Saturday, October 31, 2015

Northfield Teams Defend their MIAC Team Titles

It was Northfield against the Saints for the MIAC cross country team titles on a soggy Como Golf course Saturday afternoon.  The Northfield teams ran off with the men's(St.Olaf) and women's(Carleton) crowns while St. Thomas was second in the woman's race and St. John's was runner-up in the men's.

St. Olaf senior Jake Campbell won the men's individual title in 25:36.1 for 8K, eight and a half seconds faster than runner-up Hart Horner.  Kimber Meyer, a junior at Macalester, ran away with the women's race finishing in 22:14.2, more than 20 seconds up on Bethel sophomore Annika Halverson.

An overnight rain left the course slippery in spots and the footing "heavy." A number of runners fell in the first 100 yards of the men's race, mandating an automatic recall and restart.  When the field got away cleanly, Hornor took the lead and pressed the pace. The St.Olaf duo Calvin Lehn and Campbell, Bethel's Matt Berens, and St. Thomas' Jake Gerhartz trailed within striking distance with Berens making the first attempt to drive for home on the course's last loop.
Hornor(395), Lehn(53), Campbell, (333), Berens(364), and Gerhartz(78).
Photo by Gene Niemi
Berens, who was coming off two seasons curtailed by injuries, said that the footing on that final lap  seemed more treacherous  than the rest of the course and that he found it difficult to generate enough speed or finish with a good kick.  Hornor said that the footing felt "heavy" for the entire course and try as he might, he wasn't able to open a lasting gap on the field.

"I was happy to be able to run with them(the front pack) finally," Berens said said of the impact of his past injuries on his ability to run up front.  He had laid off Horner's pace the first 2K of the race, but was in with the lead pack as they made the ascent of the race's first big hill that, in winter, is the Como Park downhill ski site.

The lead pack shifted around behind Horner until  the race's final loop when Berens and Hornor had a slight gap over Campbell.  Berens briefly took the lead entering the final 1K of the race, but then Campbell made the decisive move, passing both Berens and Hornor.

"I was running scared the whole race," said Campbell. "(Coming down the home straight) I got up on my toes," said Campbell, noting that he was trying to squeeze out every ounce of speed he possessed.  Neither Berens nor Horner could match Campbell's miler speed, as he seemingly widened the gap between himself and the pair with every stride.

Packing four runners in the top ten helped give St. Olaf a comfortable win over St. John's.  It's the fourth consecutive men's team title for St. Olaf.  The Johnnies were one of several teams that could reach team scores around 85 to 100+ points, said their coach Tim Miles.  They scored 96 to Carleton's 99 to secure the runner up spot.

The women's race was not as full of ebbs and flows.  Carleton senior Ruth Steinke, a front runner like Hornor, took the lead and was setting the pace.  Steinke has worn a sleeve on her right knee for support.   She has a slight strain in the knee's connective tissue, her coach Donna Ricks said, and they didn't want to risk aggravating on the slippery grass without the support of the sleeve.
Kimber Meyer(16), Ruth Steinke(49), and Annika Halverson(18) 
push the pace.  Photo by Gene Niemi
Meyer also had a minor issue she didn't want to make worse, her hamstring, which wasn't 100%.  Meyer's solution was to be conservative early and gradually pick up the pace as the race progressed.  Near the race's halfway mark she began to take command and, she began to open a significant gap on her rivals going downhill, she pushed the pace harder in an attempt to increase her lead.  Halvorson couldn't match Meyer's acceleration, and Steinke slipped to fourth place as Meyer ran to a comfortable victory.

Carleton's women packed four women in the top 14 with their fifth, sixth, and seventh runners placing  23rd, 24th, and 26th to earn their third consecutive MIAC women's title.  St. Thomas had a similarly strong top seven, but their top four trailed Carleton's, scoring 52 points to Carleton's 38.

For Macalester's Meyer it's on to see what she can do in the Regionals, where she hopes to qualify for the NCAA DIII Nationals before she faces an even more ambitious adventure.  Next term, Meyer will be studying abroad, in Botswana.  A biology and public health student at Macalester, Meyer will be doing work in those fields in Southern Africa. 

For Meyer, as one season's running winds down, another journey will soon begin.

