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Cross Country: LQPV/DB girls 2nd at Class A meet

Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd junior Alaysia Freetly, right, at 2,500 meters, here in stride with Mora freshman Brook Wedin, led the Section 3A champions to second place in her fourth State meet Saturday in Northfield. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

NORTHFIELD — It’s not that the Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd cross country program doesn’t have state medals to show for its efforts.

Carrie Tollefson won five straight individual championships 1990-94 (two in Class AA) and Nikki Swenson was twice champion and twice runner-up 2003-06.

But there had never been a team trophy — until Saturday.

The girls team composed of Blackjacks and Eagles from the adjoining school districts took second place in Class A.

It was the 22nd running on the lower grounds of St. Olaf College.

“I think we were underrated,” said Kelly Kvaal, the team’s No. 2 runner.

Indeed. Sixth-rated, the Section 3A champs surpassed everyone but Annandale, which logged 85 points to 113 for the runners-up.

“We felt Annandale was out of reach, but thought we could finish as high as second if everything fell into place,” said John Shrub, a Madison native who has helmed the program since 1997.

It’s a team with a future. Alaysia Freetly, a junior, ran 22nd overall. Then, in a three-pack starting at 24th place came freshman Sadie Thompson, sophomore Kvaal and freshman Sydney Bartunek. Seventh grader Grace Heglund came in 32nd.

Conditions were near ideal for the 800 runners who competed in the races. Crowds were huge, as usual, voicing encouragement for even the last runners in each field.

Among Class A individuals, senior Savannah Ramirez earned All-State honors a second year in a row with an 18th place. Freetly also is All-State. Bethany Rosemeier of Benson/KMS placed 26th missing out on an All-State certificate by one place and two-tenths of a second.

Class A


Team leaders

(1) Perham 52 (2) Mounds Park Academy 111 (3) St. Cloud Cathedral 145 (4) Minnehaha Academy 149 (5) Martin County West 179


TOP FIVE — (1) Keegan Hurley, Perham, 15:36 (2) Shane Streich, Waseca, 15:50 (3) Ian Torchia, Rochester Lourdes, 15:56 (4) Isaac Overmyer, Park Rapids, 16:00 (5) Jayden Cullen, Perham, 16:09

AREA — (35) Kurt TeBeest, Montevideo, 17:08 (40) Ben Burgett, Community Christian, 17:10 (52) Jacob Carroll, Yellow Medicine East, 17:18 (56) Aaron Goulet, Morris Area, 17:20 (84) Joe Varpness, Montevideo, 17:38.0 (85) Zaccary Enevoldsen, Montevideo, 17:38.9 (151) John Wagner, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, 18:42


Team leaders

(1) Annandale 85 (2) Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 113 (3) Perham 138 (4) Waseca 144 (5) Holy Family Catholic 154


TOP FIVE — (1) Emi Trost, Cannon Falls, 14:40 (2) Mary Naas, St. Paul Academy/Summit, 14:50 (3) Becca Wilkin, Trinity, 14:52 (4) Liz Schlafke, Annandale, 14:53 (5) Courtney Alama, Annandale, 14:56

AREA — (18) Savannah Ramirez, Litchfield, 15:25 (26) Bethany Rosemeier, Benson/KMS, 15:32 (39) Promise Butler, Paynesville, 15:47 (42) Claire Sulflow, Montevideo, 15:49 (48) Ali McGraw, Litchfield, 15:53

LQPV/DB (by team points) — (6) Alaysia Freetly 15:29 (24) Sadie Thompson 15:59 (25) Kelly Kvaal 16:00 (26) Sydney Bartunek 16:02 (32) Grace Hegland 16:09 (46) Jordyn Sterud 16:19 (50) Sydney Giese 16:25

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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