The MSHSL Cross Country Championship Meet took place at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2.
Girls’ Team - 14th place
The girls’ race began at 1 p.m. with the air temp at 32 degrees and with the lead runners setting a very fast pace of a 5:28 mile. The BPXC girls followed in a tight pack being swept in with the fast pace of the race, which proved to be detrimental to two of the top leaders as one runner collapsed after the second mile and another slowed to a 9 minute mile in her final mile.
Morgan Gehl of Murray County Central held on to the fast pace finishing the course in 17:54. Senior McKenna Herrmann finished 77th with a 20:25. She ends her high school career as BPXC’s fastest female 5K runner. She owns the school’s 5K record of 19:24 and has competed in the state meet four years in a row.
Junior Savanna DeYoung, in her third year representing BPXC at state, placed 107th with 20:49; sophomore Malina Koepp, in her fourth state appearance, placed 121st with a 21:19:1; and 8th grader Aly Jeurissen, in her first state appearance, finished 122nd with a 21:19:6. Sophomore Sydney Weiland, in her second state appearance, placed 127th with 21:24; 8th grader Belle Jeurissen, in her first state appearance, placed 142nd with a time of 21:47; and freshman Mackenzie Murphy, in her first state appearance, placed 143rd at 21:48.
The BPXC girls’ team scored a final score of 280 to earn the title of 14th overall fastest team in the Class A.
Individual Boys - 47th, 61st
With the cloud cover remaining and the wind picking up, the boys’ race was no warmer at 2 p.m. and started off as predicted with Geno Uhrbom of Greenway/Nashwauk/Keewatin leading to defend his Class A title. Uhrbom completed the course unchallenged in 15:27 to claim his 2019 championship title.
Belle Plaine senior Drew Hastings started with the lead pack holding throughout the majority of the course. With the chase pack making a collective surge in the final mile, Drew’s final placement was 47th overall with a time of 16:55. Hastings finishes his high school career as BPXC’s fastest male 5K runner, holding the school record of 16:12 and having been the only male runner to make a state appearance three times.
Freshman Emmett Gerres, at his first state appearance, worked to stay in the chase pack and manage his race pace. He placed 61st overall in class A with a time of 17:08 and is the youngest male 5K runner to make a state appearance for BPXC.
Still Competing - in SD
Thirty-six members of the BPXC team will be traveling to the Nike Cross 5K Regional Championship in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Sunday, November 10. They will be representing BPXC Track Club and competing against some of the best runners and teams from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Wisconsin.
2019 BPHS Girls’/Boys’ Cross Country Teams’ Results
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. 8 - Blue Earth Challenge - Girls 1st, Boys 2nd
Oct. 15 - Conference Tournament, Montgomery-Girls 2nd, Boys 3rd
Oct. 24 - Section 2A Meet, Blue Earth - Girls 1st, Boys 4th
Nov. 2 - MSHSL Championship Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield - Girls 14th; Hastings 47th, Gerres - 61st