Gene Niemi's MIAC Photos

Jake Campbell Photo by Gene Niemi

Kimber Meyer Photo by Gene Niemi

The finish Photo by Gene Niemi

UMAC Results/Summaries

UMAC results HERE.
St. Scholastica men's summary HERE.Women HERE
Minnesota Morris summary HERE
Bethany Lutheran College summary HERE
Luther College men's Summary is HERE.Women HERE.
University of Northwestern women's summary is HERE. Men HERE
North Central women's summary is HERE. Men's HERE.
Crown summary when available

NIRCA Great Plains Regional Meet Results

NIRCA Great Plains Regional Meet men's team results  HERE women's HERE.
Men's individual HERE   Women's individual HERE

Anna French 31st in Big 12 Conf Champs

Anna French 31st in Big 12 Conference Championships HERE

Kraig Lungstrom's MIAC Photo Gallery

Kraig Lungstrom's MIAC Photo Gallery HERE

MIAC Results

MIAC Women's 6K results HERE  Men's 8K HERE

UMAC Championships Preview

UMAC Coaches Conference HERE


Friday, October 30, 2015

Section 6A Results

Section 6A girl's results HERE.  Boy's results HERE

Section 8A Results

Section 8A girl's results HERE. Boy's results HERE. (Each link downloads the results as a Microsoft Excel file)

Perham Focus story and photos on the Perham boy's win HERE.  Girl's HERE

MIAC Women's XC Championships Preview

MIAC Women's XC Championships Preview HERE

MIAC Men's XC Championships Preview

MIAC Men's XC Champs Preview HERE

Section 1A Results

Section 1A girl's results HERE. Boy's HERE

Science: Research on Different Endurance Training Methods

Science: Research on Different Endurance Training Methods HERE

RPB Photo Gallery of Section 1A Meet; Meet Story/Team Results; Grace Ping

Rochester Post-Bulletin Photo Gallery of Section 1A Meet; HERE.  Meet Story and team results HERE. Story on Grace Ping winning 1A individual title HERE.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Section 5A Results

Section 5A Results HERE

Section 5AA Results

Section 5AA boy's results HERE.  Girl's HERE

Section 4A Results

Section 4A girl's results HERE. Boy's HERE

Section 8AA Results

Section 8AA girl's results HERE. Boy's HERE

Section 2A Results

Section 2A boy's results HERE. Girl's HERE.

Section 1AA Results

Section 1AA results HERE

Rochester Post Bulletin also has photo gallery HERE.  Story HERE.

Section 2AA Results

Section 2AA girl's results HERE. Boy's HERE

Section 3AA Results

Section 3AA boy's results HERE. Girl's HERE

Section 7AA Results

 Section 7AA results HERE

Section 7A Results

Section 7A results HERE

Bad Links

Over the last couple of days there have been a number of "broken links"--either mistakes in the data entry or "gremlins" in the system that has resulted in readers not being able to get to the correct site or any site.  Am working on that to correct this issue.

Please provide some feedback when you encounter a problem.  Send a note to this e-mail address  noting the item that is not working. I will check it out and get it fixed.  Apologies for the problems.
--Jim Ferstle

Evan Roberts' Twin Cities Marathon Photo Album

I know I'm late in posting these, but they were sent to another e-mail address for Down the Backstretch that I forgot about and has been neglected. Enjoy the photos.  Link is HERE.

The photos go from the front of the field to around a 4 hours 15 finishing time. People can click on "Show More" in the text at the top of the page to reveal a list of numbers that are prominent in the photos. So, if you remember your race number, you can scroll down through the page list and see if your photo is in the mix.

Gopher Men's Big 10 Preview

Kraig Lungstrom's Section 6AA Photo Galleries

Updated: Kraig Lungstrom's Section 6AA Photo Galleries HERE

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Terry Goeman's Hopkins Section 6AA Photo Gallery

Terry Goeman's Hopkins Section 6AA Photo Gallery HERE

Updated: MSHSL Section 6AA Results

MSHSL Section 6AA boy's results are HERE. Girl's HERE

MSHSL Section 4AA Results

MSHSL Section 4AA Girl's results are HERE.  Boy's HERE.

