Buc cross country teams compete in Fairmont
Blue Earth Area’s cross country season is already off to a good start with their first meet under their belts. Though the Buccaneers did not place in the top five for either boys or girls as teams, there are some individuals who scored well.
The girls team finished sixth place for their first invite of the season at Fairmont’s Cedar Creek Park on Friday, Aug. 25. The team earned 54 points while Jackson County Central took fifth with 44 points, Le Sueur-Henderson with 39 points for fourth, in third came St. Peter with 26 points, followed by Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial-Nicollet for second place with 20 points, and Fairmont takes the home turf advantage for first with 10 points.
“Kaitlin Johnson had a snazzy first race, finishing to a medal-winning cross country debut,” said head coach Tom Plocker of Johnson’s 18:11 time. Melissa Hagedorn also cruised to a nice time of 19:06 during the 4000 meter race.
Girls Varsity- 4000 meters: Callie Stevermer (20:13), Arianna Nagel (21:04), Emma Germain (22:46), Amanda Jacobson (25:22).
Girls JH- 1600 meters: Elizabeth Jacobson (7:56), Elle Wilkerson (9:33).
The Bucs had a hard time gaining traction to place in their first meet, taking 11th place with a team point total of 76 points.
New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva was able to place fifth with 50 team points, followed by Le?Sueur-Henderson with 33 points. In third came Mountain Lake with 25 points, and second place went to the Fairmont Cardinals. It was the St. James Saints who were able to nab the victory for this Early-Bird Invite.
Grant Strukel reprised his winning ways to start off the season with a dominating performance from the young Buc who won first place for 10th graders with a time of 14:01.
Brady Olsen paced himself well on his first meet of the season finishing just outside of earning a medal with a time of 15:53.
Boys Varsity- 4000 meters: Cameron Germain (18:46), Gunnar Fering (18:49), Eric Becker (18:52).
Boys JH- 1600 meters: Carson Strukel (7:43).