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CROSS COUNTRY: Mia Hoffmann earns all-state honors, Bemidji boys place 13th at state

Mia Hoffmann’s accomplishment punctuated a full day for the Lumberjacks. The boys placed 13th as a team, while the girls had a pair of runners in action as individuals.

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Bemidji junior Mia Hoffmann (45) passes Brainerd's Hannah Drietz during the Class 3A state meet on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Northfield.
Courtesy / Heidi DeWitt
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NORTHFIELD -- Mia Hoffmann had a run of historic proportions on Saturday.

Hoffmann placed 11th for the Bemidji High School girls cross country team at the Class 3A meet in Northfield, posting the program’s top state finish since 2013 and one of its best ever.

“It was her best time of the year and a lifetime personal record, all on the big day,” BHS head coach Ryan Aylesworth said. “It was great. … She ran really, really well.”

Hoffmann’s accomplishment punctuated a full day for the Lumberjacks. The boys placed 13th as a team, while the girls had a pair of runners in action as individuals. And Aylesworth said Saturday’s success is a result of the team’s senior core, which went out in style.

“They’re just an awesome group of dedicated, hard-working athletes,” he said. “They’ve been good leaders on the team, committed and dedicated to the program. It’s helped us to where we’re at today.”

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Hoffmann clocked a personal-record time of 18:25.7 on the 5,000-meter course. It’s the best showing for a Bemidji girl since 2013, when Jenna Truedson placed third. Hoffmann was less than six seconds away from a top-10 mark but had over 40 seconds to spare in meeting her original hopes.

“Her goal was to be in the top 25 for an all-state finish,” Aylesworth said. “She put herself there early. She was probably in 20th, and she started moving up through the field. With less than a half-mile to go, she was in 14th. She battled and moved up to 11th and almost got that top 10.”

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Bemidji senior Regan DeWitt runs in the Class 3A state meet on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Northfield.
Courtesy / Heidi DeWitt

Hoffmann’s teammate, Regan DeWitt, hit her goal exactly by taking 50th place with a time of 19:30.2.

“That was just awesome,” Aylesworth said. “Regan was shooting for the top 50, and she tied her best time of the entire season at the state meet. With a half-mile to go, she was in like 59th. She really battled and hit that top-50 spot. That was really great.”

The BHS boys were packed inside a crowded field -- six teams were all within a 25-point cluster -- and the Jacks wound up 13th.

They were spearheaded by the top trio of Will Termont in 41st (16:19.3), Carson Maish in 53rd (16:36.3) and Brett Kurschner in 73rd (16:47.7).

“Our top three boys ran where we were hoping they would,” Aylesworth said. “I’m happy with (the whole team’s) efforts from today. … They had a solid day.”

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Bemidji senior Carson Maish runs in the Class 3A state meet on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Northfield.
Courtesy / Heidi DeWitt
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Bemidji junior Will Termont (391) runs in the Class 3A state meet on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Northfield.
Courtesy / Heidi DeWitt

Ashton Niemi followed in 139th place (17:41.2), and Isaac Schouten took 150th (18:02.0) to wrap up Bemidji’s team score.

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Sam Gifford (156th, 18:32.7) and Sidney Kingbird-Haugen (160th, 18:52.3) also ran for BHS.

The Lumberjacks tallied 309 points at the meet, edging out Woodbury (317), Section 8-3A champion Buffalo (318) and Centennial (342). Bemidji was three points shy of Blaine and five points shy of Bloomington Jefferson, as well.

“It was a very competitive field with lots of really good schools. It was really tight,” Aylesworth said. “Today was a very decent, solid day for us. If you looked at the numbers going in, we were seeded like 15th or 16th based off of section times and all that. We were able to surpass that.”

Aidan Jones of Minneapolis Washburn won the Class 3A boys race in 15:11.8, while Abbey Nechanicky of Wayzata claimed the girls title in 16:47.7. Wayzata swept the team championships, as well.

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Bemidji senior Brett Kurschner runs in the Class 3A state meet on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Northfield.
Courtesy / Heidi DeWitt
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Bemidji senior Ashton Niemi (388) runs in the Class 3A state meet on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Northfield.
Courtesy / Heidi DeWitt

Clearbrook-Gonvick's Amelia Machlitt takes on Class A field

Clearbrook-Gonvick freshman Amelia Machlitt competed as an individual in the Class A girls state meet on Saturday in Northfield.

She placed 63rd out of 158 runners, clocking a finish of 20:32.6 to safely land within the top half of the field.

Jade Rypkema of Nevis won medalist honors with a time of 17:43.5.

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Class 3A Boys Team Results

1-Wayzata 57; 2-Rosemount 98; 3-Lakeville North 103; 4-Minnetonka 121; 5-Mounds View 137; 6-Minneapolis Washburn 152; 7-Stillwater 182; 8-Eden Prairie 238; 9-Roseville 264; 10-Lakeville South 293; 11-Bloomington Jefferson 304; 12-Blaine 306; 13-Bemidji 309; 14-Woodbury 317; 15-Buffalo 318; 16-Centennial 342.

For complete boys results, click here.

Class 3A Girls Team Results

1-Wayzata 39; 2-Minnetonka 89; 3-Mounds View 127; 4-Centennial 156; 5-Prior Lake 174; 6-St. Michael-Albertville 191; 7-Farmington 194; 8-Brainerd 199; 9-Hopkins 226; 10-Northfield 254; 11-Forest Lake 268; 12-Eastview 286; 13-Roseville 318; 14-Woodbury 357; 15-Stillwater 417; 16-Eagan 424.

For complete girls results, click here.

Micah Friez is the former sports editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he worked at the Pioneer from 2015-23 and is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing.
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