Aug. 27: Mankato East Invite - Girls 1st, Boys 2nd
The state-caliber Belle Plaine High School cross country team came out for their inaugural race with intensity and made themselves known among the top place finishers.
Senior McKenna Herrmann led the Belle Plaine pack, and in fact, the entire field of runners at the Mankato East Invite, by clocking a 20:14.
Two Mankato East runners filed in after Herrmann, and close behind were a pair of Tigers who pushed each other until the end.
In fourth place, Lizzy Schmidt ran a 21:47, and not far behind was Malina Koepp with a 21:52.
Belle Plaine sophomore Sydney Weiland finished ninth with a 22:12, just a shade behind Ava Matejcek out of Mankato East.
Savanna DeYoung was in sight in 10th place with a time of 22:19, rounding off the scoring finishes for Belle Plaine.
In the mix for Belle Plaine were Belle Jeurissen and Mackenzie Murphy who finished 12th and 13th, respectively.
Showing composure, eighth-grader Aly Jeurissen finished in the upper portion of the field at 15th with a time of 23:23.
All told, the Tigers with 27 points edged out a win over Mankato by three points. Belle Plaine’s upper cluster of runners proved to be insurmountable for the Cougars who fell off after their fourth runner.
The Tigers clustered toward the middle-top portion of the field, but Mankato East’s upper group could not be caught for the most part.
For the Tigers, at 17:33, Drew Hastings took second place to fellow senior, Jett Oachs, who ran a formidable 16:55.
Tiger freshman Emmett Gerres showed he belonged with the best in sixth place with a time of 18:37.
A cluster of East runners took most finishes between 7th and 12th place.
Belle Plaine senior Ben Hunsader closed off the top pack with a 19:26, and Tiger sophomore Kevin He took 18th at 20:29.
Adam Stiemke, a sophomore for Belle Plaine, took 20th at 20:36, rounding off the scoring finishes for Belle Plaine.
Avery Mohlin, Connor Mulroy and Tanner Witt weren’t far behind at 25th, 26th and 28th places, respectively.
St. Olaf High School Showcase
In one of the largest meets of the year, the teams squared off against a field of 1400 athletes from all over the state.
The girls placed 17th out of 34 teams and 3rd in their division; the boys took 31st out of 39 and 6th in their division.
2019 BPHS Girls’/Boys’ Cross Country Teams’ Results and Schedule
Aug. 27 - Mankato East - Girls 1st, Boys 2nd
Sept. 5 - 4:15 p.m.@ Tri-City United Invite
Sept. 17 - 4:00 p.m.@ Crown College
Sept. 21 - 3:30 p.m.@Winona
Sept. 24 - 4:25/4:50 p.m. @ Bloomington Jefferson Invite
Oct. 1 - 4:00 p.m.@ Le Sueur/Henderson
Oct. 3 - 4:30 p.m.@ Fairmont Invite (Cedar Creek)
Oct. 15 - 3:30 p.m.@ Conference Tournament