The Blue Earth Area boys and girls cross country teams competed in the Section 2A Championship on Oct. 24 at Montgomery golf club.
Boys results: Waseca 50, MCW 51, Loyola/Cleveland 146, TCU 151, LCWM/N 162, Belle Plaine 182, GFW 187, USC 201, BEA 265, Fairmont 280, St. James 314, NRHEG 316, Maple River 350, Sibley East 371, WEM-JWP 411, Sleepy Eye 421, LSH 437, St. Peter 473, MVL 478, Medford & GFW incomplete.
The boys improved to a respectable ninth place finish in a field of 21 teams.
Isaac Miranda (17:52) led the way falling three spots short of qualifying for the State meet.
Mike Ankeny (18:07) wasn't far behind as he uncorked a very encouraging race, according to coach Tom Plocker.
Zach Vaske (18:28) was dealing with a foot injury, but still improved by 44 places from last season's Section meet.
Kyle Mercer 19:07; Jordan Stelter 19:57; Seth Becker 20:42; Adam Buseman 20:46.
Alex Benson, Nick Shure and Gabe Jacobsen served as alternates.
The BEA boys earned the gold level academic honor with an average GPA of 3.76.
Girls Results: Waseca 53, Fairmont 82, MCW 116, Loyola/Cleveland 171, Belle Plaine 176, LCWM/N 204, Sleepy Eye 213, St. James 222, St. Peter 243, USC 257, WEM-JWP 305, TCU 306, BEA 311, Maple River 340, MVL 349, LSH 423, Sibley East 455, NRHEG 493, M/T/ML 573, Medford & GFW incomplete.
Taylor Grandgenett (16:42) battled the tough field and notched a quality top 20 percent place.
Jenna Stevermer (17:52) improved by 17 spots from last year with a strong sub-18 clocking.
Sierra Halvorson (18:01) closed out her solid career by surging over the final half of the race, according to Plocker.
Zoe Thompson (18:05) set another personal record and had a stellar rookie senior season.
Shayna Stevermer 18:09; Mariah Halvorson 18:12; Signe Olson 18:35.
Anna Aukes, Melissa Hagedorn and Callie Stevermer served as alternates.
The BEA girls also earned the gold level academic honor with an average GPA of 3.94.