Cross country state meet awaits Mustangs, Knights

Both high schools from District 621 are sending competitors to Northfield on Saturday for the state high school cross country championships. 

 

Mounds View

The Mustangs have runners from both of their teams competing at state on Saturday.

The boys qualified for state as a team by finishing second in the standings at the Section 5AA meet last week. The top five Mustangs finished no lower than 22nd and that was good enough to hold off Centennial for third place. Mounds View finished with a score of 58 while the Cougars were at 80.

Maple Grove won section team championship with 40 points.

Leading the way for Mounds View were senior Ezekiel Lelinga and sophomore Austin Streit, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the top five for the Mustangs were three more sophomores in Lucas Hessini (12th), David Dahl (15th) and Anders Bandt (22nd). Sophomore Joey Lawson and senior Tim Pease also ran in the section meet.

Mounds View entered the section meet ranked third in the state in Class AA while Maple Grove was sixth. Mounds View head coach Ross Fleming was pleased with his team’s performance and tipped his cap to Maple Grove, saying the Crimson flat out beat the Mustangs.

Heading into the state meet, Fleming isn’t putting too much emphasis on what place his team finishes. He is looking more for solid performances from his runners and then they’ll let the chips fall where they may.

On the girls’ side, Mounds View is sending freshman Morgan Dahl to state. Dahl, who won the Suburban East Conference individual title a week earlier, went to sections and took second place with a time of 19:01.4. She finished behind only St. Michael-Albertville sophomore Annalise Davis, whose winning time was 18:45.1.

 

Irondale

The Knights have two representatives taking part in the state meet on Saturday. 

Seventh grader Elizabeth VanLoon and senior Liz Axberg finished high enough in the Section 5AA standings to qualify for state. VanLoon posted Irondale’s top time (19:01.1) at sections and finished fourth overall while Axberg was the second Knight and 12th runner overall across the finish line. Axberg’s time was 19:44.3.

Earlier in October, VanLoon was the medalist at the Northwest Suburban Conference championship meet.

 

St. Anthony Village

Neither Huskies team was able to advance any runners to the state meet. The St. Anthony boys squad finished 15th in the Section 5AA team standings and the girls landed in 13th place.

Individually, junior Zofia Smith led St. Anthony’s girls with a time of 21:07.0 to finish 45th overall. The rest of the Huskies’ top five included seventh grader Laura Carter, junior Ava Grotting and eighth graders Kathryn Skinner and McKenna Halverson. Also competing in the section meet for St. Anthony were sophomore Anna Manson and seventh grader Bandit Mooney.

For the boys, sophomore Joe Lynch set the pace with a time of 17:53.7 and finished 59th overall. St. Antony’s next four runners were freshman Tait Nelson, junior Andrew Nelson, senior Marcus Bradt and freshman James Frigstad. Freshmen Joshua Cary and Davin Dahl also ran in the section meet for the Huskies.

Prior to the section meet, the St. Anthony boys team won its third consecutive Tri-Metro Conference championship and the girls team was second at sections behind only Visitation.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

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