Section Cross Country finals next for Bluejackets, Bombers

The cross country season is winding down, with section races being held this Thursday for both the Cambridge-Isanti and Braham squads.

The Bluejackets head back once again to the Cloquet Country Club for the Section 7AA championships. The girls race starts off at 2 p.m. on Oct. 27, with the boys race to follow at 2:45 p.m.

The C-I boys will be gunning for a third-straight trip to State after finishing as 7AA runners-up the past two seasons. The challenge is raised considerably with the addition of Andover to the 7AA field this year; the Huskies are ranked 6th in Class AA. Chisago Lakes senior Luke McKenzie is the highest-ranked individual at 13th in AA boys.

The Bluejacket girls will be running to improve on their 13th-place finish last year at sections. The Andover girls are also very strong, finishing the regular season ranked 10th in Class AA. They are led by 11th-ranked junior Nicole Heitzman.

• Braham returns to the Pierz Golf Course for the Section 5A gathering, the site of last year’s finals. Racing gets underway at 4 p.m. Heavy favorites are the squads from St. Cloud Cathedral– both ranked No. 1 in Class A. The Annandale girls are also ranked 8th coming into sections.

C-I Invite results

The Bluejacket boys placed 3rd behind Coon Rapids and the Math & Science Academy at the Oct. 18 Cambridge-Isanti Invite hosted at the Grandy Nine GC. Jordan Kalk (18:26), Anthony Mendietta (18:28), Alex Mendietta (18:32) and James Edstrom (18:40) finished with top-20 runs for the Jackets.

Also scoring for the C-I boys were Sam Renier (21st, 18:43), Darren Codner (23rd, 18:57) and Kyle McCormick (24th, 18:59) among the large group of Jacket boys in the varsity race.

Jacob Rajkowski (41st, 19:45) and Connor TenNapel (63rd, 22:130 represented the Braham varsity at the C-I Invite.

• The Jacket girls were 5th and the Braham girls 8th at the invitational. Paige Muehlhauser (17:25) and Erica Young (17:31) ran strongly for C-I to finish in 11th and 13th place. Following them were teammates Alex Nelson (25th, 18:05), Taylor Oullette (27th, 18:10), Maddie Oullette (30th, 18:27) Amy Head (34th, 18:27) and Kylie Guimont (42nd, 18:59).

Rachel Eskuri paced the Braham girls with a 5th-place run at 17:00. Grouping up behind her were Jessica Westman (44th, 19:28), Sammy Patterson (46th, 19:35), Jenna Winter (50th, 20:58), Abby Salmonson (52nd, 22:43), Cassie Anderson (53rd, 23:41) and Caitlin Richmond (54th, 23:42).

Big Lake took 1st in the girls varsity race, with Math & Science Academy taking 2nd.