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Cross Country teams ready to defend section titles

By John George sports@eot.com The No. 1 ranked Jacket boys will be looking to win their second straight Section 8A title, as well as defen their Class A State Championship. Warroad and No. 12 Staples-Motley will present the biggest challenges. Wa...

By John George

sports@eot.com

The No. 1 ranked Jacket boys will be looking to win their second straight Section 8A title, as well as defen their Class A State Championship.

Warroad and No. 12 Staples-Motley will present the biggest challenges. Warroad is currently unranked, but was as high as No. 2 earlier this season.

The girls, ranked No. 2 in the State, are also looking to defend their 8A crown. No. 3 Staples-Motley will give the Jackets all they can handle with leading runner Hannah Landecker. Park Rapids was ranked for most of the season before dropping out of the top-10 last week.

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The Section 8A Meet will be held at Hawley Golf Course on Oct. 26. The girls race will start at 4 p.m. with the boys to follow at 4:30 p.m. Award ceremonies are scheduled for 5 p.m.

The top-two teams, plus the top-10 individuals not on the top-two teams, advance to State. The State Meet will be held at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Nov. 3. The Jacket boys have made five-straight State appearances, while the girls have advanced four years in a row.

Section tune-up

Perham held out their top-seven runners on both the boys and girls sides in the final meet of the season at Hawley on Monday. The regular varsity runners had a light work-out on the course to prepare for Friday's section meet.

Without the top-seven, the boys still pulled out a first place team win with 50 points. Bagley was second with 67. Freshman Klaus Weber was the team's top finisher, coming in 10th with a time of 18:43. From there, The Jackets filled the next four positions across the finish line and had all seven runners in the top-27.

The girls ran three seventh graders in their varsity race and finished fourth out of six teams with 84 points. Roseau won the meet with 49 points.

Two of the seventh graders finished as the teams top-two runners. Ciarrin Covington was 17th overall with a time of 17:57. Tonya Berns was 20th in 18:06.

Monday, October 22

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Boys Team Scores

1. Perham 50, 2. Bagley 67, 3. Roseau 68, 4. East Grand Forks 84, 5. Staples-Motley 132, 6. Thief River Falls 141, 7. Breckenridge 161.

Medalist:

Perham Individuals: 10. Klaus Weber 18:43, 11. Isaac Werner 18:52, 12. David Altstadt 18:53, 13. Andrew Riestenberg 18:54, 14. Nick Carignan 19:02, 25. Joe Ulrich 19:35, 27. Sam Huber 19:41.

Girls Team Scores

1. Roseau 49, 2. Bagley 61, 3. East Grand Forks 67, 4. Perham 84, 5. Breckenridge 102, 6. Staples-Motley 120.

Medalist:

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Perham Individuals: 17. Ciarrin Covington 17:57, 20. Tonya Berns 18:06, 22. Shayla Fulford 18:14, 30. Gretchen Weber 18:41, 33. Kellyn Barney 19:03, 34. Ashley Palubicki 19:04, 36. Jessica Dreier 19:20.

Boys Class A Poll Section 10/15 Rank

1. Perham 8 1

2. Plainview-E-M 1 2

3. Holy Family 4 3

4. LP-GE 6 4

5. Minnehaha Acad. 4 6

6. Byron 1 7

7. Adrian 3 8

8. St. James 2 9

9. St. Anthony Village 4 10

10. USC/AC 1 11

Kevin Lachowitzer (P) No. 2

Eddie Stenger (P) No. 3

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Girls Class A Poll Section 10/15 Rank

1. Adrian 3 1

2. Perham 8 2

3. Staples-Motley 8 5

4. Fairmont 2 4

5. Rochester Lourdes 1 3

6. Holy Family 4 6

7. LaCrescent 1 7

8. Mankato Loyola 2 9

9. St. Cloud Cathedral 5 10

10. Providence Acad. 5 11

Abby Anderson (P) No. 4

Maddie McClellan (P) No. 6

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