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Cross Country: Rugloski, Warrior girls race to victories

PIERZ--Emily Rugloski won her second race of the season helping the Brainerd Warrior girls to the team title Monday at the Pierz Pioneers Stampede. Rugloski completed the course in 19:49.350 and the Warriors captured their third team title in fou...

Brainerd Warrior Emily Rugloski won the girls race Monday at the Pierz Pioneers Stampede. Steve Kohls/ Brainerd Dispatch Video and Gallery
Brainerd Warrior Emily Rugloski won the girls race Monday at the Pierz Pioneers Stampede. Steve Kohls/ Brainerd Dispatch Video and Gallery

PIERZ-Emily Rugloski won her second race of the season helping the Brainerd Warrior girls to the team title Monday at the Pierz Pioneers Stampede.

Rugloski completed the course in 19:49.350 and the Warriors captured their third team title in four races this season.

"Emily took the lead at the start and really held it the entire race," Warriors coach Dave Herath said. "A couple ranked Class A runners were there but she felt very comfortable and ran very much within herself.

"She looked strong. We've been working all season on her form and I think today she had the best form she's had all season. She ran a very nice race. She was about a minute faster than she was last year at this time so that bodes well."

Brainerd scored 46 points to defeat runner-up Annandale by 32 points. Following Rugloski for the Warriors were Molly Selisker in fourth place and Liliana Schaeffer in fifth.

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"We had three of the top five girls so that helps," Herath said. "Grace (Erholtz) had her fastest time of the year and we got Lili back. She has not run a meet this year. She started out pretty conservatively but ended up fifth by the end of the race. It's fun to have her back. The team dynamic has changed a little bit when you have front runners so that helps."

Pierz's Jake Andres was the top area male runner in third place. Maxim Osborne was Brainerd's fastest finisher was Maxim Osborne in 13th place. David Kelm was 17th for the fourth-place Warriors.

"All of our varsity boys had their best times ever on this course so they ran very well," Herath said. "We packed up and ended up fourth, not that far out of first.

"We're working on developing that No. 1 runner who can be in the top 10. Maxim was 13th today so we're getting closer. The pack was closer behind him and that's what we're looking for. We've got great depth, it's just moving forward in the pack. We were very happy. The boys ran and competed very well."

For C-I, Seth Lemieur was 23rd in the boys race and Arianna Lemieur 35th in the girls event.

Boys results

Team scores (18 teams): 1-Mora 98, 2-Annandale 104, 3-Big Lake 106, 4-Brainerd 122, 5-Pine City 160, 6-St. Cloud Cathedral 168, 7-Crosby-Ironton 230, 10-Pierz 281

Individual winner 1- Christopher Groth (Annandale) 16:43.520

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Brainerd results: 13-Maxim Osborne 17:50.230; 17- David Kelm 17:54.420; 26-Garrett Goeden 18:17.920; 29-Evan Storbakken 18:22.360; 37-Peyton Melby 18:31.320; 40-Hunter Turcotte 18:37.950; 49-Andrew Wasniewski 18:48.680

Crosby-Ironton results: 23- Seth Lemieur 18:09.550; 46-Caleb Bugnacki 18:43.820; 47-Griffin Severson 18:45.260; 48-Tucker Ringhand 18:46.920; 69-Sam Lemieur 19:40.680; 70-Colten Turk 19:40.920; 87-Cayden Turk 20:40.470, 105-Isaac Burley 21:37.070

Pierz results: 3- Jake Andres 17:11.420; 19- Cole Andres 17:58.420; 73-Jaden Hennen 19:48.390; 96-Simon Kroll 21:03.930; 101-William Heschke 21:19.930; 114-Bradley Pawlu 24:02.720; 120-Carson Yates 24:58.860

Girls results

Team scores (15 teams): 1-Brainerd 46, 2-Annandale 78, 3-Maple Lake 109, 4-Mora 127, 5-Albany 135, 6-Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball 151, 7-Zimmerman 167, 8-Pine City 208, 9-Crosby Ironton 229, Pierz incomplete

Individual winner: 1-Emily Rugloski (Brd) 19:49.350

Brainerd results: 1-Emily Rugloski 19:49.350; 4-Molly Selisker 20:38.440; 5-Liliana Schaeffer 20:39.450; 15-Payton Lillo 20:53.400; 21-Grace Erholtz 21:08.320; 33-Elizabeth Selisker 21:57.430

Crosby-Ironton results: 35-Arianna Lemieur 21:59.750; 36-Sarah Bostrom 22:02.230; 41-Lily Peterson 22:15.500; 49-Annie Goodwin 22:38.480; 74-Karli Nixon 24:32.960; 77-Anna Bostrom 25:04.510; 85-Ella Dwyer 25:51.810

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Pierz results: 39-Brenna Andres 22:08.410, 54-Sam Winscher 22:49.750, 96-Katie Schaefer 28:33.770

Next: Brainerd at University of Minnesota Invite 9 a.m. Saturday.

Pierz Pioneer Jake Andres finishes third at the Pierz Pioneers Stampede. Steve Kohls/ Brainerd Dispatch Video and Gallery
Pierz Pioneer Jake Andres finishes third at the Pierz Pioneers Stampede. Steve Kohls/ Brainerd Dispatch Video and Gallery

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