Braham races at 5A sections
The Cambridge-Isanti boys placed 9th and the girls were 13th when the Section 7AA Cross Country finals were hosted at the Cloquet Country Club Oct. 27.
The Forest Lake and Andover girls placed 1st and 2nd to advance to State, as did the section-champ Andover boys and runner-up Forest Lake boys.
Leading the Bluejacket girls were Paige Muehlhauser (54th, 16:42), Erica Young (58th, 16:54) and Alex Nelson (68th, 17:19).
Nelson wrapped up a fourth year running career for the Bluejackets at sections. “Cross country’s just a fun sport to be in. It might look like an individual sport, but really it’s the whole team out there pushing each other and supporting each other. It’s just exciting to see everyone improve over the season and over the years,” she said. “I was out with injuries the past couple of years for sections, so it was really nice to finish the senior year doing sections. I improved, so that was good!”
For senior Young, this autumn offered a one-year experience with CC. “It was really fun. I just really like the team,” she explained. “I run in all my other sports, so I thought I would try something new with cross country. It was a good experience.”
Pacing the Bluejacket boys were Alex Mendieta (42nd, 17:55), Trevor Galligan (43rd, 17:56), Jordan Kalk (49th, 18:04), James Edstrom (58th, 18:13), Kyle McCormick (59th, 18:13) and Sam Renier (60th, 18:13). The boys race was heading down the home stretch when a brief ice pellet squall fell from the sky.
“The only times we’ve been here it’s been cold and not great conditions. Overall, this year wasn’t that bad,” said senior Renier who has run C-I CC six seasons. Asked what his motiviation was for taking part in the sport, he added, “Definitely the team atmosphere. We’re all good friends– kind of like a family. That’s what keeps everyone coming back year after year.”
Senior Galligan, a four-year CC runner, was asked to analyze the layout of the Cloquet course. “The boys’ course tricks your mind with that first short lap at 1,000 meters, and then you have to mentally keep up with that double loop inside. It’s a tough course.”
SECTION 7AA CC FINALS
BOYS TEAM: Andover 30, Forest Lake 98, Duluth East 120, Grand Rapids 121, Elk River 126, Chisago Lakes 167, Cloquet 186, Princeton 246, Cambridge-Isanti 251, Duluth Denfeld 259, St. Francis 263, Big Lake 282, Hermantown 290, North Branch 348, Hibbing 378, Zimmerman 498.
Bluejacket results: Alex Mendieta 42nd, 17:55; T. Galligan 43rd, 17:56; Kalk 49th, 18:04; Edstrom 58th, 18:13; McCormick 59th, 18:13; Renier 60th, 18:13; Anth. Mendieta 61st, 18:16.
GIRLS TEAM: Forest Lake 54, Andover 56, Elk River 82, Duluth East 150, Grand Rapids 164, North Branch 186, Big Lake 189, Hermantown 220, Chisago Lakes 274, Princeton 274, St. Francis 289, Duluth Denfeld 290, Cambridge-Isanti 324, Hibbing 345, Cloquet 350.
Bluejacket results: Muehlhauser 54th, 16:42; Young 58th, 16:54; Nelson 68th, 17:19; T. Oullette 70th, 17:24; M. Oullette 74th, 17:33; Head 88th, 17:54; Guimont 93rd, 18:04.
Bombers run at 5A Finals
Braham CC squads competed at the Section 5A finals, hosted Oct. 27 at the Pierz Golf Course. The Braham girls finished 16th and the boys 20th. Leading the Bomber girls were Rachel Eskuri (16:43) and Austyn Eng (18:05). Pacing the Braham boys were Jacob Rajkowski (19:29) and Thomas Warner (20:13).
The St. Cloud Cathedral squads swept the boys and girls 5A titles. Also advancing to Class A State were the Annandale girls and the Mora boys.
SECTION 5A CC FINALS
GIRLS TEAM: St. Cloud Cathedral 34, Annandale 63, Mora 127, Maple Lake 141, Providence Acad. 149, Watertown-Mayer 174, Pine City 175, St. Cloud Christian 262, Pierz 270, Hinckley-Fin. 295, PACT-Spectrum 298, East Central 377, Rush City 378, Mayer Lutheran 402, Foley 402, Braham 413, Howard Lake-Wav. 437, Mille Lacs 448, Maranatha 488, Rockford 507.
Bomber results: Eskuri 33rd, 16:43; Eng 81st, 18:05; Patterson 88th, 18:17; Winter 94th, 18:25; Westman 117th, 19:24; Anderson 127th, 21:17; Salmonson 130th, 21:43.
BOYS TEAM: St. Cloud Cathedral 27, Mora 85, Providence Acad. 103, Mayer Lutheran 128, Rush City 149, Watertown-Mayer 172, Maple Lake 216, Hinckley-Fin. 236, Annandale 251, Foley 272, Heritage Christian 361, Milaca 367, Pine City 378, Legacy Christian 390, Howard Lake-Wav. 398, Rockford 400, PACT-Spectrum 422, Pierz 432, East Central 438, Braham 552, St. Cloud Christian 562.
Bomber results: Rajkowski 79th, 19:29; Warner 105th, 20:13; Jones 119th, 20:49; TenNapel 120th, 20:49; Patterson 129th, 21:19; Anderson 140th, 23:17.