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.