Buccaneers cross country struggle in the soggy mud
With slick and drizzly conditions, the Blue Earth Area Cross Country teams stayed alive during the I-90 invite last Thursday evening at Cedar Creek Point in Fairmont.
Twelve schools competed hard and the BEA girls team stuck it out with the best of them. However, for this meet, the team was unable to place in the top five. The Buc girls team placed ninth with 211 points.
Martin County West was able to take fifth with 161 points with St. Peter pulling ahead of them for fourth with 154. Mankato East tallied 118 points for third while Fairmont placed second with 53 points. Belle Plaine took first as a team with 48 points.
“Despite the dismal conditions, this was a very encouraging meet for the ladies today,” said head coach Tom Plocker. “Kaitlin Johnson surged to her best-ever 5K in the mud.”
Johnson placed 34th individually with a time of 22:14 for the 5,000 meter race.
Girls Varsity- 5,000 meters: Callie Stevermer (23:14), Arianna Nagel (23:20), Melissa Hagedorn (23:48), Gabby Weerts (24:24), Emma Germain (27:29), Amanda Jacobson (31:06).
Girls JH- 1,600 meters: Jazmin Lopez (7:06), Elizabeth Jacobson (7:28), Aubrey Hueper (9:55).
As for the Buccaneer boys, the team tried hard at pulling a top five placing, but were unable to place. They earned 257 points for eighth place.
Belle Plaine took fifth place with 107 points for their team, while Fairmont narrowly beat them for fourth with 105 points. Worthington took third with 82 points, while St. James earned 79 points for second. It was Mankato East that took first place as a team with 42 points.
“It was a positive meet as well for the gents, as 10 of the 13 raced to personal- or season-best times,” stated Plocker.
Grant Strukel was, yet again, at the head of the pack for the Bucs, earning a top 10 spot for the day. Strukel earned ninth place with a time of 17:32.
Boys Varsity- 5,000 meters: Brady Olsen (18:31), Jacob Dikken (20:51), Gunnar Fering (21:29), Blake Townsend (21:59), Cameron Germain (22:23), Eric Becker (23:10), Thomas Lindsey (23:46), James Greer (30:22).
Boys JH- 1,600 meters: Angel Martinez (6:17), Alex Dikken (6:52), Shane Levenhagen (7:24), Carson Strukel (7:43).
The Bucs will be competing at home this week on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m. at the Riverside Town & Country Golf Course.