CROSS COUNTRY: Mia Hoffmann takes 1st, Bemidji boys take 2nd in Hibbing

Mia Hoffmann finished her race in 18:58.1, which was 16 seconds better than the field. It’s the second time in the past three meets that she’s taken first place.

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HIBBING -- Mia Hoffmann powered right back to the top of the podium on Thursday, as the Bemidji High School junior won individual medalist honors at the Hibbing Rotary Invite for the girls cross country team.

Hoffmann also helped BHS to place fourth among 19 scoring teams at the meet, while the Lumberjack boys placed second among 18 teams.

Hoffmann finished her race in 18:58.1, which was 16 seconds better than the field. It’s the second time in the past three meets that she’s taken first place.

Regan DeWitt added another top-10 finish for Bemidji close behind, placing ninth in 20:14.5. Addison Maish followed in 26th place (21:04.1), while Aubrey DeWitt (42nd, 21:35.8) and Josey LaValley (54th, 22:04.7) rounded out the team score.

As a team, BHS had 123 points. Only Hibbing (68), Rock Ridge (107) and North Shore (113) posted a better result.


The Bemidji boys landed two runners in the top four. Will Termont and Carson Maish finished back-to-back, as Termont took third in 16:34.4 and Maish took fourth in 16:34.5. Ashton Niemi gave the Jacks three top-10 times by clocking a 17:19.3 finish that was good for eighth.

Isaac Schouten (28th, 18:12.4) and Sidney Kingbird-Haugen (50th, 18:46.9) closed the team score.

BHS tallied 86 points, just shy of the 78 points that won Rock Ridge the team title. Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum rounded out the top three with 117 points, while Noah Foster of Cromwell-Wright crossed the finish line first in 16:05.0.

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

Boys Team Results (Top 10)

1-Rock Ridge 78; 2-Bemidji 86; 3-Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum 117; 4-Grand Rapids 130; 5-Superior 145; 6-North Shore 175; 7-Hibbing 182; 8-Cloquet 206; 9-Esko 286; 10-Hermantown 304.

Girls Team Results (Top 10)

1-Hibbing 68; 2-Rock Ridge 107; 3-North Shore 113; 4-Bemidji 123; 5-Proctor 136; 6-Cloquet 199; 7-Carlton-Wrenshall 221; 8-Hermantown 261; 9-International Falls 287; 10-Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum 289.

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