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State Cross-Country: Anderson finished third, Cards grab 2 top 10s

Staples-Motley's Emmet Anderson finishes strong at the State Class A cross-country running meet Saturday, Nov. 3, in Northfield. Bill Johnson / Picture Day Pro!1 / 2
Staples-Motley's Kyanna Burton (852) competes in the State Class A cross-country running meet Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Bill Johnson / Picture Day Pro!2 / 2

For the first 2 miles, Emmet Anderson was there.

Mile 3, however, belonged to Geno Uhrbom of Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, who captured the Class 1A individual title with a winning time of 15:38.0, while Anderson placed third Saturday, Nov. 3, at the State Cross-Country Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

Anderson kept pace for the first 2 miles running a 4:49 first mile to Uhrbom's 4:49. Anderson was clocked at 10:00 after mile 2. He was sitting tied for third with Uhrbom clocking a 9:49. The Cardinals Sophomore crossed the finish line in 16:07.5 to lead the Cardinals to seventh place as a team.

"Emmet ran up there to get with Geno and then kind of bonked and fell back," S-M head coach Bruce Fuhrman said. "He tried to, but Geno looked solid. He looked. Emmet fell back quite a ways and then worked his way back up to third."

The Cardinals girls team finished fifth and were led by seventh-grader Kyanna Burton, who finished 19th overall with an all-state time of 19:27.4.

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State Cross-Country

  • Team highlight: Both Cardinal teams landed in the top 10
  • Individual highlight: Three area runners earned All-State honors

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"In the last three weeks, she's been working on front-running and she's going to be a front-runner for us I think in the future," Fuhrman said. "You could see the motivation was there for her to run up there. She ran up there with Kira (Sweeney) and Kira had fallen down somewhere in the hills and got behind a little bit. But Kyanna had already passed her by then. She's got a lot of talent."

Kira Sweeney finished 38th followed by Ashley Robbin in 44th, Addison Lorber in 88th and Addysin Chichos in 149th.

"I think there was a lot of jitters for this group because they are so young, but we were focused," Fuhrman said. "We were in Lane One and we had a really good start. Our kids shot right up to the front third and didn't get boxed in at that first corner. They ran really competitively. Ashley Robbin is one that really stood out. She really improved throughout these last two or three meets. She's going to be an asset for the next few years. She's only an eighth-grader."

S-M's Hunter Klimek also earned all-state honors as he finished 17th overall. The top 25 runners earn all-state designation. Klimek ran a 16:32.5. Bentley Christensen finished 98th and Tanner Robben placed 108th.

"Hunter looked solid and good, "Fuhrman said. "It's a pretty good lift for him going into next season. He was excited for how well things went for him this season.

"As a team, we're happy with where we were at. We're pretty satisfied with that."

Calia Chaney of Pequot Lakes ran a 32nd-place 19:46.4.

Pierz's Carrissa Andres ran to 60th place in her first state appearance. Her male counterpart Jake Andres finished 67th.

Wadena-Deer Creek's Bereket Loer ran a 76th place time of 17:14.4.

"I think we're pretty satisfied with our season," Fuhrman said. "The kids worked hard throughout the summer. They came in in shape and wanting to win meets and we won a handful of them. We were competitive in all of them. The boys were competitive all season and the girls had a late surge to the season and really put together some spectacular races at the end."

Boys results

Team scores: 1-Perham 64, 2-West Central 140, 3-Mora 161, 4-Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 170, 5-Nova Classical Academy 183, 6-East Grand Forks 201, 7-Staples-Motley 209, 8-Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 212, 9-North Shore 215, 10-Plainview-Elgin-Millville 217, 11-St. James 225, 12-Mankato Loyola/Cleveland 237, 13-Minnehaha Academy 268, 14-Heritage Christian 280, 15-Lake City 300, 16-Redwood Valley 329

Individual winner: Geno Uhrbrom (Greenway) 15:38.0

Crosby-Ironton results: 104-Tucker Ringhand 17:31.1

Pierz results: 67-Jake Andrews 17:09.1

Staples-Motley results: 3-Emmet Anderson 16:07.5, 17-Hunter Klimek 16:32.5, 98-Bentley Christensen 17:27.1, 108-Tanner Robben 17:33.3, 147-Ben Bartozak 18:04.9, 151-Luke Brownell 18:07.9, 152-Jack Tyrrell 18:13.3

Wadena-Deer Creek results: 76-Bereket Loer 17:14.4, 96-Lucas Hinojos

Girls results

Team scores: 1-Perham 94, 2-Howard Lake-Waverly 99, 3-Cotter 140, 4-Luverne 147, 5-Staples-Motley 176, 6-Lake City 198, 7-Mesabi East 219, 8-Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 221, 9-West Central 229, 10-Providence Academy 255, 11-Jordan 267, 12-Belle Plaine 277, 13-Glenco-Silver Lake 281, 14-East Grand Forks 290, 15-North Shore 291, 16-The Blake School 310

Individual winner: Grace Ping (Cotter) 17:19.4

Pequot Lakes results: 32-Calia Chaney 19:46.2, 90-Rian Zutter 20:34.3

Pierz results: 60-Carissa Andres 20:06.5

Staples-Motley results 19-Kyanna Burton 19:27.4, 38-Kira Sweeney 19:51.8, 44-Ashley Robben 19:57.2, 88-Addison Lorber 20:34.1, 149-Addysin Chichos 22:01.1, 174-Abby Brown 24:03.5, 175-Madysen Hull 24:21.6

Wadena-Deer Creek results: 76-Abby Motschenbacher 20:19.3

Jeremy Millsop

My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University. My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.

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