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Willmar girls, LQPV/DB boys take fourth at state

Willmar's Nina Dawson tries to race past competitors in Saturday's Class AA state cross country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Jake Schultz / Tribune1 / 10
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Willmar's Heidi Schmitz runs the final 400 meters of the Class AA State cross county meet Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Jake Schultz / Tribune4 / 10
Willmar's Muyhadin Mohamed takes a corner in Saturday's Class AA state cross country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Jake Schultz / Tribune5 / 10
Members of Willmar's girls cross country team pose for a photo after Saturday's Class AA state cross country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Jake Schultz / Tribune6 / 10
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Willmar's Mason Wendt eyes an opening in Saturday's Class AA state cross country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Jake Schultz / Tribune8 / 10
Willmar's Heidi Schmitz runs up one of the hills with a bevy of competitors in Saturday's Class AA state cross country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Jake Schultz / Tribune9 / 10
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NORTHFIELD — Plenty of people spent Saturday getting their last outdoor runs of the fall and that's exactly what dozens of area athletes did as well. They just happened to do it faster.

Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd's Keiser Freetly took fifth place and Willmar's Heidi Schmitz took 11th place to help guide their respective teams to fourth place finishes at the Class A and AA meets, respectively, Saturday morning at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The Cardinals finished with 144 points behind Wayzata (51), Edina (72) and St. Michael-Albertville (102). Schmitz crossed the finish line in 18:26.0 to earn All-State honors.

"It's overwhelming but a lot of fun," said Schmitz, who participated in the state meet for the fourth year in a row. "I'm really proud of the girls. It was the first really big cross country race for a lot of our team and it's just great to do so well after graduating so many people last year."

Jessa Hanson, Sophie Schmitz, Kayla Rudie and Savannah Anez make up four of the top Cardinal runners in recent history and they all graduated last year, making openings for plenty of fresh faces. All seven Willmar girls runners are underclassmen.

Cardinal head coach Jerry Popp also said he was proud of the way the girls team ran the race and thinks this year could be an important stepping stone for the future.

"The girls had a really, really good race," Popp said. "To have Heidi in the top-12 is a big deal and we had a lot of other girls that were right there, too. I think we would have needed every runner to have personal best times today to take third so I'm happy with fourth place. They competed really well. It's a great experience for everyone because they know what it's like now."

Though the Willmar boys, who took 12th Saturday, and girls teams have a long history at the state meet, many of the runners this year experienced the chaos for the first time Saturday. Four runners from each team competed in the meet for the first time.

Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd had a strong showing from the boys and girls divisions in the Class A meet. Freetly led the boys with a time of 16:04.8, ahead of teammate Mike Kvaal took 36th place, crossing the finish line at 16:57.3 for LQPV/DB to help his team get 172 points, three points ahead of North Shore. The LQPV/DB girls took 10th place with 257 points, led by Jordyn Sterud who took 30th place individually. Perham won the Class A boys and girls race with 118 points and 86 points, respectively.

"I ran pretty well," Freetly said of his last high school race for LQPV/DB. "I wish it would have been a bit better but it was a tough race with some really great runners."

The experience should be good for LQPV/DB down the road, as well. Though Freetly and Stephen Martin will graduate at the end of the year, many of their teammates were able to experience the state tournament for the first time.

"A lot of the guys showed up and their eyes got all big because there's so many people," Freetly said. "The atmosphere isn't like any other race we go to but I try to tell them it's just like any other race."

Benson/KMS's Jonathan Tostenson also made a top-50 finish, taking 49th place with a time of 17:11.1.

Class AA State Meet

Boys

Team scoring

(1) Wayzata 37 (2) Stillwater 79 (3) Edina 107 (4) White Bear Lake 136 (5) Mounds View 193 (6) Sartell 197 (7) Red Wing 230 (8) Rosemount 238 (9) Buffalo 268 (10) Forest Lake 271 (11) Alexandria 276 (12) Willmar 277 (13) St. Michael-Albertville 281 (14) Prior Lake 303 (15) Winona 315 (16) Cloquet 413

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Khalid Hussein, Wayzata, 15:22.6 (2) Acer Iverson, Roseville, 15:31.8 (3) Luke Labatte, Rosemount, 15:40.8 (4) Tom Breuckman, Andover, 15:41.3 (5) Maxwell Manley, Edina, 15:42.4

