Edina, the #3-ranked team in boys' Class AA, won't compete at the MSHSL State Cross Country Championships next weekend after finishing a non-qualifying third at the Section 6AA meet at Gale Woods in Minnetrista this Wednesday.
#1-ranked Wayzata won the 6AA boys' competition with 28 points; #2 Eden Prairie finished second with 51. Edina tallied 89 points; #9 Minneapolis South finished 4th with 126 points.
In girls' competition, the #1-ranked Eden Prairie girls won with 24 points, followed by #3 Minnetonka which tallied 58. Wayzata was third with 89; #9 Hopkins was fourth with 105.
Full results of the meet can be found HERE.
Two teams from each section qualify to State. Section competition opened Wednesday and continues through Friday across the state.
The MSHSL has a full listing of section meets HERE.
Elsewhere ... The #4-ranked White Bear Lake boys won Section 4AA with 42 points over un-ranked Roseville which tallied 68. #7-ranked Stillwater finished a non-qualifying third with 70 points.
In 4AA girls' competition, #5 White Bear Lake topped #4 Woodbury 42-68. #12-ranked Stillwater finished third with 85 points.
Complete 4AA results can be found HERE.
Our Opinion: Fix the System ... As regular readers of Down the Backstretch know, MSHSL State Meet qualifying is an issue we've voiced our opinion on before. We think the current qualifying system is unfair to top-notch teams who happen to be in strong sections.
We offered THIS proposal last year -- a proposal, we can't help but note, would have allowed the #3-ranked Class AA boys to race at State next weekend.
Let Us Know What You Think ... Last year, 69% of readers who participated in our DtB poll (see results at right) thought the State Meet system needed fixing. Let us know your opinion in the comment section below ...