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Bemidji's Carlson and Truedson qualify for state cross country meet

Sam Carlson and Jenna Truedson will represent the Bemidji cross country teams at the state Class AA meet on Nov. 5 as each finished in the top 10 at the Section 8AA meet Thursday at Rocori.

Carlson was one of six Lumberjacks to post personal bests in the boys meet and his time of 16:21 over the 5,000-meter course was good for fifth place.

Jenna Truedson also ran her career best and finished second with a time of 14:24 over the 4,000-meter course.

As a team the BHS girls were sixth with 164 points while the boys finished fourth with 114.

Moorhead won the boys meet with 52 points and Willmar was second with 87. Those two teams will represent Section 8AA at the state meet.

The section's girls representtatives will be Monticello (49 points) and Alexandria (85 points).

Monticello entered the meet as the top-ranked team in the state girls poll.

"Both our girls and boys teams ran well. They stepped up to the competition," said Jacks coach Ryan Aylesworth.

"In the girls race we had three girls run their career best races, including Dani Gronhovd who ran 15:43 and beat her old career record by 30 seconds.

"In the boys race six of the seven runners set personal best times and the other missed his personal best by only two seconds. It was a great day for both of our teams."

Glen Ellingson of Moorhead dominated the boys race and enjoyed a 16-second cushion over his nearest rival. The top four boys finishers were seniors but Carlson snapped that streak when he placed fifth.

"Sam was in the top three for quite a while but those seniors eventually pulled ahead of him," Aylesworth said. "He ran a great race."

Bemidji's other results saw Seth Neubeck place 21st, Ryan Erickson 27th, Adam Lewis 28th, Adam Holter 33rd, Thomas Revering 46th and Billy Freyholtz 53rd.

Jamie Pippenburg of Alexandria captured the girls individual title with a time of 14:04 but Jenna Truedson edged Megan Hasz and Bethany Hasz of Alexandria for second.

The trio were neck-and-neck heading into the final stretch but Jenna Truedson won the battle to finish second.

Kim Truedson placed 18th for the Lumberjacks with a time of 15:25. The senior was among the pack battling for a top-10 finish but about two miles into the race she dropped back.

"Kim ran a solid race and I'm proud of her," Aylesworth said.

Gronhovd placed 24th with her personal best time while Mikayla Connell was 53rd, Kayla Olson 67th, Nicole Erdman 70th and Emma Brokl 71st.

Section 8AA Meet

Rocori High School

Boys Results (5,000 meters)

Moorhead 52*, Willmar 87*, Sartell 107, Bemidji 114, Monticello 236, Alexandria 146, Fergus Falls 202, Detroit Lakes 206, Thief River Falls 254, St. Cloud Tech 265, Little Falls 271, Brainerd 291, Rocori 293, St. Cloud Apollo 416, Sauk Rapids 462, Becker 484

*-state tournament qualifiers

1-Glen Ellingson (Moor) 15:57

Bemidji's results: 5-Sam Carlson 16:21 (qualified for state meet); 21-Seth Neubeck 17:14; 27-Ryan Erickson 17:22; 28-Adam Lewis 17:27; 33-Adam Holter 17:31; 46-Thomas Revering 17:51; 53-Billy Freyholtz 17:57

Girls Results (4,000 meters)

Monticello 49*, Alexandria 85*, Moorhead 95, Willmar 126, Brainerd 130, Bemidji 164, Sartell 204, Little Falls 213, Fergus Falls 225, Rocori 260, Detroit Lakes 337, Becker 355, Thief River Falls 359, St. Cloud Apollo 380, St. Cloud Tech 405, Sauk Rapids 470

*-state tournament qualifier

1-Jamie Pippenburg (Alex) 14:04

Bemidji's results: 2-Jenna Truedson 14:24 (qualified for state meet); 18-Kim Truedson 15:25; 24-Dani Gronhovd 15:43; 53-Mikayla Connell 16:31; 67-Kayla Olson 16:57; 70-Nicole Erdman 17:01; 71-Emma Brokl 17:06

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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