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Cross country: Bemidji boys, girls finish in top 10 at state

Bemidji’s Sam Carlson runs past a Red Wing runner during the MSHSL State Class AA cross country championship Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Carlson took eighth place in the race, helping the Lumberjacks finish seventh as a team. Blaze Fugina | Forum News Service

NORTHFIELD — The Bemidji High School cross country team finished its season at Saturday’s Class AA state championships with a pair of top-10 team finishes.

“It was a great day for us,” BHS head coach Ryan Aylesworth said. “It was a beautiful day to run and there was a nice crowd for the kids for the last day of the season.

“I’m happy with how we finished.”

The BHS boys team finished seventh out of 16 teams in Saturday’s race, which took place on the campus of St. Olaf College and the girls were 10th.

Sam Carlson placed eighth individually for the Lumberjacks boys team, clocking in at 15 minutes, 47.2 seconds. Jenna Truedson paced the girls team with a third-place individual finish in 14:19.2.

Wayzata swept the meet, winning the state title in the boys and girls races as a team.

On the boys side, the Lumberjacks scored 226 team points for their seventh-place finish.

Aside from Carlson, Caleb Appleton (16:53.4) and Noah Holter (16:55.4) finished in the top 100 at 84th and 89 overall, respectively.

Evan White (114th), Billy Freyholtz (134th), Seth Neubeck (157th) and Cody Freyholtz (172nd) rounded out the BHS team.

Aylesworth said four out of the seven members of the boys team — Carlson, Appleton, Holter and White — ran their personal bests on Saturday.

“It was good to see our guys do that,” he said. “For them to do it at the big meet at the end of the season made it more special for them.”

Mounds View finished ahead of BHS in sixth with 217 points while Centennial was eighth with 234.

Wayzata was first with 53 points followed closely by Edina with 66 and Stillwater with 99.

For the girls, the Lumberjacks scored 243 points to make the top ten. Eagan took ninth at 224 and Forest Lake 11th at 249.

Individually for BHS, Truedson paced the Jacks with a third-place finish while Sadie Hamrin was 68th at 15:23.3 and Atomic Thorson was 91st at 15:33.9.

Arie Gislason (136th), Ali Neubeck (142), Anna Gislason (161) and Morgan Sagedahl (170) also ran for the Lumberjacks.

The Lumberjacks were running without Megan Serratore, who injured her foot at the section meet last week and couldn’t run on it Saturday.

“She may have been aboe to help us score a few more points but the girls that did run today really stepped up and helped us earn that 10th-place finish,” Aylesworth said. “They did a nice job and I’m proud of how they competed.”

Wayzata ran away with the girls team title, scoring 37 points; East Ridge was the next closest at 134 points.

In Class A, Annandale took the girls team title with 85 points. Bagley/Fosston’s Marissa Carlson, the lone area runner in the Class A girls’ race, took 46th place with a time of 15:51.7.

Perham won the Class A boys championship with a score of 52.

MSHSL State Cross Country Meet

St. Olaf College, Northfield

Class AA Girls

Team Results

1-Wayzata 37; 2-East Ridge 134; 3-Lakeville South 165; 4-Chanhassen 171; 5-Willmar 172; 6-Eden Prarie 189; 7-Roseville 190; 8-Marshall 194; 9-Eagan 224; 10-Bemidji 243; 11-Forest Lake 249; 12-Lakeville North 276; 13-Burnsville 279; 14-Totino Grace 300; 15-Elk River 339; 16-Anoka 419.

Individual Results

Medalist: 1-Bethany Hasz (Alexandria), 13:53.1

Bemidji results: 3-Truedson 14.19.2; 68-Hamrin 15:23.3; 91-Thorson 15:33.9; 136-Arie Giaslason 16:11.2; 142-A.Neubeck 16:16.7; 161-Anna Gislason 16:46.7; 170-Sagedahl 17:18.4.

Class AA Boys

Team Results

1-Wayzata 53; 2-Edina 66; 3-Stillwater 99; 4-Rosmount 159; 5-Hutchinson 198; 6-Mounds View 217; 7-Bemidji 226; 8-Centennial 234; 9-Cloquet 234; 10-Lakeville North 261; 11-Alexandria 266; 12-Red Wing 280; 13-Burnsville 280; 14-Chisago Lakes 218; 15-Chanhassen 311; 16-White Bear Lake 423.

Individual Results

Medalist: 1-Osaba Ali (Richfield), 15:15.2.

Bemidji Results: 8-Carlson 15:47.2; 84-Appleton 16:53.4; 89-N.Holter 16:55.4; 114-White 17:13.5; 134-B. Freyholtz 17:25.0; 157-Neubeck 17:49.3; 172-C.Freyholtz 18:45.2

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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