduated Drew Paradis of Alexandria in last year's meet. Jimmy Dean of Brainerd was ninth and Tim Lillehaugen of Moorhead tenth.

Alex sophomore Jamie Piepenburg will be out to nail down her third straight girls title after ruling the section all fall. Heidi Peterson of Sartell, who finished fourth last year, edged Piepenburg once for her only loss of the season. She will be back this year as will Manon Gammon-Deering of Little Falls who was eighth.

It has been 13 years since Bemidji took its only girls title in 1996 and 20 since the last boys championship in 1989. That was their sixth.

Alexandria has won 15 titles and Moorhead four in the boys division

Alexandria shows 16 girls championships. Tech. Moorhead and Brainerd all have four.