NCAA Sportsmanship Awards

USTFCCCA Big 10 Championship Preview

USTFCCCA Big 10 Championship Preview HERE

Edina, Wayzata, 1,2 in Girl's 6AA

Hopkins & Mpls Washburn Survive the "Section of Death"

NCAA DII National Rankings

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Gopher women Big Ten XC Champs Preview

NCAA DII Regional Rankings

Lance Elliott's Lefty Wright Grade Level Championships Photo Album

Lefty Wright Grade Level Results

Lefty Wright Grade Level results HERE

2015 Boy's Class AA HS XC Coaches Rankings

1              Hopkins
2              Edina
3              Wayzata
4              Minneapolis Washburn
5              Stillwater
6              Mounds View
7              Rocori
8              Willmar
9              Elk River
10           Maple Grove
11           White Bear Lake
12           Lakeville North
 Other Teams receiving votes:  Centennial, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Prior Lake

1              Jaret Carpenter, Wayzata
2              Owen Hoeft, Hopkins
3              Eli Krahn, Stillwater
4              Innocent Murwanashyaka, Como Park
5              Micah Mather, St. Paul Highland Park
6              Jack Manderscheid, Edina
7              Seth Eliason, Hopkins
8              Patrick Roos, Edina
9              Hamza Ali, Minneapolis Washburn
10           Alex Miley, Maple Grove
11           Sam Thomas, Edina
T12         Andrew Sell, Minneapolis Washburn
T12         Reed Kurak, Centennial
Other athletes receiving votes:  Hunter Staack, Hopkins; Matt Wilkinson, Minnetonka

Monday, October 26, 2015

MIAC XC Championships on Saturday

MIAC XC Championships HERE

UMAC XC Champs on Saturday

Men's Cross Country
Saturday, October 31

All teams at UMAC Championships at Buffalo Heights Golf Course, Buffalo, Minn.

Women's Cross Country 
Saturday, October 31
All teams at UMAC Championships at Buffalo Heights Golf Course, Buffalo, Minn.

Lucas Trapp Commits to the University of Minnesota

 Excited to announce that I will be running at the university of Minnesota! Can't wait to do big things with some awesome guys! #SkiUMah

Youth Sports Out of Control

 Youth sports out of control   HERE


NCAA/NJCAA Athletes of the week info HERE

Sunday, October 25, 2015

List of Sports Scientists on Twitter

2015 Boy's Class A HS XC Coaches Rankings

1.       Mora                                        
2.       Perham                                        
3.       Trinity of River Ridge               
4.       West Central Area                    
5.       Lake City                                 
6.       Minnehaha Academy                
7        Pequot Lakes                            
8.       Belle Plaine                              
9.       LaCrescent                               
10.     Ottertail Central                       
11.     Annandale                                
12.     Lac Qui Parle Valley-DB               

1.        Conor Schank                   Howard Lake/Waverly/W
2.        Mike Mitchell                   Blake
3.        Alec Sanbeck                    Mora
4.        John Roth                          Lake Crystal WM/N 
5.        Carl Kozlowski                 Lake City
6.        Zack Emery                      LaCrescent
7.        Michael Schwinghamer    Mora
8.        Michael Suda                    Pipestone Area
9.        Kurt Tebeest                     Montevideo
10       Rylee Nelson                    West Central Area
11       Hunter Kjelshus                Perham
12       John Hall                           Milaca

2015 Girl's Class A HS XC Coaches Rankings

1.       Annandale                                  
2.       Perham                             
3.       Trinity of River Ridge               
4.       Lac Qui Parle Valley-DB           
5.       Lanesboro/Fillmore Central       
6.       Fairmont                              
7.       Blake                                        
8.       Pine City                                  
9.       Holy Family Catholic               
10.     Minnehaha Academy              
11.     Dover-Eyota                           
12.     Mora                                       

1.        Grace Ping                            Winona Cotter
2.        Anna Donnay                        Eden Valley-Watkins/K
3.        Hannah Truninger                 Watertown Mayer
4.        Morgan Ritcher                      Breck
5.        Madison Schandelmeier         Luverne
6.        Rebecca Wilkin                      Trinity of River Ridge
7.        Erika Fox                               Carlton
8.        Brynan Covington                  Perham
9.        Kayla Christopherson            Austin Pacelli
10       Ellyssa Peterson                    Greenway/N-K
11        Lexi Erickson                       International Falls
12       Elizabeth Schlafke                Annandale

CORRECTIONS: Team USA MN's Josh Dedering did not run the Pittsburgh 10 Mile; Emily Gordon 11th.

