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Cross country: Nelson, Henning win at Luverne

BY LES KNUTSON The Globe LUVERNE -- Paced by the 1-2 finish of eighth-grader Tenley Nelson and freshman Regan Feit, Luverne's varsity girls convincingly won their own six-team high school cross country meet Thursday. Nelson (19:31.6) and Feit (19:32.

 

BY LES KNUTSON

The Globe

LUVERNE -- Paced by the 1-2 finish of eighth-grader Tenley Nelson and freshman Regan Feit, Luverne’s  varsity  girls convincingly won their own six-team high school cross country meet Thursday.

Nelson (19:31.6) and Feit (19:32.4) completed the 5,000-meter course far in front of Pipestone Area senior Angel Martens (20:56.2), who edged Canby/Minneota’s McKenzie Ruether (20:56.5) for third place among a field of 54 finishers.

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Later, Adrian senior Brady Henning won the varsity boys’ race over the same course with a time of 17:40.3, entering the chute ahead of Canby/Minneota senior Anthony Wollum (17:45.7). The next three finishers were Luverne juniors Austin Winter (18:18.5) and Shane Berning (18:19.5), followed by PA junior Matthew Dulas (18:20.6).

In the girls’ team standings, the state-ranked (11th in Class A) Cardinals had six runners place among the first 10 finishers and won the team title with a mere 25 points (1-2-5-8-9).

Eighth-grader Brooklynn VerSteeg was fifth (21:15.9) and a trio of LHS teammates -- freshman Autumn Nath (21:47.5), junior Gabrielle Ferrell (21:51.7) and freshman Cassie Flanagan (22:01.2) -- finished 8-9-10.

Pipestone Area, led by Martens and freshman Jori Strasser (12th, 22:06.1) edged C/M, 63-67, for second place in the girls’ team standings. Completing the six-team field were Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (89), Adrian (130) and Hendricks (148).

Other area individuals who finished among the top 20 were T-M-B senior Sarita Hook (seventh, 21:27.9), Adrian sophomore Moriah Bullerman (11th, 22:03.3), PA freshman America Diaz (14th, 22:17.4), PA junior Jonna Strasser (15th, 22:41.9), T-M-B sophomore Brooke Christian (16th, 22:52.7), Luverne freshman Leslie VanEngelenhoven (18th, 23:01.6), PA seventh-grader Brooklyn Goelz (19th, 23:02.8) and Luverne junior Madison Reisdorfer (20th, 23:04.9).

Canby/Minneota won the boys’ team title with 29 points, while Luverne was second with 39 and PA finished third with 63 points. Adrian, T-M-B, Hendricks and Flandreau Indian School were each incomplete.

Other area boys placing in the top 20, among 57 finishers, were PA freshman Seth Lingen (ninth, 18:33.6), Luverne sophomore Brayden Tofteland (10th, 18:46.9), Luverne sophomore Jonah Friedrichsen (13th, 19:09.6), T-M-B sophomore Sawyer Schwartz (14, 19:15.2), Luverne junior Jackson Golla (15, 19:26.1), PA freshman Aaron Lingen (16, 19:34.0), Adrian junior Christian Weidert (17, 19:42.6), Luverne freshman Seno Chanthalangsy (19, 19:47.6) and Luverne senior Michael Rahm (20, 19:50.0).

Luverne seventh-graders Tiana Lais (13:25.1), Elizabeth Wagner (13:56.6) and Grace Ingebretson (14:32.7) finished 1-2-4 in the 3,200-meter junior high girls’ race.

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The Cardinals claimed the first four places in the junior high boys’ race over the same course, as seventh-grader Brady Bork (12:07.4) finished first, followed by eighth-graders Griffin Jarchow (12:39.1), Ethan Rahm (12:39.9) and Ashton Eitreim (13:15.1) pacing Luverne’s winning team score of 18 points (1-2-3-4-8).

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