It was a perfect late-summer day when the Cambridge-Isanti cross country squads hosted their annual Bluejacket Invitational at the Grandy Nine GC. A tough field was in attendance as the Forest Lake girls dominated in their varsity heat, and the Centennial boys held off a good challenge from Andover.
Both Bluejacket squads finished in 7th place amid the mix of Section 7AA partners. Dylan Korta had the top placing for C-I when he covered the 5K in 18:25. Paige Muehlhauser, last year’s top Bluejacket girls runner, led her team with a 25th-place time of 17:34.
“What I saw on the boys’ side is that we weren’t intimidated and did not lose that competitive edge. However, at this point in the season, there were some teams at the invite that– fortunately for them but unfortunately for us– have the talent and experience to run races as they were run last Thursday,” said C-I Coach Josh Lowman. “Out of the guys, I would have to point out Andrew Fosse’s performance. I think that he could pop a good race this week. This meet is a great stepping stone that we can look back at and really be able to measure our progress over the next 6-to-8 weeks.”
Coach Lowman analyzed the girls’ portion of the Invite. “In a loaded field, I really saw measurable improvements. In particular, I really thought that Maddie (Oullette) ran a great race. Then again, this was her kind of course (challenging with hills and turns). I really think that with their work ethic, our girls could surprise some teams down the road.
Coach Lowman continued, “Bear in mind that this meet included some of the better teams in the state. In particular on the guys side, Centennial and Andover have both received consideration for state ranking. On the girls, Forest Lake is considered a top-10 team in the state, as well, with Andover and Centennial also showing strong performances this year. It was a pretty solid meet. We also enjoyed a very good training week, as well.”
• On Sept. 11 at the Mora Invite, the Bluejacket boys placed 2nd behind Princeton, and the C-I girls finished 4th with the host Mustangs on top.
GIRLS: Forest Lake 30, Centennial 52, Andover 67, Chisago Lakes 121, Princeton 140, St. Francis 147, Cambridge-Isanti 183, Blaine 193. C-I Ind.: Muehl-hauser 25th 17:34; M. Ouellette 34th 18:30; T. Oullette 38th 18:55; Head 39th 18:57; Winselman 47th 19:26; Rosenberg 50th 20:15; Guimont 51st 20:30. Top JV girl: Courtney Dobbs 20th 19:34.
BOYS: Centennial 41, Andover 58, Chisago Lakes 74, Blaine 117, St. Francis 119, Princeton 132, Cambridge-Isanti 149, North Lakes 250. C-I Ind.: Korta 14th 18:25; Codner 26th 19:00; Fosse 35th 19:47; Jones 36th 19:50; Yurczyk 38th 19:53; Wallman 45th 20:37; Magnuson 46th 20:37. Top JV boy: Paul Elmstrand 21st 20:42.
Bomber CC at Pine City
On Sept. 6, Braham cross country competed at the annual Pine City Invite. Bomber high varsity placers were: Thomas Warner 15th (19:04) and Rachel Eskuri 34th (18:24). JV high placers: Sammy Patterson 8th (20:12) and Cody Anderson 20th (22:00).