Got this message  from Pat Goodwin regarding the item on the Pittsburgh 10 Mile: "I noticed on Down the Backstretch today that you listed Josh Dedering as finishing 15th at the Pittsburgh 10 Miler.  This would be impossible because Josh did not travel to the race.  He was signed up to compete but because of a sore hamstring, Dennis decided last Monday (Oct. 19) it would be best for Josh to withdraw from the race and take a few days off.  So that’s what he did.  Not sure how he could be listed in the results since he was not there.

Pat is correct.  I went back to the results site, where I found the entry this morning.   Josh was no longer listed.  I don't know how Josh ended up in the listings this morning.  The only thing odd about it that I noticed this morning was a discrepancy in the entries for Josh's time.  The listings have two times for each finisher.  One is the "NET" time, the other is the "CLOCK" time.  Many races do this as one time is the official time compiled from the time the starting gun/horn/whatever they use to start the race goes off until the runner's ID, either on a chip or the number is read as each runner crosses the finish timing mat.

Josh's two times were listed as 52:31 and 52:51.  His race number was also listed, but I didn't write that down.  My recollection is that his number was 12.  Josh had been listed as running on the Team USA Minnesota press release from earlier in the week as I checked that to see if he was indeed scheduled to run.  

Bottom line is that I didn't dig further to verify the time and info I was reading in what I assumed to be the preliminary results from the race.  My bad.  Made too many assumptions without checking.  Apologies to Josh and the race.  Thanks to Pat for pointing out my error.

Going through the results again, turns outthere is a second error in the story.  Emily Gordon was 11th, not tenth as listed in thepreliminary results from this morning.
--Jim Ferstle

Science: Genes and Exercise

Science: Genes and Exercise HERE

Pittsburgh 10-Mile Top 15

Top  men's and women for the Pittsburgh 10-Mile HERE
Team USA Minnesota's Emily Gordon and Biya Simbassa finish 10th.  Josh Dedering 15th in 52:31

Saturday, October 24, 2015

NSIC Champs a Launch Pad for the Top Teams

The rain clouds quit shedding their moisture.  Several raptors rode the winds up above and watched the drama unfold below.  On the soggy but firm green ground of the the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course the NSIC women's and men's championship races crowned their champions

Not wanting a repeat of last year's tie breaker battle with Augustana, fourth ranked NCAA DII women's team and 2014 NSIC runner-up, the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, had a race plan hoping to avoid last year's result where Augustana won on a tie breaker.

UMD coach Joanna Warmington told her team to go out fast, a bit faster than they might otherwise be comfortable.  The rationale being that this race was not going to be won in the final kilometers, but rather in getting in a good position early and maintaining that lead to the finish.  Warmington knew that the top three Bulldog runners--Breanna Colbenson, Emi Trost, and Hannah Olson--were likely to outrun any of the other team's top trios.

Warmington said that she is always nervous going into a race.  Her main cause for concern this time being that she didn't know what the other team's were capable of.  Some of them had not run at "full strength" yet, so her plan for the team was to work with what they could control.  Try to get the most out of each team member. "I know that Breanna likes to go out hard," said Olson.  So to keep up, Hannah had to keep in contact with Trost and Colbenson.

The challenge for UMD all season  was who would be team finishers four and five and how close could they finish to the top three?  "The sisters(Erica and Amber Seidenkranz) ran a great race," said Olson.  "Our coach told us to try and stay close," said Erica Seindenkranz.  "And it was great that the person who was running with me was my sister." The Bulldog trio up front finished 5-6-7 to give the team a six point lead over their closest rival, which was not defending champions Augustana.

In the middle of the race Erica Seidenkranz looked in front of her and was surprised to find that "there were a lot of U-Mary runners up ahead."  One of those runners being U-Mary's Lexi Zeis, a sophomore who won this year's DII women's race at the Roy Griak Invitational.  Zeis's strategy was to duplicate her Griak run, which meant she led from beginning to end.

Lexi Zeis leads the pack early in the race. Photo by Jason Oakman
"I've been running this course since I was a freshman in high school," said Zeiss, who is a graduate of Bismark HS.  The hills, the competition didn't intimidate or worry her.  She ran like a veteran, grinding down anyone who attempted to stay with her.

Defending NSIC champion Sasha Hovind of Northern State and Augustana sophomore Leigh Sievert tried to stay with Zeis, but as the race progressed the gap between them and Zeis only widened.  The UMD "Big Three" didn't allow any other U-Mary runners in front of them, and the Seidenkranz sisters didn't panick, but rather upped her resolve to push harder when they saw the U-Mary runners in front of them. By the finish the sisters outscored the U-Mary's fourth and fifth runners by ten points.

