Oct. 3: I- 90 Invitational
Girls 1st, Boys 4th
On Thursday, October 3, the Belle Plaine Cross Country team competed at the I-90 invitational hosted by Fairmont High School at Cedar Creek Park in Fairmont.
This was BPXC’s first race of the season with cool fall weather and very low humidity. The cooler temperatures, flat course and hard work of the athletes contributed to breakthrough races with several lifetime PRs. The I-90 Invitational consists of two mega heats of both the varsity and junior varsity teams.
First to hit the course was the girls’ combined team. Belle Plaine’s McKenna Herrmann and Fairmont’s Laura Thompson and Macy Hanson created the lead pack. However, not far behind were Belle Plaine’s next seven runners who had created their own race pack, competing tightly together until the final quarter mile sprint.
McKenna Herrmann finished third overall with a season PR of 19:33, right behind the first and second place Fairmont girls. Less than a minute later, Belle Plaine’s race pack of 7 pushed each other to the finish line. 8th grader Belle Jeurissen finished 9th with a lifetime PR of 20:23. 8th grader Aly Jeurissen placed 10th with a lifetime PR of 20:25. Junior Savanna DeYoung placed 11th with a lifetime PR of 20:26. Sophomore Malina Koepp followed closely behind her, placing 13th with a season PR of 20:34. Freshman Mackenzie Murphy placed 15th with a lifetime PR of 20:41. BPXC’s seventh varsity runner Lizzy Schmidt not only finished 17th with a season PR of 20:46 but she beat Fairmont’s third varsity runner to the finish line.
Sophomore Sydney Weiland finished 20th overall with a lifetime PR of 21:05. As she was BPXC’s eighth runner to cross the line, she became the first Junior Varsity runner to finish, earning her the title of the 2019 I-90 Girls’ JV Champion. This is the fourth year in a row that a BPXC girl JV runner has earned this title. Weiland now joins teammates Alaina Herrmann in 2016, Savanna DeYoung in 2017 and Kalina Wolf in 2018 in receiving the I-90 title.
Overall, BPXC took first place, besting host team Fairmont.
The boys’ combined team also had a great showing with many personal records. Senior Drew Hasting had a quick start off the gun, sprinting the initial straightway before settling in the blistering pace of the lead pack. This group of boys covered the 5k in just over 16 minutes.
Drew Hastings was the 5th finisher with a time of 16:25, which averages to be 5:17 per mile. Next in for BPXC was freshman Emmett Gerres who received a medal for 10th place and a lifetime PR of 16:52. Senior Ben Hunsader placed 23rd with a season PR of 17:43. Sophomore Kevin He placed 54th with a lifetime PR of 19:06. Sophomore Adam Stiemke took 55th place with a lifetime PR of 19:10. Junior Tanner Witt placed 60th with a lifetime PR of 19:24. Austin Eyrich rounded out BPXC’s varsity runners with a 62nd place finish and a lifetime PR of 19:26.
Keeping their times under 20 minutes, Seniors Connor Mulroy and Avery Mohlin were the first to finish on BPXC’s JV team, placing 68th at 19:49 and 72nd at 19:58, respectively.
The boys’ BPXC team placed 4th overall, bringing home the coveted prize of a bag of Honeycrisp apples.
2019 BPHS Girls’/Boys’
Cross Country Teams’ Results and Schedule
Aug. 27 - Mankato East - Girls 1st, Boys 2nd
Sept. 5 - Tri-City United Invite - Girls 3rd, Boys 10th
Sept. 10 - NYA Invitational- Girls 1st, Boys 6th
Sept. 17 - Crown College - Girls 6th, Boys 9th
Sept. 21 - Winona - Girls 3rd, Boys 8th
Sept. 24 - Bloomington Jefferson Invite - Girls 5th, Boys 9th
Oct. 1 - 4:00 p.m.@ Le Sueur/Henderson (canceled)
Oct. 3 - Fairmont I-90 Invite - Girls 1st, Boys 4th
Oct. 15 - 3:30 p.m.@ Conference Tournament, Montgomery