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Ramirez, Burgett lead area runners at Minnesota Class A cross country meet

Zac Enevoldsen and Ryan Maroney of Montevideo and Ben Burgett of Community Christian, Willmar, go out early with Section 6A champion Seth Hare of Albany on the St. Olaf athletic fields Saturday morning in Northfield. Hare finished 12th.1 / 2
The girls 4k start featured Clare Flanagan, far right, of Blake who would win her second straight Class A individual title in a 14:04.1, a sizzling finish exactly matching the Class AA winning time in 2011 posted by Maria Hauger of Shakopee when she won her third straight title. Next to Flanagan are Savannah Ramirez (7th) of Litchfield and Makenzie Smith (31st) of Morris/CA. Farther down the lanes is eighth-grader Promise Butler of Paynesville (107th).2 / 2

NORTHFIELD - Savannah Ramirez of Litchfield and Ben Burgett of Community Christian, Willmar, were the top finishers from the Tribune coverage area Saturday morning at the Class A Cross-Country meet.

Ramirez finished seventh in her third state meet dropping her time to under 15 minutes in the 4k for the first time. Burgett, a sophomore, placed 33rd in a field of 175 in the boys 5k. He chopped 30 seconds off his time of a year ago here.

Perham won the boys team title placing 5 runners in the top 12 to defeat runner-up St. Cloud Cathedral 37-72.

Three Montevideo runners in the boys race were near or below their personal bests. Zac Enevoldson placed 71, Ryan Maroney 77 and Joseph Varpness 103.

Esko took the girls trophy with the Annandale Cardinals in second. Blake School junior Clare Flanagan repeated as individual champion in a sizzling time of 14:04. Ramirez crossed the finish in 14:47, three seconds out of fifth.

Alaysia Freetly of Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd earned all-state honors placing 19th. Makenzie Smith of Morris/Chokio-Alberta finished 31st.

Conditions were cool - low 40s with a few snowflakes during the boys 10 a.m. race - but calm so an altogether pleasant morning for such an activity on what is also the opening day of the firearms deer season.

Class A

Boys Team: (1) Perham 37 (2) St. Cloud Cathedral 72 (3) Waseca 164 (4) Martin County West, Sherburn 200 (5) Cotter, Winona 200 .... (7) Redwood Valley 205 (13) Albany 260 (14) Mora 303 (16) Luverne 385

Boys Individual: (1) Matt Welch, Procter, 15:34.0 (2) Charlie Lawrence, Foley, 15:46.5 (3) Shane Streich, Waseca, 15:52.9 (4) Nick Golebiowski, St. Cloud Cathedral, 15:53.2 (5) Keeghan Hurley, Perham, 16:01.2 (33) Ben Burgett, Community Christian, 16:44.2 (71) Zac Enevoldsen, Montevideo, 17:09.8 (77) Ryan Maroney, Montevideo, 17:14.4 (87) Caleb Kragenbring, Litchfield, 17:18.9 (102) Jacob Carroll, Yellow Medicine East, 17:29.3 (103) Joseph Varpness, Montevideo, 17:29.8

Girls Team: (1) Esko 115 (2) Annandale 150 (3) Minnehaha Academy 151 (4) Waseca 157 (5) Dover-Eyota 184 ... (8) Adrian 204 (10) Holdingford 212 (11) Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI 237 (15) Albany 282

Girls Individuals: (1) Clare Flanagan, Blake, 14:04.1 (2) Emi Trost, Cannon Falls, 14:16.5 (3) McKenzie Holt, St. Cloud Christian, 14:29.8 (4) Emily Mantor, United South Central, 14:39.5 (5) Marisa Shady, Esko, 14:44.8 ... (7) Savannah Ramirez, Litchfield, 14:47.3 (19) Alaysia Freetly, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, 15:19.9 (31) Mackenzie Smith, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta, 15:32.7 (55) Kelly Kvaal, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, 15:43.7 (102) Clare Sulflow, Montevideo, 16:20.3 (107) Promise Butler, Paynesville, 16:22.8

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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