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BEA, USC runner compete at State

By Staff | Nov 9, 2014

Athletes from high schools across the state competed in the 2014 State Cross Country Tournament at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Nov. 1. Blue Earth Area sent one runner, Mike Ankeny, and United South Central sent another, Beth Stevermer.

Stevermer, a freshman at USC, had competed in last year’s State Class A Championship as an eighth grader. There, she earned 14th place out of 174 runners.

This year, Stevermer hoped to beat her record.

“I?was just hoping to go back to the State meet and improve my time from last year,” Stevermer said.

And she did just that. Stevermer placed 7th out of 174 runners in the 4K Class A division race with a time of 15:01.

Though the season is now over, Stevermer plans to train for both track and field in the spring and cross country for the 2015 season. In the past, she has also been on the USC basketball team, but this year, she wants to focus on running.

“As long as any injuries stay minimal and I train hard enough, I think the rest of my career will go really well,” she said.

BEA senior Mike Ankeny finished in 132nd place with a time of 17:52 at his first ever State Class A Championship.

According to BEA head coach Tom Plocker, Ankeny started the 5K Class A race strong, but half way through, the athlete experienced some cramping, thus putting him behind.

“Perhaps not exactly the outcome he envisioned, Michael nonetheless completed a superb cross country season: a varsity race winner, All-Conference, All-Section and State qualifier,”?Plocker said.