Prep cross country: Luverne girls, Suda win in Madison
MADISON -- Leading wire to wire, Pipestone Area sophomore Michael Suda -- the state's eighth-ranked Class A high school boys' cross country runner -- raced ahead of 11th-ranked Kurt TeBeest, the defending Section 3A individual champion, and clock...
MADISON - Leading wire to wire, Pipestone Area sophomore Michael Suda - the state’s eighth-ranked Class A high school boys’ cross country runner - raced ahead of 11th-ranked Kurt TeBeest, the defending Section 3A individual champion, and clocked a winning 5,000-meter time of 16:52.48 at the 12-team Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd Invitational cross country meet Tuesday.
Running at the Madison Country Club - where this year’s Section 3A Meet will again be held (Oct. 29) - Suda reversed the order from the last time the two competed on the same course. TeBeest, a junior from Montevideo, finished first at last year’s section race with a time of 17:02.41. Suda was second with his time of 17:20.44.
This time, Suda entered the chute nearly 15 seconds before TeBeest (17:07.29), who was 20 seconds ahead of third-place finisher Keiser Freetly (17:27.38), a sophomore from LQPV/D-B.
“Michael ran a smart race today,” said PA head coach Erin Clauson-Gordon. “When Kurt started to make up ground, Michael picked up his pace. It ended up being a PR day for him.”
In the girls’ meet, Luverne junior Madison Schandelmeier - the state’s fourth-ranked Class A girl and the defending Section 3A champion - blazed the same 5,000-meter course in a time of 20:16.52, leading a 1-2-3 Cardinal sweep.
With LHS teammates sophomore Gabi Ferrell (20:33.74) and seventh-grader Regan Feit (20:38.14) finishing second and third, respectively, the Cardinals convincingly won the team title with a low score of 44 points. Luverne’s fourth and fifth runners were seventh-grader Autumn Nath (18th, 22:14.07) and freshman Madison Reisdorfer (20th, 22:22.83).
LQPV/D-B was second in the girls’ team standings with 64 points (4-8-13-16-23), followed by Canby/Minneota (92), Pipestone Area (116), Redwood Valley (122), Montevideo (136), Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (184), Murray County Central/Fulda (206), Adrian (216) and Ortonville (219). Lakeview and Yellow Medicine East were both incomplete.
Other area girls who placed among the top 20 in the 67-finisher varsity field included PA junior Livia Wallace (fifth, 20:45.5), Adrian eighth-grader Moriah Bullerman (sixth, 20:47.45), PA sophomore Angel Martens (seventh, 20:48.12) and T-M-B sophomore Sarita Hook (17th, 22:11.74).
LQPV/D-B (3-5-11-12-15) won the boys’ team title with 46 points, while a trio of schools - Redwood Valley (71), PA (75) and MCC/F (80) - had a close battle for second. Luverne was fifth with 105 points, followed by Montevideo (111), Ortonville (218), C/M (227), T-M-B (253) and Lakeview (273). Adrian and YME were both incomplete.
Other area boys in the top 20 - among 68 finishers - were MCC/F seniors Clayton Hartle (seventh, 18:03.06) and Jack Erickson (eighth, 18:13.55), along with junior teammate Isaiah Olsem (13th, 19:01.55), Luverne freshman Austin Winter (14, 19:03.85), Adrian sophomore Brady Henning (15, 19:04.32), Luverne senior Erik Wohnoutka (17, 19:12.79) and a trio of PA juniors Lucas Griebel (18, 19:17.91), Matthew Kennedy (19, 19:20.0) and Emerson Winter (20, 19:23.43).