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Bucs run Fairmont, Mountain Lake

By Staff | Sep 1, 2019

Elizabeth Jacobson pushes hard during her run at the Early Bird Invitational in Fairmont. Jacobson finished with a time of 24:35.

Blue Earth Area’s cross country team headed to Mountain Lake on Wednesday, Aug. 28, for the 2019 Paul Metcalf Invitational, the first time they have been at the invite in eight years.

Both the boys and girls teams were unable to pull off a win, but progress is being made for the young team.

Worthington was able to grab the 5K team win for their boys team with a total of 29 points, while St. James came in second with 47. Third place was earned by Fairmont with 119 points. The Bucs earned 183.

Head coach Tom Plocker states the students all had good performances for the first 5K of the year.

“It was a fine start to the official race distance for the season,” he said.

Grant Strukel led the Buc boys with a solid first 5K of the year, placing a medal-winning ninth in 17:38.

Angel Martinez, according to his coach, crushed his 5K personal record by clocking a 20:06 time, placing 33rd in the race.

Cameron Germain placed with a decent early-season time of 21:32, earning 50th, while Carson Strukel, placing 61st, sped to a swift time of 22:20.

Damion Mahlstedt ran 22:44 for his first-ever 5K, placing 65th. His head coach was very impressed with his efforts.

James Greer kept a steady head about the race, finishing with a time of 28:41 and finishing in 74th.

As for the girls cross country race, Murray County Central/Fulda took home the win with 38 points, Fairmont placed second with 55, and Martin County West/Martin Luther placed third with 64 points.

It was Sara Hernandez who led the BEA pack, placing 59th with a time of 29:17, her finest-ever 5K mark according to Plocker.

Elizabeth Jacobson finished 62nd with a time of 32:09, while Aubrey Hueper was close behind to finish 67th with a time of 37:08.

Other results (4K, 2000 meter):

Nick Blum: 21:10

Shane Levenhagen: 23:41

Eli Paz: 27:03

Leah Becker: 11:48

Hayden Vereide: 12:17

Reagan Bromeland: 13:16

Clarine Greer: 14:52

Early Bird Invite

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer cross country team began their season on Friday, Aug. 23, with Fairmont High School’s Early-Bird Invite.

Both BEA teams placed sixth at their first meet, but there were a few successes for individuals on the team. In the boys race, St. James took first with 14 points, Luverne placed second with 22 points, and Jackson County Central took third with 27 points. For the girls race Luverne took home the win with 14 points, Fairmont trailed behind them with 21 points, and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown/Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton placed third with 23 points.

For the boys team, senior Grant Strukel had a successful cruise over the 4,000 meter course with a 13:15 time, claiming third place in the 12th grade race. This has been Strukel’s fourth consecutive medal win at this specific race.

Angel Martinez was another Buccaneer who placed with a medal. Martinez placed fourth in the ninth grade competition with a total time of 15:50.

Rookie Damion Mahlstedt, according to his head coach Tom Plocker, ran smartly during his first cross country meet. Mahlstedt ran to a time of 17:15 in the ninth grade race.

Cameron Germain sped to a mark of 17:18 in the junior race, more than 30 seconds faster than last year, according to Plocker.

“Carson Strukel is looking much improved over last year,” said Plocker. The younger Strukel earned a time of 17:24.

James Greer, a junior, powered to 21:53, while teammates Eli Paz (22:26), Shane Levenhagen (22:43), and first year runner Nick Blum (8:58 one loop), all gave commendable efforts for the Bucs.

In the girls team, Plocker says it was Sara Hernandez who led the way for the Buc girls at the Early Bird Invite.

“She led the girls today covering the 4,000 meter course in 23:16,” he said.

Elizabeth Jacobson recorded a time three minutes faster than last year with a time of 24:35 and Aubrey Hueper cruised to a time of 27:12.

In the one-mile junior high races, Plocker shares Leah Becker paced herself well and clocked a time of 8:11. Seventh grader Addison Smith ran with a time of 8:34, while Hayden Vereide pushed hard for a time of 8:54. Rookie Reagan Bromeland completed her first race in 8:54.