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CROSS COUNTRY: Both Bemidji teams finish in top five at Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS -- The Bemidji High School girls and boys cross country teams each finished in the top five of their respective races at the Little Falls.

The Lumberjacks boys team took second out of 19 teams and the girls team took fifth out of 18 Thursday afternoon.

The boys team scored 107 points to Perham's 57 to notch second place. Bemidji's Sam Carlson took second overall in the race with a time of 16 minutes, 5 seconds.

"It was a step in the right direction for the boys," BHS head coach Ryan Aylesworth said. "We were the top team out of all the teams in our section at this meet. I was impressed with how the boys came back from last week's meet."

Aside from Carlson, two other Lumberjacks finished in the top 20 -- Caleb Appleton was 17th with a time of 16:57 and Billy Freyholtz WAS 20TH at 17:02.

Perham's Keegan Hawley was first overall with a time of 15:30; the Yellowjackets had runners place first, third and fourth to reach 57 points and first place.

In the girls race, Bemidji took fifth place with a score of 120; Saretll-St. Stephen won the meet with a score of 81. Alexandria, Grand Rapids and St. Cloud Cathedral also finished ahead of Bemidji.

The Lumberjacks were without top runner Jenna Truedson in the meet, but Aylesworth said despite that they still finished with a good showing.

"The girls ran very well today," Aylesworth said. "We were without our top performer in Jenna; if she would have been here today we would have been in the hunt for first. But the other girls still ran very well."

Sadie Hamrin had the top time for Bemidji, finishing fourth with a time of 15:01. Megan Serratore was also in the top ten with a time of 15:21. Atomic Thorson was just outside the top 20, clocking in at 15:52.

Alexandria's Megan Hass paced the field with a time of 13:58.

The Lumberjacks are off for a week until next Saturday, Sept. 21 when they'll travel to the Milaca Mega Meet.

Little Falls Invitational

Boys Race

Team Scores -- Top 5

1-Perham, 57; 2-Bemidji 107; 3-Hopkins 114; 4-Alexandria 124; 5-Little Falls, 131.

Individual Results

Medalist: Keegan Hurley, Perham, 15:30

Bemidji's Results

2-.Carlson, 16:05; 17-C.Appleton, 16:57; 20-B.Freyholtz, 17:02; 30-N.Holter, 17:17; 38-E.White 17:28; 46-S.Neubheck, 17:51.

Girls Race

Team Scores -- Top 5

1-Sartell-St. Stephen, 81; 2-Alexandria, 104; 3-Grand Rapids, 110; 4-St. Cloud Cathedral, 115; 5-Bemidji, 120.

Individual Results

Medalist: Megan Hass, Alexandria, 13:58

Bemidji's Results

4-S.Hamrin, 15:01; 7-M.Serratore, 15:21; 22-A.Thorson, 15:52; 34-Arie Gislason, 16:17; 53-Anna Gislason, 16:50; 56-A.Nuebeck, 16:53; 79-M.Sagadahl, 17:27.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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