U-Mary had followed a different directive from their coach,  Dennis Newell.  Newell broke up the race into three 2K segments.  The first 2K he told the team to run with their heads.  Run smart.  The second 2K with their legs, and the final 2K with their hearts.  The team has been improving each week, added Newell, and they'll have to step it up again for the  NCAA DII Regional competition on November 7.

There the goal will be a top three finish for Zeis in the individual race as well as for the team, Zeis said.

The Men
The Augustana men's team approached the NSIC Conference championships as an attempt to extend their streak of team championships to seven and to send a message to the rest of the DII teams in the country.  They didn't merely want to win, said individual champion Glen Ellingson, they wanted to dominate. They wanted to dictate the pace of the race with their top three runners: Ellingson, Keegan Carda, and Harald Karbo, said coach Tracy Hellman.

Glen Ellingson.  Photo by Christopher Mitchell
Ellenson approached the NSIC Championships with a modest goal.  He didn't think he would win, but he did believe he could finish in the top three.  The others he expected to be with him were his Norwegian teammate Harald Karbo, who was running his first race of the season, and Keegan Carda, who had been the team's top finisher in the early season meets.

All three were up front early, but by 5K it was Carda and Ellengson with a Sioux Falls University "shadow, " Jase Kraft, tucked in behind them.  Ellenson sensed that their pace had created a gap and he turned his head to see that Kraft had dropped behind.  "We dropped him," he told Carda and the pair were on their own.  At about 6K they went down a hill and Carda could no longer keep the pace, leaving Ellenson alone for a last 2K victory march.

Down the home stretch Karbo almost made it a 1,2,3 sweep of the top places, but he couldn't get past U-Mary's Chris Jessup.  Nearly a minute later Augustana's Nick Larsen and Logan Burns closed the deal on the team championship.  Once again, U-Mary was nearly able to threaten for the title as their top four runners were in the top 14, but their fifth finisher finished 63rd.

The other "what ifs" favored Augustana as two of their top runners did not run  the NSIC Championships.  One of whom will return for the season ending meets.

"We're a November team," said Ellingson.  At the  NCAA DII Regionals on November 7 in Joplin, MO the team hopes to reinforce their pedigree as a contender for the NCAA DII men's team championship.  "Our goal is not just to win," said Ellenson, "but to make a statement."  The NCAA DII men's team championship is wide open, he said.  At least six teams have a legitimate shot at the title, and Augustana is one of them.

As the awards ceremonies finished another runner was looking toward the future. Winona State sophomore Reed Parent, who had finished 21st(top 20 get recognized on the podium), sloshed through the slippery mud in front of the awards stand and posed arms outstretched in front of the podium.  "I'm going for the so close award," he said with a smile.  Watch out top 20, here comes Reed.

Lance Elliott's NSIC Photo Album

Lance Elliott's NSIC Photo Album HERE

Liz Podominick Gets a Job

Two New Members of the Hall of Shame

NSIC Photo Album

NSIC photo album is HERE.

NSIC: UMD Women's Champs; Augustana Continues Winning Streak in the Men's

NSIC pre-meet favorites UMD's women and Augustana's men captured the team titles, while U-Mary sophomore Lexi Zeis won the women's 6K in  21:41.7 and Augustana junior Glen Ellingson led a 1-2-4 finish of the team's top three in the 8K in 25:49.9.

Full Results are HERE.

U-Mary women 2nd, men 4th in team races.

More to come Later...

Friday, October 23, 2015

Defending NSIC Titleists Augustana XC Champs Preview

Defending NSIC Titleists Augustana XC Championships Preview  HERE

NSIC Video of Conference XC Team's School Visits

NSIC Video of Conference XC Team's School Visits HERE.

Tri Metro Conference Champs Results

Tri Metro Conference Championship boy's results HERE. Girl's HERE.

Luther vs. LaCrosse Dual Meet Results

Luther Vs. LaCrosse Dual Meet results HERE

Jack's Run Results

Jack's Run Results HERE
Gopher women's summary HERE.

The Things That Matter When the Cheering Stops

Blog post on "the things that matter when the cheering stops" HERE

Will Burke 14th at EMU Fall Classic

Full men's results from EMU Fall Classic HERE.

