RAHS cross country set sights on state

Brian Meyers
sports writer

The Roseville Area High School girls cross country team has qualified for the last four state meets and looks to make it five in a row when it runs in the state qualifier this week. Both RAHS varsity cross country teams will be trying to get to state when they participate in the Section 4AA meet on Wednesday at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.

Roseville’s girls squad is one of two ranked teams from the section. The Raiders were ranked 11th in last week’s coaches poll and were joined in the top 12 by No. 2 East Ridge. The top two finishing teams in each section advance to state.

The last time Roseville’s girls team failed to advance to state was in 2008, the year that three Raiders were disqualified when eyeliner they used to paint a star around one eye ran in the rain. Had the disqualifications not occurred, the team still would’ve missed state because it was in third place in the standings.

Individually, senior Caroline Brisbois is Roseville’s lone ranked individual. She sat at No. 7 last week.

The girls enter the section meet fresh off a third-place performance at the Suburban East Conference championships last week. East Ridge claimed the team title, Forest Lake was second and Roseville took third, 47 points behind East Ridge and nine back of Forest Lake.

Brisbois was Roseville’s top individual. Her time of 14:11 over the 4,000-meter course at Falcon Ridge Golf Course in Stacy, Minn., placed her third overall. The rest of Roseville’s top five consisted of freshman Naomi Boehm (16th place), sophomore Lindsey Lee (17th), seventh-grader Adriana Barnes (19th) and Emmy Inwards (23rd).

East Ridge had the top two individuals and its top five runners finished in the top 12.

Roseville’s boys team is trying to snap a two-year state-less streak. The Raiders most-recent trip to state was in 2010 when they finished runner-up to Stillwater in the Section 4AA meet.

Stillwater is the heavy favorite in Section 4AA again this week. The Ponies have qualified for state the past four seasons and last week claimed the Suburban East Conference championship with a dominating performance.

Roseville finished eighth at the SEC meet, behind five teams that also compete in Section 4AA.

The Raiders’ top individual at the conference meet was sophomore Collin Kiley, who finished 15th overall with a 5,000-meter time of 16:26. Junior Josh Christiansen (43rd), sophomore Haruhi Shimasaki (45th), senior Dan Wahlstedt (52nd) and junior Hans Knutson (54th) rounded out Roseville’s top five.

The qualifiers from this week’s section meets advance to the state meet on Nov. 2 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

Concordia Academy

The Beacons competed in the Tri-Metro Conference cross country meet on Oct. 15. The boys team placed ninth out of 10 teams while the girls team was incomplete and didn’t appear in the team standings.

Leading the Concordia boys team was Joseph Vallin, who completed the 5,000-meter course at Battle Creek Park in St. Paul in 18:07.5 and finished 26th overall. Concordia’s girls team had only four girls compete and five are needed to generate a qualifying team score. Danica White paced the Beacons with a time of 18:10.7 over the 4,000 meters. She finished 55th overall.

Next up for Concordia is the Section 4A state qualifier on Oct. 24 at Battle Creek.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com.


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