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CROSS COUNTRY: Lumberjacks take on nearly 1,000 runners at Roy Griak

With a combined 979 individuals running within their divisions, the Bemidji High School cross country teams tested their stuff against a giant field on Friday at the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul.

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ST. PAUL -- With a combined 979 individuals running within their divisions, the Bemidji High School cross country teams tested their stuff against a giant field on Friday at the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul.

The Lumberjack girls placed 14th among 51 scoring teams in the girls Maroon division, while the BHS boys came in 35th among 55 teams in the boys Gold division.

Mia Hoffmann posted Bemidji’s best finish of the day with a top-15 time in the girls race. Hoffmann clocked a 20:18.6 finish to place 14th overall. Regan DeWitt was also near the top, crossing the finish line in 21:20.1 to grab 56th place.

Next in line for the Jacks, Addison Maish was another top-100 finisher with a 93rd-place showing of 21:57.8, and Josey LaValley finished 155th with a time of 22:35.8. Aubrey DeWitt landed 199th at 23:05.7 to round out the team’s scorers.

On the boys side, Carson Maish recorded the best time for BHS with his 17:12.0, which put him 86th overall. Will Termont captured 101st place in 17:22.1, and Brett Kurschner followed at 17:37.7 to place 147th. Also factoring into the scoring for Bemidji were Ashton Niemi (239th, 18:09.9) and Isaac Schouten (396th, 19:12.8).

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As a team, the Lumberjack girls recorded 482 points to edge out Two Rivers (487) and Menomonie (509), the next closest contenders. Brainerd won the meet with 112 points, while Geneva Timmerman of ADM Adel (Iowa) earned medalist honors with a time of 19:07.7.

In the boys competition, BHS tallied 877 points, beating out Des Moines Roosevelt (916) and Cherry Creek (937) for its spot. Dowling Catholic West Des Moines won the competition with 153 points, while Noah Breker of Robbinsdale Armstrong clocked a 15:31.1 time to win the individual crown.

Bemidji is back in action at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, for an invite in Perham.

Boys Team Results (Top 10)

1-Dowling Catholic West Des Moines 153; 2-Lakeville North 174; 3-Wayzata 208; 4-Rosemount 259; 5-Naperville Neuqua Valley 311; 6-Plainfield North 323; 7-Trinity Academy 327; 8-Minnetonka 345; 9-Madison West 369; 10-Mounds View 373; 35-Bemidji 877.

Girls Team Results (Top 10)

1-Brainerd 112; 2-Perham 146; 3-Divine Savior Holy Angels 306; 4-Woodbury 323; 5-Urbandale 335; 6-Chaska 335; 7-Hibbing 349; 8-St. Paul Central 349; 9-ADM Adel 375; 10-Amery 400; 14-Bemidji 482.

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