It was a beautiful Nov. 2 day for a CC meet at St. Olaf College, and C-I sophomore Bree Erickson made the most of it. Running against 174 of the best runners in the state, Bree finished in 102nd in a time of 15:40.
“Bree might have been disappointed with where she finished,” said Coach Josh Lowman, “but she has absolutely no reason to be. At this level, 15 seconds in a race, which is really very little, is the difference between 102nd and 72nd. Every second or so two people are finishing. Another thing is that this is only Bree’s ninth cross country race ever. She was a two-sport athlete this fall, sharing time between soccer and cross-country, and really hadn’t even peaked as a runner yet.”
“We couldn’t be more proud of Bree and how she competed at this high level. It is amazing to see what she has accomplished in so little time and makes us even more excited for this spring as well as next season. Great job, Bree!” added Coach Lowman.
Another accomplishment was that Erickson finished 7th out of Section 7AA runners at State after finishing 11th at the section meet. She was able to beat four other runners in a week’s span.
Bluejacket CC runners at college
Three former Bluejacket runners competed at the MIAC meet held at Como Park on Nov. 2. Brothers Joe and Sam Renier ran for Gustavus, and Hannah Knickerbocker competed for Concordia College-Moorhead. J. Renier led the way for the grads, finishing the 8K course in 25:58.1, good enough for 11th place. “It is pretty rewarding to see these runners continue to compete,” said Coach Lowman. “It is really the cherry on the sundae to follow and watch former Jackets continue their careers!”
Other former Jackets competing at the college level include Sam Westerberg and Billy Eifert at Winona State, and Charlie Abraham and Kyle Billet at U of M-Morris.