WILLMAR — (62) Hudeife Mire 16:30.2 (73) Mason Wendt 16:37.4 (91) Aden Aden 16:48.1 (117) Fuad Bashir 16:58.8 (125) Muhyadin Mohamed 17:06.1 (148) Mateo Marin-Mera 17:25.3 (172) Cael Carlson 18:04.3

Girls

Team scoring

(1) Wayzata 51 (2) Edina 72 (3) St. Michael-Albertville 102 (4) Willmar 144 (5) Forest Lake 150 (6) Farmington 168 (7) Marshall 190 (8) Andover 218 (9) Lakeville South 254 (10) Rosemount 285 (11) White Bear Lake 290 (12) Alexandria 307 (13) Stillwater 319 (14) East Ridge 326 (15) Moorhead 359 (16) Maple Grove 368

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Emily Covert, Minneapolis Washburn, 17:30.1 (2) Anna Fenske, Farmington, 17:34.8 (3) Emma Atkinson, Wayzata, 17:57.6 (4) Emily Kompelien, Edina, 18:02.7 (5) Brianne Brewster, Lakeville South, 18:05.0

WILLMAR — (11) Heidi Schmitz 18:26.0 (36) Serena Monson 19:06.3 (39) Leah Hansen 19:10.2 (70) Addison Hogan 19:33.7 (96) Nina Dawson 19:52.4 (113) Abby Coquyt 20:07.2 (115) Elsie Duininck 20:10.2

Class A State Meet

Boys

Team scoring

(1) Perham 118 (2) St. James Area 148 (3) Mankato Loyola/Cleveland 154 (4) Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 172 (5) North Shore 175 (6) Jordan 184 (7) Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 195 (8) West Central 220 (9) La Crescent 223 (10) Staples-Motley 229 (11) Mora 247 (12) Mounds Park Academy 251 (13) Heritage Christian Academy 264 (14) Mountain Lake Area 273 (15) RAACHE 323 (16) Ada-Borup/Norman 351

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Matt Steiger, La Crescent, 15:44.8 (2) Declan Dahlberg, Mounds Park, 15:44.8 (3) Geno Uhrbom, GNK, 15:56.4 (4) Nick Meyer, Wabasha-Kellogg 15:59.2 (5) Keiser Freetly, LQPV/DB, 16:04.8

BENSON/KMS — (49) Jonathan Tostenson 17:11.1

BOLD/BLHS — (138) Nathan Frank 18:13.5

LQPV/DB — (5) Freetly (36) Mike Kvaal 16:57.3 (57) Zeke Sather 17:76.6 (116) Eean Allpress 17:51.3 (118) Mason Brehmer 17:53.5 (125) Colby Deuth 18:00.5 (131) Stephen Martin 18:04.9

MONTEVIDEO — (122) Josh Tastad 17:57.6

MORRIS/CA — (124) Tate Nelson 17:59.6

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST — (86) Rory Shackelford 17:29.8

Girls

Team scoring

(1) Perham 86 (2) Cotter 87 (3) Annandale 131 (4) Stewartville 137 (5) Fairmont 165 (6) Luverne 203 (7) Maple Lake 211 (8) Minnehaha Academy 219 (9) Jordan 238 (10) Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 257 (11) Belle Plaine 260 (12) Eden Valley-Watkins 265 (13) North Shore 266 (14) Proctor 270 (15) West Central Area 272 (16) United North Central 347

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Tierney Wolfgram, Math and Science Academy, 17:31.6 (2) Lauren Ping, Cotter, 18:19.7 (3) Grace Ping, Cotter, 18:27.5 (4) Morgan Gehl, Murray County Central, 18:35.1 (5) Tenley Nelson, Luverne, 18:50.9

LQPV/DB — (30) Jordyn Sterud 19:50.5 (63) Isabel Schirm 20:18.1 (106) Grace Hegland 20:53.6 (140) Taylor Shelstad 21:32.9 (145) Anika Fernholz 21:37.1 (162) Alex Sather 22:10.4 (170) Alex Stitt 21:11.4

MORRIS/CA — (136) Meredith Carrington 21:29.4

Jake Schultz

Jake Schultz is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune, working his first job out of college. He graduated from St. John's University (CSB/SJU) in 2016 and is a baseball fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @StJake29. 

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