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Strukel is State qualifier for BEA

By Staff | Oct 27, 2019

Grant Strukel qualified for State and will compete Nov. 2, at St. Olaf.

It was nearly ideal conditions at the Section 2A Championship for the Buccaneer cross country teams as they competed last Thursday, Oct. 24 on their home turf at Riverside Town & Country Club near Winnebago.

The boys team placed 14th out of 20 teams with 374 points. St. James Area placed first for the Section 2A meet with 41 points, while Mankato Loyola/ Cleveland placed second with 113. Tri-City United took third for the day with 121 points.

Grant Strukel willed his way over the course in his final Section meet, grabbing a State-qualifying 10th place win with a season-best time of 16:46. This is Strukel’s fourth-consecutive State Meet qualifier. He will compete at the State meet on Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

Angel Martinez exploded to his fastest-ever 5K with a time of 18:55, according to his head coach Tom Plocker.

“Angel improved an outlandish 2 1/2 minutes and 68 places from last year’s Section meet,” says Plocker.

Cameron Germain swooped into 93rd with a time of 19:53, his second-straight personal-record for the season, improving 17 places and more than 30 seconds from his ’18 Section run.

Carson Strukel clocked a time of 19:56, equalling his personal record from last week, placing 97th.

Senior Nate Phippen overcame a foot injury to place 127th with a time of 22:38 in his final cross country race.

Damion Mahlstead made his Section debut by placing 128th with a time of 22:36.

The Maroon and Gold girls cross country team placed 19th for the day with a total of 557 points. It was Belle Plaine who nabbed first place with a score of 59, while Fairmont placed second with 73 points. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown/Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton placed third for the Section 2A Championship with 95 points.

Buccaneer senior Elizabeth Jacobson galloped to a 26:17 run for the day placing 107th.

“She improved a spiffy 24 spots and over a minute faster from last year at Sections,” says Plocker.

Leah Becker had her best race of the season, posting a time of 27:08 for 115th place.

Autumn Gordon paced herself to a time of 27:43, earning 117th for her fastest 5K ever in her first Section championship.

Aubrey Hueper improved nine places from her Section meet last year, placing 124th in 29:32.

Addison Smith traversed the course in 30:20, placing 128th for this Buccaneer’s first Section meet.