Bucs 3rd, 6th at Early-Bird
The Bucs girls and boys cross county teams finished third and sixth respectively at the Fairmont Early-Bird Invitational held Friday, Aug. 24.
United South Central girls took home the team title in the 10-team competition, while the boys were third.
Team scores were calculated by adding up the times of their “top 5” runners. Also, all races had runners of the same grade level competing against each other.
Pacing the way for the No. 6-ranked Rebel girls in the 4,000-meter race was junior Emily Mantor, with a winning time of 14:37. She also set a new school record, bettering the old mark of 14:59 set by Cheryl Stevermer in 1995.
Freshman Bethany Koziolek crossed the finish line in 16:25.5 to place second overall, while senior teammate Hannah Goemann took fifth overall in 16:58.0.
Rounding out the Rebels’ top five counting times were sophomore Amber Klein with 17:57.5 and freshman Tikvah Schwartz with a time of 18:03.1.
For the BEA girls, freshman Taylor Grandgenett was the top finisher with 17:30 and followed by teammate freshman Shayna Stevermer with an 18:29.
Juniors Sierra Halvorson, Jenna Stevermer and Anna Aukes completed the Bucs counting times with 18:57, 20:24 and 21:24, respectively.
On the boys side, sophomore Brian Remington led the Rebels with a time of 15:02, just ahead of junior teammate Logan Thomsen with 15:03.
Senior Eric Redman was clocked in 15:07, followed by junior Raul Gonzalez with 17:02 and freshman Thomas Mantor with a 17:07.
For BEA, Mike Ankeny won the sophomore 4,000-meter race with a time of 14:47.2 to earn a fourth-place overall.
Freshman Adam Buseman had a time of 16:49.7, while junior John Lee (17:40.1), freshman Zach Vaske (17:43.0) and sophomore Nick Shure (17:54.6) rounded out the team’s top five runners.
Varsity girls (4K)
Team Standings (Top 5 individual times): 1. United South Central, 84:01; 2. Fairmont, 91:27; 3. Blue Earth Area, 96:46; 4. St. James, 102:38; 5. Le Sueur-Henderson, 109:10; Incomplete, Jackson County Central, Medford, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva and St. Peter.
Other Buc girls
Meredith Hagedorn 21:49; Makenzie Slette 22:14; Rowan Hacken 22:17; Nyla Anderson 22:23; Mara Fenske 22:25; Autumn Foster 22:37; Josselyn Martinez 24:47; Cynthia Johnson 25:31; Alexis Brooks 27:50; Madeline Jenkins 30:31.
Melissa Hagedorn 6:48; Justina Gaydon 8:07; Cassie Peterson 8:18.
Other USC girls
Tenley Schwartz 18:42; Taylor Schultz 20:52.
8th grade: Lauren Wetzel 7:37
Varsity boys (4K)
Team Standings (Top 5 individual times): 1. St. James, 76:41; 2. Le Sueur-Henderson, 79:22; 3. USC, 79:27; 4. Jackson County Central, 83:16; 5. Blue Earth Area, 84:54; 6. Fairmont, 85:52; 7. St. Peter, 86:32; Incomplete, Medford, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, Martin Luther.
Other USC boys
Jordan Quade 17:17; James Dundas 17:26; Cameron Whiteside 19:18.
Other Buc boys
Nick Lein 18:06; Jakob Thomsen 18:12; Jose Rios 20:23; John Lindsey 20:48; Cage Johnson 28:23; Ike Zebedee 32:41.
8th grade: Seth Becker 5:59.
7th grade: Ben Sheldahl 6:44.