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Prep cross country: Willmar girls head to state

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Prep cross country: Willmar girls head to state
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

BEMIDJI -- The Willmar girls cross country team did exactly what they needed to do to reach state.

The young Cardinals team populated by middle-schoolers, finished just three points back of first-place Moorhead to earn a lane at St. Olaf College in Northfield for the 2012 Class AA Championships on Nov. 3.

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Sophomore Samantha Hanson, in eight-place, led the Cardinals flock of five eighth-graders and team veteran senior Cassandra Johnson to the finish at the Greenwood Golf Club.

The Willmar boys were just outside the state picture finishing third behind pre-meet favorite Bemidji and runner-up Moorhead.

But junior Thomas Seifert will advance individually after placing fourth in 16:49.

The Willmar girls pack kept Samantha in its sights. Jessa Hanson placed 14th, nine seconds behind her older sister. Next for Willmar came Sophie Schmitz 18th, Grave Graves 21st, Kayla Rudie 22nd and Savannah Anez 25th -- each just an eighth-grader.

Monticello, the 2011 state champion, placed third. Alexandria was fourth in the girls race with twin sisters Megan and Bethany Hasz finishing together at the front in a sizzling time of 14:10. The third-place runner was 36 second back.

The boys 5k was won by junior Sam Carlson of Bemidji in 16:32. He placed 44th at the state meet a year ago. Seifert, who led the Willmar team to 15th at state a year ago, placed 88th in the state meet.

BOYS

Team scoring

(1) Bemidji 59 (2) Moorhead 73 (3) Willmar 99 (4) Monticello 123 (5) Sartell 146 (6) Rocori 159 (7) Alexandria 209 (8) Little Falls 231 (9) Brainerd 252 (10) Detroit Lakes 270 (11) Thief River Falls 312 (12) Fergus Falls 323 (13) St. Cloud Tech 347 (14) Becker 380 (15) Sauk Rapids 433 (16) SC Apollo 449

Individual

TOP 5 -- (1) Sam Carlson, Bem, 16:32 (2) Ezra Olson, Mhd, 16:45 (3) Wade Krueger, Tech, 16:47 (4) Tom Siefert, Wil, 16:49 (5) Blake Anderson, Sar, 16:50

WILLMAR -- (4) Seifert (17) Ian Thompson 17:23 (21) Ryan Sawyer 17:32 (26) Jay Coquyt 17:40 (31) Connor Haugen 17:47 (37) Sam Anez 17:54 (49) Austin Miley 18:04

GIRLS

Team scoring

Moorhead 80 (2) Willmar 83 (3) Monticello 94 (4) Alexandria 109 (5) Brainerd 125 (6) Sartell 152 (7) Bemidji 205 (8) Little Falls 225 (9) Rocori 262 (10) Detroit Lakes 263 (11) Fergus Falls 323 (12) St. Cloud Tech 334 (13) Becker 359 (14) Sauk Rapids 383 (15) Thief River Falls 411 (16) St. Cloud Apollo 442

Individual

TOP 5 -- (1) Megan Hasz, Alx, 14:10.1 (2) Bethany Hasz, Alx, 14:10.4 (3) Mariah Betzler, Monti, 14:46 (4) Jenna Truedson, Bem 14:51 (5) Amber Seidenkranz, Mont, 15:07

WILLMAR -- (8) Samantha Hanson 15:20 (14) Jessa Hanson 15:29 (18) Sophie Schmitz 15:40 (21) Grace Graves 15:46 (22) Kayla Rudie 15:48 (25) Savannah Anez 15:54 (35) Cassandra Johnson 16:13

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