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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

SECTION 2A BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: Wolverines leave no doubt

The Mt. Lake Area boys cross country team turned in one of its best performances of the season at the perfect time Thursday, winning the Section 2A Meet championship at Baylor Park in Norwood.

The Wolverines finished with 60 team points. St. James finished second, earning a state trip with 70 points. Martin County West/Butterfield-Odin placed 12th with 296 points.

The front of the pack was tight throughout the early portion of the race before MLA’s Kody Wassman and St. James’ Levi Miest pulled away from the pack. Miest wound up holding off Wassman at the finish to win the meet, with Wassman finishing second with a time of 16:09.

MLA had two other top-10 finishers, as Zach Klassen placed ninth with a time of 17:05, followed shortly after by Tyrone Stout in 10th with a time of 17:12. Ethan Schroeder placed 12th (17:19) and Joseph Torres finished 27th (18:05).

MCWBO was led by Ryan Pierson, who fell back from the race leaders at the end, but earned a state meet trip with a third-place time of 16:23. Grant Koehnen finished 19th (17:45), followed by Hayden O’Connor in 91st (21:39), Kaleb Kennedy in 99th (22:28) and Lincoln Kennedy in 101st (22:56).

Boys Team Scores: 1. MLA 60. 2. St. James 70. 3. Loyola-Cleveland-St. Clair 81. 4. M/T/ML/GHEC 127. 5. LCWMN 134. 6. Sibley East 178. 7. NYA 239. 8. LSH 259. 9. Lester Prairie 262. 10. SESM-SE-NUC 270. 11. WEM/JWP 295. 12. MCWBO 296. 13. MVL 303. 14. Maple River 304. 15. BEA 372.

Individual Top 10 and additional state qualifiers (Top 6 individuals not on the two qualifying teams): 1. Levi Miest (StJ) 16:06. 2. Kody Wassman (MLA) 16:09. 3. Ryan Pierson (MCWBO) 16:23. 4. Josiah DeMaris (M/T/ML/GHEC) 16:31. 5. Soren Kelly (LCSC) 16:34. 6. Sam Vetter (LCSC) 16:54. 7. Jacob Friesen (StJ) 17:01. 8. Mason Anderson (LCWMN) 17:01. 9. Zach Klassen (MLA) 17:05. 10. Tyrone Stout (MLA) 17:12. Q. Kieran Allison (NYA) 17:14

MLA results: 2. Kody Wassman 16:09. 9. Zach Klassen 17:05. 10. Tyrone Stout 17:12. 12. Ethan Schroeder 17:19. 27. Joseph Torres 18:05. 42. Rolando Tema Tema 18:40. 44. Cooper Evers 18:46.

MCWBO results: 3. Ryan Pierson 16:23. 19. Grant Koehnen 17:45. 91. Hayden O’Connor 21:39. 99. Kaleb Kennedy 22:28. 101. Lincoln Kennedy 22:56. 104. David Taylor 23:16.

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