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Bemidji HS cross country teams finish second in home meet

Top left: Andy Berube, right, is followed by Dan Clemenson on the first turn of Tuesday's boys cross country race at Greenwood Golf Course. Top right: Jenna Truedson leads out the girls cross country race. Behind her is Bailey Drewes. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji's trio of Jenna Truedson, Bailey Drewes and Kim Truedson finished strong once again and their efforts helped the Bemidji girls cross country team capture second at Tuesday's four-team meet at Greenwood Golf Course.

Moorhead took the title with 27 points while BHS was second with 42. Detroit Lakes had 62 and Trek North 120.

Lumberjack Jenna Truedson was the individual winner as she completed the 4-kilometer course in 15:15.22. Drewes placed third at 15:34.81 and Kim Truedson was fifth at 16:05.16.

Bemidji's other finishers were Laura Edwards in 16th (17:08.4), Emma Brokl in 17th (17:21.35), Kayla Olson in 18th (17:30.26) and Mikayla Connell in 19th (17:34.16).

Trek North runners finished 22nd through 27th and its field included Madeline Treuer (18:24.45), Madeline Hawkins (18:35.93), Hannah Lash (18:50.04), Kaija Roy (19:15.41), Rachel Lash (19:30.92) and Kaitlin Bakker (20:44.04).

"It was a hard race, very windy and hilly," said Jenna Truedson who broke out of the lead pack two miles into the race and maintained an advantage the rest of the way.

Jenna Truedson has been among the leaders at most of this fall's meets and she hopes that trend continues Oct. 28 at the section competition.

"My goal is to finish in the top 10 and to have the team finish at least second," the eighth grader said. "If we do that we will go to state."

Kim Truedson shares that objective.

"We're very close to going to state when you look at our times," Kim said. "To make state our top three girls will have to run like we've done all year and we'll have to have a couple others move up in the standings. But that certainly can be done."

Drewes was disappointed with her time Tuesday but the senior knows that the important race will come next week.

"It's been a fun senior season and what I like about cross country is the personal challenge to continually improve," Drewes said. "Everyone is so nice, even your opponents. They know what you are going through to run cross country because they are doing the same thing."

Andy Berube finished third overall and helped the Jacks place second of three teams in Tuesday's boys race.

Moorhead entered the week ranked sixth in the state poll and the Spuds lived up to that billing. Moorhead finished with 21 team points to take the title while Bemidji had 35 and Detroit Lakes 79.

Lukas Gemar of Moorhead was the overall winner with a time of 16:00.76 over the 5-kilometer course.

Berube's time was 16:49.80. The other Lumberjacks finishers were Alex Schoneberger in sixth (17:06.64), Dan Clemenson in seventh (17:08.10), Jake Urban in eighth (17:21.65), Sam Carlson in 11th (17:27.00), John Buckanaga in 13th (17:55.46) and Ryan Erickson in 17th (17:55.46).

Representing Trek North wee Anthony Mendieta (18:47.5) and Alex Mendieta (19:51.47).

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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