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8-2A CROSS COUNTRY: Warrior girls fifth, boys 12th in section LF’s Zimny qualifies for state

COLD SPRING — The Brainerd girls finished fifth and the boys 12th in the Section 8-2A meet Thursday in what Warriors coach Dave Herath described as one of the fastest sections in the state.

The Little Falls girls finished in eighth place and the Flyer boys came in 11th, led by Preston Zimny who crossed the line fourth 16:17 and qualified for the Class 2A state meet Nov. 5 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

The top two teams and top 10 individuals advance.

The Warrior girls were led by sophomore Sarah Yeh who narrowly missed advancing to state with a 12th-place finish in 15:17. She was followed by Alli Kosobud (20), Michaela Quast (25), Maria West (26), Lydia Herath (45), Sarah Fairbanks (47) and Abby Selisker (54).

“It was an amazingly fast girls field,” Dave Herath said. “We ran better than we did last year when we finished runner-up.

“Arguably, the girls were in the fastest section in the state. The top 10 girls all finished under 15 minutes — I’ve never heard of that, at least not until today.”

Alexandria’s Jamie Piepenburg won the race with a time of 14:04.

“Sarah Yeh dropped 30 seconds from her (previous) best time and Maria West and Sarah Fairbanks did about the same,” Dave Herath said.

Riley Nelsen led the Brainerd boys, crossing the line in 17:21 for 26th place. He was followed by Gerrit Garberich (51), Justin Warling (60), Zean Baker (65) and Conner Gunsbury (89).

“Hopefully, this gets us going to shoot for an even higher place next year,” said Herath. “We only graduate Michaela on the girls team and Riley on the boys.”

Mattia Hendrickson led the Little Falls girls, finishing 15th with a time of 15:18.

Boys team scores: 1- Moorhead 52, 2-Willmar 87, 3-Sartell 107, 4-Bemidji 114, 5-Monticello 136, 6-Alexandria 146, 7-Fergus Falls 202, 8-Detroit Lakes 206, 9-Thief River Falls 254, 10-St. Cloud Tech 265, 11-Little Falls 271, 12-Brainerd 291, 13-Rocori 293, 14-St. Cloud Apollo 416, 15-Sauk Rapids 462, 16-Becker 484

Individual winner: Glen Ellingson (Moorhead) 15:57

Brainerd results: 26-Riley Nelsen 17:21, 51-Gerrit Garberich 17:53, 60-Justin Warling 18:04, 65-Zean Baker 18:13, 89-Conner Gunsbury 18:51, 91-Nick Schwen 18:58, 93-Justin Kuglin 19:04

Little Falls results: 4-Preston Zimny 16:17, 57-Daniel Mushel 18:01, 59-Sebastian Sowada 18:02, 77-Frank Wilczek 18:18, 79-Matthew Massmann 18:28, 87-Nathan Almen 18:43, 92-Cameron Smith 18:59

Girls team scores: 1-Monticello 49, 2-Alexandria 85, 3-Moorhead 95, 4-Willmar 126, 5-Brainerd 130, 6-Bemidji 164, 7-Sartell 204, 8-Little Falls 213, 9-Fergus Falls 225, 10-Rocori 260, 11-Detroit Lakes 337, 12-Becker 355, 13-Thief River Falls 359, 14-St. Cloud Apollo 380, 15-St. Cloud Tech 405, 16-Sauk Rapids 470

Individual winner: Jamie Piepenburg (Alex) 14:04

Brainerd results: 14-Sarah Yeh 15:17, 20-Alli Kosobud 15:35, 25-Michaela Quast 15:45, 26-Maria West 15:47, 45-Lydia Herath 16:22, 47-Sarah Fairbanks 16:25, 54-Abby Selisker 16:34

Little Falls results: 15-Mattia Hendrickson 15:18, 43-Heidi Moe 16:19, 44-Laura Moe 16:21, 46-Lauren Zimny 16:24, 65-Maria Hauer 16:57, 75-Jenna Turner 17:16, 76-Alexyss Corpus 17:17

Next: State meet, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Class 2A girls 10 a.m., Class 2A boys 11 a.m., Nov. 5.