2016 Class for the Minnesota T&F HOF Announced

Distance runners Lynn Nelson Stot and Debbie Thometz Leyden and Masters high jumper Tom Langenfeld have been selected as the 2016 inductees to the Minnesota Track & Field Hall of Fame.  A ceremony in their honor will be held at a later date.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tomahawk Conference Champs Results

Tomahawk Conference Champs boy's results HERE. Girl's HERE

MNDaily Adam Zutz Feature

NCAA DII Conference Champs Preview--NSIC

NCAA DII Conference Champs Preview--NSIC HERE.

NSIC Champs Preview page HERE.

Anna French Featured at WVU

Metro West Conference Champs Results

Metro West Conference Championships results HERE

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WCN Story on the Big South Conference Championships

 Waseca County News story on the Big South Conference Championships  HERE

Big South Conference Champs Results

  Big South Conference Champs boy's results HERE.  Girl's HERE  All results HERE.

Proctor Lions Invitational Results

 Proctor Lions Invitational results  HERE

PRE Mid-State Conference Results Summary

PRE Mid-State Conference Results Summary HERE

DNT Summary of Iron Range Conference Champs Results

DNT Summary of Iron Range Conference Champs results HERE

Lance Elliott's Shakopee Invitational Photo Album

Lance Elliott's Shakopee Saber Invitational photo album HERE.

FloTrack Workout Wednesday Video Featuring Gopher Women

FloTrack Workout Wednesday Video Featuring Gopher Women HERE

Suburban East Conference Champs Results

 Suburban East Conference Champs Team results HERE. Boy's HERE.  Girl's HERE.

Bemidji Invitational Results

Bemidji Invitational Results HERE

Minnesota River Conference Champs Results

 Minnesota River Conference Champs boy's results  HERE. Girl's HERE.

EMAC Championship Results

EMAC Championship boy's results HERE. Girl's HERE

Central Lakes Conference Championship Results

 Central Lakes Conference Championship boy's results HERE. Girl's HERE.

Mississippi 8 Conference Champs Results

 Mississippi 8 Conference Championship results HERE

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

St. Paul City Conference Champs Results

St. Paul City Conference Champs girl's results HERE. Boy's HERE

Granite Ridge Conference Champs Results

Granite Ridge Conference Champs results HERE

IMAC Championship Results

IMAC Championship results are HERE.

Big 9 Conference Champs Results

 Big 9 Conference Champs results HERE

Hiawatha Valley League Conference Champs Results

Hiawatha Valley League Conference Champs results HERE

Shakopee Sabers Invitational Results

Shakopee Sabers Invitational results HERE

Three Rivers Conference Champs Results

Three Rivers Conference Champs results HERE

Wright County West Conference Champs Results

Wright County West Conference Champs results HERE

Wright County East Conference Champs Results

Wright County East Conference  Champs girl's results HERE. Boy's HERE.

DNT Story on UMD's Hannah Olson

MN Daily story on the Gopher's Liz Berkowitz

Monday, October 19, 2015

Lake Conference: Best in the US?

Former Team USA MN Runner Patrick Smyth Wins USATF Trail Half Marathon Champs

NCAA DI Region Rankings

Gopher men fifth, women third in Midwest Region rankings

Team USA Minnesota's Katy Moen Awarded RRCA Roads Scholarship

2015 Boy's Class AA HS XC Coaches Rankings

1              Hopkins
2              Edina
3              Wayzata
4              Minneapolis Washburn
5              Stillwater
6              Mounds View
7              Willmar
8              Sartell-St Stephen
9              White Bear Lake
10           Lakeville North
11           Elk River
12           Maple Grove
 Other Teams receiving votes: Centennial, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Prior Lake

1              Jaret Carpenter, Wayzata
2              Owen Hoeft, Hopkins
3              Eli Krahn, Stillwater
4              Innocent Murwanashyaka, Como Park
5              Micah Mather, St. Paul Highland Park
6              Jack Manderscheid, Edina
7              Seth Eliason, Hopkins
8              Patrick Roos, Edina
9              Hamza Ali, Minneapolis Washburn
10           Sam Thomas, Edina
11           Alex Miley, Maple Grove
12           Andrew Sell, Minneapolis Washburn
Other athletes receiving votes: Reed Kurak, Centennial; Hunter Staack, Hopkins; