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Truedson places fifth, Lumberjack boys finish sixth at state

Bemidji’s Jenna Truedson (970) and Alexandria’s Megan Hasz (967) run neck-and-neck during Saturday’s Class 2A girls cross country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Truedson finished the race with a time of 14:09.3 – nearly 10 seconds a faster than she ran at state last year. Nick Gerhardt | Forum Communications Co.

NORTHFIELD – Bemidji’s boys’ cross country team finished sixth Saturday at the Minnesota state meet while the Lumberjacks’ Jenna Truedson placed fifth in the girls’ meet at St. Olaf College.

“I’m very happy overall,” BHS head coach Ryan Aylesworth said. “I’m pleased with the effort. Everyone ran well and it’s good to build for the future.”

Aylesworth said he figured the boys were going to be seventh going in but they were able to finish a little higher than they expected and take sixth.

The Bemidji boys were led by sophomore Sam Carlson, who finished the 5K course at St. Olaf College in 15 minutes, 58.9 seconds. Carlson’s time placed 23rd overall, and 10th among team finishers.

That finish was good enough for all-state consideration.

“That was his goal coming in,” Aylesworth said. “He also broke 16 (minutes) for the first time.”

It’s only the second time a Lumberjack has done that at state.

In the Class AA boys’ team rankings, Carlson was joined by Elias Hendrickson at 39th (16:44.6), Adam Lewis at 48th (16:51.2), Kyle Sagedahl 49th(16:51.3) and Seth Neubeck 60th (17:03.7. The top five runners from each school count toward team standings. Billy Freyholtz and Caleb Appleton finished 66th and 73rd, respectively, in the team standings.

“Our second through sixth runners also did a nice job,” Aylesworth said. “They ran together well and were only about 10 seconds apart.

“Four of the seven on the team had their lifetime bests, so it was a good day to do it.”

Among Class AA girls, Truedson placed fifth by clocking 14:09.3 over the 4K course.

“She ran over 10 seconds faster than she did last year,” Aylesworth said. “That was the fastest girls race in the history of state, and Jenna just ran a very good race to take fifth.”

Megan Serratore joined her teammate at the meet and finished in 15:12.0 for 56th place.

“She improved her time from sections by about ten seconds,” Aylesworth said.

The Lumberjacks did not qualify for the team final.

Stillwater won the boys team final while Wayzata captured the girls title.

The Class A boys title was won by Perham. Wesley Davies of Bagley finished in 56th place.

Esko won the Class A girls title. For TrekNorth, Sadie Hamrin finished in 51st and Sarah Hamrin finished in 57th. Marissa Carlson of Bagley crossed the finish in 97th place.