Gerres, Steimke qualify as individuals

Things played out almost to script at last Tuesday’s Section 2A Cross Country Meet.

Different this year were that teams raced in flights of four, instead of one large group. Teams were “seeded” and paired with those most comparable in pace, and the results tallied after each of the flights were complete.

The BPHS girls earned a fifth-consecutive trip to state, winning the Section 2A championship with 56 team points, ahead of second place Glencoe-Silver Lake’s 70.

Head coach Steve Schroeder indicated that the Section 2A meet is the official end of the Minnesota State High School League’s cross country season but did say that the team can compete in a “club state meet” on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The entire girls team will be joined by Emmett Gerres and junior Adam Steimke from the Belle Plaine boys’ team.

 Gerres earned his second trip to state by finishing second overall, and Steimke’s 13th place finish was also a state qualifier.

The BPHS boys narrowly missed qualifying as a team. St. James was the runaway winner with 53 points, Glencoe-Silver Lake second with 120, and Belle Plaine third with 124.

Belle Plaine actually defeated G-SL 54-55 in its four-team flight with St. James, Belle Plaine, G-SL, and LCWM-Nicollet. But when the results were added from the other 15 teams and 100 runners, GS-L held a narrow advantage.

Four Tiger girls earned all-section honors. Savanna DeYoung finished fourth in 20 minutes and 42 seconds. Mackenzie Murphy (9th, 21:40), Malina Koepp (12th, 21:44), and Belle Jeurissen (14th, 21:49) also earned all-section.

Schroeder praised the senior leadership of DeYoung and Lizzy Schmidt.

“They have been outstanding leaders … over their career and as captains for the last two seasons,” Schroeder said. “Each worked incredibly hard during this offseason to be top performers for the team.”

Schmidt finished 21st in 22:05 and Sydney Weiland 22nd in 22:12.

Cassidy DeYoung, an eighth-grader, finished 17th in 21:51. It was just her fourth 5k race.

The Tiger alternates were sophomores Sydney Hartman and Ella Schmidt.

Claire Fischer of Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s/Sleepy Eye/NUC was the girls champion in 19:56.

Gerres continued to impress for the Tiger boys.

“Gerres has had a very impressive season,” Schroeder said of Emmett Gerres, a sophomore. Gerres finished second in 17:08.

The boys Section 2A champion was Caleb Rivera of St. James, who finished in 16:34.

Steimke, a junior, finished 13th in 18:22, earning the last qualifying spot to the state meet.

Samual Van Zummeren was 18th in 18:32 and was followed by Kevin He (18th, 19:30), Tanner Witt (53rd, 19:55), Nehemiah Juaire (62nd, 20:08), and Gunnar Geisler (93rd, 21:27).

Junior Austin Eyrich and freshman Ezra Fahey were alternates for the Tiger boys.

It was the closest the BPHS boys have ever come to qualifying for the state meet.

2020 BPHS Girls/Boys Cross Country Teams Results and Schedule

Aug. 27 - NYA

Girls 1st, Boys 1st

Sept. 3 - LSH and SE

Girls 1st, Boys 1st

Sept. 10 -  Multiple schools      

Girls 1st, Boys 1st

Sept. 17 - TCU and SE

Girls 1st, Boys 1st

Sept. 24 - LSH and TCU

Girls 1st, Boys 1st

Oct. 1 - TCU and LSH

Girls 1st, Boys 1st

Oct. 8 - SWC and SE

Girls 1st, Boys 2nd

Section 2A Meet

Oct. 13 - LCWM, St. James, and G-SL   Girls 1st, Boys 3rd

Oct. 31 - Club State Meet

Minnesota River Conference Cross Country Teams Final Standings


Belle Plaine ........................16


Southwest Christian ...........92

Tri-City United .................106

NYA Central .....................124

Sibley East .......................133


Belle Plaine ........................46

NYA Central .......................49

Southwest Christian ...........55

Sibley East .........................68

Tri-City United .................125

LeSueur-Henderson .........167

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