BEA takes on JCC and St. Peter
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer cross country team traveled to Jackson on Thursday, Sept 24, to compete in a triangular meet with the Huskies of Jackson County Central and the St. Peter Saints.
The skies were sunny and the temperature was in the 70s making it another great day for a meet.
St. Peter and JCC battled for the top spot in the girls’ competition with the Saints winning total of 25 points edging the Huskies, who finished with 31. BEA finished with a total of 71 points.
The girls 5K saw Eloise Blair break into the top 10 for BEA. Her time of 24:30 was good for 10th place, three spots ahead of fellow Buccaneer Calli Ferguson, who finished 13th with a time of 25:59.
Elizabeth Jacobson was the third Buc runner to complete the course. She finished in 15th place with a time of 28:14.
Allison Redepenning finished 16th with a time of 28:27, Mya Steinhauer was 17th with a time of 29:10, and Leah Becker, who passed several competitors while running the second loop, finished 18th with a time of 29:14.
Destinee Griffey ran her first 5K of the season and finished in the 20th spot with a time of 29:38. Lili Olson was next finishing 21st in 29:54, Addison Smith was 22nd in 31:05, Hope Goete was 23rd in 36:42, Aubrey Hueper was 24th in 37:13, Reagan Bromeland was 25th in 45:17 and Clarine Greer finished 26th in 45:18.
JCC cruised to a win in the boy’s side of the meet. The Huskies finished with 20 points, the Saints were second with 43 and the Bucs were third with 70.
BEA’s Angel Martinez had his best placing of the year. His time of 19:47 was good for seventh place. Cameron Germain continued to make strides and just missed a top 10 placing. His time of 20:36 put him in 11th place.
Zaire Morrow was just a little faster than his teammate Blair Lunz. Morrow crossed the finish line in 15th place with a time of 21:38. Lunz was 13 seconds behind Morrow with a time of 21:51 and a 16th place finish.
Damion Mahlstedt returned to action after missing a race and finished 20th with a time of 22:42.
Seventh grader Devin Haase made his 5K debut and finished 22nd with a time of 23:36.
Nick Frank ran a personal best 24:14 to finish 24th.
Hayden Vereide finished in 26th place with a time of 26:45, Dominic Morrow was 27th in 27:00, James Greer was 28th in 27:05, Marcus Eckles was 29th in 29:02, Vern Johnson was 30th in 29:14, Eli Paz was 31st in 29:14, Gibson Haase was 32nd in 29:16 and Shane Levenhagen was 33rd in 29:47.
After running in a triangular meet on Oct. 1, against St. James and JCC, the teams will be preparing for the Big South Conference Championship on Saturday, Oct. 10, in Fairmont.
The conference championship will be split into four different races, with three teams running in each race. The scheduled starting time for the races are 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The time slots for each team have not yet been determined.