Knights, Mustangs compete at state cross country meet

The high school cross country season came to a close on Saturday as four races were run at the state meet in Northfield. Irondale and Mounds View had entries in both Class AA contests.

Mounds View's boys team finished at the top of the second division of teams with its ninth-place finish. The Mustangs' top five runners amassed 253 points, which left them 16 points behind eighth-place Prior Lake and two points ahead of 10th-place Lakeville North.

Mounds View's top five runners were seniors Alex Plasencia and Harrison Hirsch, sophomores David Dahl and Joey Lawson and junior Tim Pease. Plasencia led the Mustangs with a 77th-place finish overall and was 36th among runners from state-qualifying teams.

Sophomore Anders Bandt and senior Hans Adamsson also ran in the state meet for Mounds View.

Competing in the boys race for Irondale was junior McEwan Rodefeld, who finished 96th overall in his first appearance at state.

Irondale also had a runner in the girls’ race. Senior Danielle Franke, also running in her first state meet, closed out her prep cross country career with a 135th-place finish.

One runner who has quite a few more shots at running at state is Mounds View's Morgan Dahl. Just an eighth grader, Dahl finished 139th in her first crack at the state meet.

Alexandria senior Bethany Hasz claimed the Class AA girls individual title by edging her twin sister Megan by less than four seconds. The Class AA girls team championship went to Edina, whose four fastest runners finished in the top 12.

Hopkins claimed the team title for the boys as its five point-scoring runners finished no lower than 12. The individual championship also went to the Lake Conference as Wayzata senior Jaret Carpenter out-dueled runner-up Micah Mather of St. Paul Highland Park.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


Class AA state cross country meet

Boys - Team scores
1 — Hopkins                34
2 — Minneapolis Washburn        67
3 — Stillwater                87
4 — Bemidji                155
5 — Rochester Century        192
6 — Willmar                196
7 — Centennial            198
8 — Prior Lake            237
9 — Mounds View            253
10 — Lakeville North            255
11 — White Bear Lake            255
12 — Elk River            273
13 — Rosemount            280
14 — Chanhassen            316
15 — Duluth East            318
16 — Shakopee            334

Girls - Team scores
1 — Edina                68
2 — Marshall                76
3 — Willmar                119
4 — Wayzata                152
5 — Forest Lake            201
6 — Red Wing            207
7 — Shakopee                220
8 — Farmington            238
9 — Alexandria            247
10 — Roseville            252
11 — Eastview            266
12 — Duluth East            273
13 — East Ridge            277
14 — White Bear Lake            292
15 — St. Michael-Albertville        303
16 — Anoka                336

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