NORTHFIELD -- It was a Top 10 type of day for the Staples-Motley Cardinals.
Both Cardinals teams placed fifth and three individuals landed in the top 10, highlighted by Emmet Anderson’s runner-up finish, Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Class 1A State cross-country meet at St. Olaf College.
“It was a good showing, the boys weren’t the No. 1 team going in, but I thought we would have a chance to get on the podium,” S-M head coach Bruce Fuhrman said. “The girls, we had high aspirations, no doubt. I looked at the times and they were pretty much where we left off at the section meet. We didn’t run poorly. We had a couple of new girls and they were a little bit shell shocked at how fast the race was.
“The’ll be ready next year. We have kids with experience now.”
Anderson couldn’t collect his second-straight victory over defending state champion Geno Uhrborn of Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin. Uhrbom won another state title in 15:27.6. Anderson followed with a 15:42.6.
“Anderson chose the plan of just kind of holding back a little bit on the first mile because of the wind and Geno went at the 1,000 meter and got a six second lead,” Fuhrman said. “Emmet thought there was no way Geno could hold that and pretty soon it was nine seconds. Emmet tried catching him, but it was too late. That’s how hit ended.
“That little bit, and that’s where Geno’s strength is, but the wind was totally wrong. I was hoping Emmet would go after it, but he didn’t. He held off for that first mile.”
Anderson busted out to a 4:47.1 first mile followed by a 5:11.0 second mile and a 5:44.5 Third mile.
S-M’s Hunter Klimek placed fifth with a 15:49.7 to earn all-state honors. The top 25 runners earn all-state honors.
“The plan was for Hunter to stay with Emmet and he did have a great meet,” Fuhrman said. “We figured he would be top five. He was running four there until the line and a guy snuck in front of him right at the line. That was the plan. We were hoping to go first and third, and second and third would have been good, too, but they both ran well.
“Emmet’s time was not what he would typically run. He would be faster than that, but Hunter was spectacular all the way through.”
On the girls’ side that included Kyanna Burton who led the Cardinals girls with her sixth-place time of 18:47.2. Afton Robinson placed 54th followed by Ashley Robben in 66th place.
“Kyanna had a great race and Ashley Robben really ran well, too,” Fuhrman said. “We did want to put Kyanna in the top five and she was there. I thought Kyanna ran really well. It’s a new school record on a legit course so that’s a good day for her.”
The Pequot Lakes girls team finished eighth led by Calia Chaney’s eighth-place time of 19:02.6. Rian Zutter added a 13th place followed by Carly Chaney in 49th place.
Calia Chaney had her hands full with Wadena-Deer Creek’s Kira Sweeney, who caught Chaney at the end to place seventh in 19:02.4.
“Calia ran well and Rian ran well slo that was exciting,” Pequot head coach Jeff Brever said. “Calia started out a little too fast. She was probably in the lead at about 200 meters. We talked a little bit before hand, but it’s a big meet and the adrenaline gets going and it’s hard to hold back and that got away from her at the beginning. She held on and was able to get a top 10 finish.”
Pequot’s Ethan Johnson ran a 67th-place time of 17:12.6 and Crosby-Ironton’s Tucker Ringhand was 10 places and five seconds behind.
“It was great to get that experience,” Brever said. “Ethan got his first state experience which he has just been itching to get for the last couple of years. Overall, we were hoping to get a little bit better, but eighth place we’ll take it and hope to improve and get there next year.
“It’s a little different down there. Instead of at a smaller meet where you might have a few people in front of you here everyone is great. So you can get a little overwhelmed that there are so many people around you. We’re happy with it, though. We’re young and we’ll just keep trying to improve.”