A record number of individuals will compete for the St. Michael-Albertville cross country team this Saturday, Nov. 3, in the State Class “AA” Cross Country Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Senior Brendan Sage will compete for his 3rd time in the State Meet where he earned “All-State” honors a year ago by placing 25th. Sage qualified as a result of winning his 2nd consecutive individual Section title as he surpassed the rest of the field at the Section 5AA Meet held at Anoka Thursday, Oct. 25. Sage ran the 5K course in a time of 15:48. Sophomore Chase Cayo joins Sage at the State by placing 5th at the Section Meet in a season-best time of 16:23 for the 5K.
Senior Maddi Sjelin qualified for State for the 2nd consecutive year by placing 4th at the Section 5AA girls race, running the 4K in a time of 15:11. Teammate, sophomore Rachel King qualified for State for the first time, finishing 2nd overall, at the Section Meet, in a time of 14:55, while 8th grader Lizzy Heil also qualified for the first time placing 5th at Sections in a personal best time of 15:13.
The State class “AA” Boys 5K will be contested on Saturday November 3rd at 1:00 PM and the class “AA” Girls 4K will follow at 2 p.m., both on the campus of St. Olaf College.
Teamwise at the Section Meet, the STMA girls were 4th among 15 teams, a mere 19 points out of first, while the STMA boys placed 5th, as a team, 18 points behind runnerup Moundsview.
Besides the State qualifiers, Abbie Herbst (43rd-16:20) was the 4th runner for STMA, followed by Tori Hamre (52nd-16:35), McKenna Rogers (67th-17:21), and Bobbi Brendefur (68th-17:24). The Knight boys placed 5th overall with Dominic Shovelian (29th-17:13) as their 3rd runner, followed by Jake Monseth (35th-17:26), Christian Eiynck (38th-17:28), Alec Birk (54th-17:44), and Derek Johanson (76th-18:20).
ऀCoach Greeno commented, “We were hoping to sneak a team into the State Meet and we came awful close, but just didn’t quite have the day we needed to have. We didn’t run bad, the Section was tough and well-balanced. All our kids, boys and girls, ran personal best times or came close to their best time, so we competed well. We have to be happy about qualifying 5 individuals, which is the most we have ever sent. Our top runners were unbelievable with all 5 of our qualifiers placing in the “top 5” of the Section Meet.”
ऀThe STMA Cross Country Banquet will be Monday evening Nov. 12, at the STMA High School cafeteria with more details forthcoming.