Five cross country runners from Belle Plaine High School competed on a snow and mud covered course

Five cross country runners from Belle Plaine High School competed on a snow and mud covered course at the USATF MN XC Championship race held at Lake Elmo Preserve on Sunday, Nov. 15.

On Sunday, Nov. 15, five of Belle Plaine High School's cross country runners competed for BPXC Track Club at the USATF MN XC Championship race held at Lake Elmo Preserve.

The majority of the trail had the student athletes running up and down hills through the woods. Most of the course was covered in snow and mud with several icy patches giving the high school runners a different challenge than what they would typically run in during their regular high school season.

First to race for BPXC Track Club were 8th grader Cassidy DeYoung, freshman Belle Jeurissen, and freshman Aly Jeurissen. They competed in the 13 to 14-year-old age group which runs a 4k distance. Cassidy finished 4th overall with a time of 17:48. Belle fi nished 6th with a time of 17:56, and Aly finished 9th with a time of 20:28.

The next heat was the 5k for boys ages 15 and 16. Junior Adam Stiemke finished 10th with a time of 20:24 and junior Kevin He finished 12th with a time of 21:57.

Senior Savanna DeYoung was the last to compete for BPXC Track Club. She competed in the 5k for girls ages 17 and 18. She finished 3rd in her age group with a time of 21:34.

This is Savanna DeYoung's final cross country race representing Belle Plaine. She had a six-year cross country career, spending the last four years on varsity and participating on the state meet team the past four years.

This year DeYoung established herself as the girls' team MVP, claiming the MRC Champion Title and placing 4th overall at the Section 2A Championship, where the girls' team won their Section 2A title. Her cross country career will continue next year when she will be running NCAA D2 at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. 

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