Bucs end their season at Sections
The final cross country meet of the season was held at the Montgomery Golf Club on Tuesday, Oct. 13, where Blue Earth Area competed in the Section 2A championships. A total of 19 teams competed in the girls portion of the meet while 18 teams were in the boys division.
Belle Plaine was the winner of the girls varsity meet with 60 points. Glencoe-Silver Lake was second with 74 points and Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop was third with 112 points.
United South Central finished 13th and BEA was 17th.
Allison Redepenning had the best finish for the Bucs. Her time of 24:57 was good for 72nd place.
“Allison put the exclamation mark on a fine rookie season with a beauty today,”?BEA coach Tom Plocker said. “Her time today was a personal best by over a minute compared to her previous best time.”
Calli Ferguson was the next Buc to complete the race. She finished in 84th place with a time of 25:49.
“Calli returned to action and ran her best 5K ever,” Plocker commented.
Addison Smith finished 112th with a time of 28:16.
“It was the third straight meet in which Addison recorded a personal best time,” Plocker remarked. “She moved up 16 places from where she finished in the 2019 Section race.”
Also competing for BEA were Elizabeth Jacobson who finished 113th in 28:19, Leah Becker who took 116th place with a time of 29:44 and Aubrey Hueper who was 117th in 30:13.
St. James Area literally ran away with the title in the boys varsity race. Their point total of 53 was 67 points better than their closest rival, Glencoe-Silver Lake, who finished second with 120 points. Belle Plaine claimed third place with 124 points.
USC took 16th place with 425 points. They were right ahead of BEA, who finished with 430 points and finished in 17th place.
Angel Martinez finished with a time of 19:54 in the boys race which was good for 51st place.
“Angel raced smartly and zipped to a top-half placeing,” Plocker said. “It was his best Section placing ever.”
Finishing 73rd was Cameron Germain with a time of 20:36.
“Cameron concluded his prep cross country career with a gutsy effort,” Plocker commented. “He improved by 20 places from last year.”
Blair Lunz completed the course in 21:26 which was good for 92nd place.
“It was Blair’s first Section competition,” Plocker noted. “He displayed quality even-pacing during his run.”
Damion Mahlstedt improved on his 2019 Section performance by 20 places and finished 104th in 22:04.
Also competing were Deven Haase, who finished 110th in 22:23, James Greer, who was 128th in 26:35 and Shane Levenhagen, who finished with a time of 28:30 which was good for 128th place.
BSC Conference Meet
The Blue Earth Area cross country teams competed in the small-school division of the Big South Conference meet held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Redwood Valley High School in Redwood Falls.
Luverne won the girls competition with a score of 21, Windom finished second with 57, Redwood Valley was next with 73, Pipestone came in fourth with 93, St. James Area took fifth with 132, BEA was sixth with 185 and Jackson County Central had an incomplete score.
Allison Redepenning was the top finisher for the Bucs with a time of 26:38 which was good for 42nd place. Addison Smith ran a personal best 28:18 to finish 43rd.
Leah Becker finished 44th in 29:34. Elizabeth Jacobson returned to racing and turned in a time of 29:38 for 45th place.
Aubrey Hueper was 46th, finishing the race in 31:09 and Hope Goette turned in a time of 31:15 to finish 47th.
St. James Area took first place for the boys with a score of 39. Redwood Valley was runner-up with 71 points, Windom finished third place with 90, Luverne placed fourth with 91, Pipestone had 98 points for fifth place, JCC was sixth with 113 and BEA took seventh with 220.
Cameron Germain was the leading BEA runner. The senior finished with a time of 19:49 which put him in 39th place. Blair Lunz had a personal best time of 20:42 to finish 46th.
Damion Mahlsted was the third runner to cross the finish line for the Bucs. His time of 22:04 put him in 50th place.
Two seventh graders, Devin Haase and Marcus Eckles, each recorded personal best times in the meet. Haase turned in a time of 23:10 which put him in 51st. Eckles finish 53rd with a time of 25:59.
James Greer ran the course in a time of 26:21 to finish 54th and Shane Levenhagen finished 55th, running the course in 26:31.