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Willmar Hassan wins third straight race

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ALEXANDRIA -- Mahad Hassan made it three wins on three consecutive Saturdays when he ran to first place at the 36th annual Lions' Meet of Champions.

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The Willmar senior, ranked No. 1 in the latest Class AA poll, reached the finishing chute in 15:45. That was two seconds ahead of Moorhead's Lukas Gemar, one of five top-10-rated runners in the field of 22 teams.

Junior Sadam Abdi came in seventh in 16:16 for the 5,000 meter course. Willmar and Moorhead were the only two teams to place two runners in the boys top 10.

Moorhead won the boys trophy with 99 points. Willmar was seventh with 94.

The Willmar girls were 17th of 25 teams. Jayne Cole was 27th in 15:55 in the 4,000-meter run.

Hassan also won at Apple Valley two weeks ago and on his home course a week later.

Alexandria freshman Jamie Piepenberg, rated No. 2 and first at the Willmar Invite, also won on her home course.

BOYS

Team scoring

(1) Moorhead 99 (2) Stillwater 105 (3) Chaska 117 (4) Roseville 139 (5) Alexandria 148 (6) Red Wing 191 (7) Willmar 194 (8) Bemidji 200 (9) Sartell 212 (10) Brainerd 288 (11) New Prague 324 (12) St. Michael-Albertville 329 (13) Cretin-Derham Hall 341 (14) St. Cloud Cathedral 341 (15) Staples-Motley 359 (16) Mounds View 425 (17) St. Louis Park 476 (18) Little Falls 519 (19) Rocori 583 (20) Fergus Falls 595 (21) Marshall 595 (22) Windom 676

Individual

TOP FIVE -- (1) Mahad Hassan 15:45 (2) Lukas Gemar, Mhd, 15:47 (3) John Holt, Rose, 15:55 (4) Erik Truedson, Bem, 15:58 (5) Jakob Lindaas, Mhd, 16:03

WILLMAR -- (1) Hassan (7) Sadam Abdi 16:16 (45) Mowlid Mohamud 17:26 (67) Abdullahi Mohamud 17:50 (74) Derek Ballandby 17:56 (117) Abdishukri Yare 18:48

GIRLS

Team scoring

(1) White Bear Lake 142 (2) Eastview 152 (3) Monticello 156 (4) Chaska 167 (5) Moorhead 171 (6) Stillwater 194 (7) Becker 199 (8) Roseville 143 (9) Mounds View 265 (10) Staples-Motley 280 (11) Sartell 286 (12) New Prague 307 (13) Brainerd 341 (14) Little Falls 370 (15) Alexandria 374 (16) Cretin-Derham Hall 396 (17) Willmar 421 (18) Wahpeton 448 (19) Rocori 498 (20) St. Michael-Albertville 514 (21) Marshall 522 (22) Bemidji 579 (23) St. Louis Park 595 (24) Fergus Falls 755 (25) Red Wing 782

Individual

TOP FIVE -- (1) Jamie Piepenberg, Alx, 14:30 (2) Laura Docherty, CDH, 14:34 (3) Katie Moraczewski, WBL, 14:51 (4) Erica Sedenkranz, Monti, 14:56 (5) Malnay Andekar, SM, 14:57

WILLMAR -- (37) Jayne Cole 15:55 (76) Marin Hanson 16:32 (81) Emily Ellingson 16:36 (102) Erin Sheehan 16:58 (125) Gabi Engelkes 17:28 (140) Jackie Johnson 17:50 (144) Danielle Erickson 17:54

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