LITTLE FALLS -- Staples-Motley junior Emmet Anderson made it four-for-four in meets this year when he clocked the fastest time in the lightning delayed Lucky Lindy Meet at Little Falls Thursday, Sept. 12.

Anderson crossed the line in 16:03.3, 3.1 seconds ahead of Class 1A defending state champion Geno Uhrbom, a junior from Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin. This was the first time Anderson has gone head-to-head with Uhrbom. Hunter Klimek was third in 6:07.5 for the Cardinal boys who finished third as as team.

“Klimek was right up there with Emmet and Geno until they pulled away at the end,” Staples-Motley head coach Bruce Fuhrman said. “As it was, he was able to hold onto a solid third-place (finishing 13 seconds ahead of the fourth-place runner).”

The Staples-Motley girls finished fourth and were paced once again by eighth-grader Kyanna Burton who finished second in 19:14.6 behind Rocori’s Katelyn Motter who won with a 19:17.5.

“She actually had a chance to win,” Fuhrman said. “She was right there with Motter, but got caught up behind some JV boys and had to go wide at the end.”

Brainerd attended the meet, but left when lightning resulted in the boys JV race being pulled off the course 800 meters into the start.

“We honestly thought the meet was being cancelled after the second lightning strike so we left,” Brainerd head coach Dave Herath said.

Brainerd wasn’t the only team to leave. Of 27 teams scheduled for the race, only 18 were there when the race resumed.

According to Minnesota State High School League rules, athletes must be pulled from the field when lightning strikes and the race must be delayed for 30 minutes after the last strike is seen.

“After the second strike at 4:26 p.m., we knew we had to delay until 4:56 p.m. and initially the radar looked like there was no chance of it happening,” Little Falls coach Jess Massmann said. “Just before 5:00 p.m. we could see a break and scrambled to get it in.

“We started the JV and Varsity boys off together and two minutes later started the JV and Varsity girls. Gopher State Timing did a phenomenal job of sorting everything out. It was good to keep the record going - this is the 54th year of the Lucky Lindy.”

Calia Chaney finished seventh for the Pequot Lakes girls who placed ninth and the 11th-place Patriot boys were led by Ethan Johnson who finished 37th.

The Little Falls girls were 12th led by Courtney Loeffler in 37th place and Grant Johnson was 24th for the 14th-place Flyer boys.

Boys results
Team scores: 1-Perham 69, 2-Bemidji 86, 3-Staples-Motley 107, 4-St. Cloud Apollo 107, 5-Moorhead 131, 6-Laguna Beach 145, 7-Greenway/Nashwauk/Keewatin 159, 8-Alexandria 171, 9-St. Cloud Cathedral 240, 10-Sartell 242, 11-Pequot Lakes 276, 12-St. Cloud Tech 343, 13-Foley 393, 14-Little Falls 420, 15-Grand Rapids 438, 16-Fergus Falls 454, 17-Rocori 475, 18-Bertha-Hewitt 589
Individual winner: Emmet Anderson (SM) 16:03.3
Brainerd results:
Little Falls results: 24-Grant Jackson 17:40.7, 76-Wyatt Baum 18:48.5, Ben Knopik 19:26.7, 110-Isaac Larsen 20:27.5, 112-Erik Anez,20:34.7, 114-Alexander Oberton 21:05.6, 117-Mason Petrowitz 21:19.1
Pequot Lakes results: 37-Ethan Johnson 18:00.4, 54-Jesse Clausen 18:22.4, 56-Eli Laposky 18:24.3, 63-Dawsin Ackerman 18:34.7, 66-Collin Yahn 18:36.1, 69-Eli Hall 18:38.6, 82-Russell Pierzinski 18:58.8
Staples-Motley results: 1-Emmet Anderson 16:03.3, 3-Hunter Klimek 16:07.5. 28-Tanner Robben 17:45.3, 31-Isaac Christophersen 17:52.1, 44-Luke Brownell 18:09.9, 46-Jack Tyrell 18:14.7, 87-Logan Robben 19:03.1

Girls results
Team scores: 1-Alexandria 42, 2-Rocori 63, 3-Laguna Beach 118, 4-Staples-Motley 140, 5-Perham 144, 6-Bemidji 166, 7-Sartell 167, 8-Moorhead 191, 9-Pequot Lakes 204, 10-Monticello 212, 11-St. Cloud Tech 332, 12-Little Falls 352, 13-Fergus Falls 374, 14-Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin 396, 15-Foley 451, 16-Grand Rapids 460, 17-St. Cloud Apollo 496
Individual winner: Katelyn Motter (Rocori) 19:14.6
Brainerd results:
Little Falls results: 37-Courtney Loeffler 20:52.7, 72-Abby Borash 22:25.2, 80-Claire Zack 23:18.7, 81-Adrienne Kresha 23:26.6, 82-Kali Schirmers 23:37.7, 85-Bethany Becker 23:54.4, 87-Dayna Becker 23:58.2
Pequot Lakes results: 7-Calia Chaney 19:40.5, 26-Rian Zutter 20:32.7, 40-Carly Chaney 20:58.8, 54-Ellie Flaws 21:47.7, 77-Emma Flaws 23:07.7, 106- ella Peterson 25:38.4, 109-Angelina Doughty 26:01.4
Staples-Motley results: 2-Kyanna Burton 19:17.5, 28-Aften Robinson 20:37.2, 31-Ashely Robben 20:43.8, 36-Addison Lorber 20:52.5, 43-Addisyn 21:03.3, 73-Elizabeth Danilyuk 20:32.0, 86-Naila Mikhaeil 23:56.7
Next: Brainerd and Staples-Motley at Pierz Invitational 4:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16; Pequot Lakes at Bagley Invitational 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17; Little Falls at Rocori Invitational 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.