BEA boys, girls do well at meet
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.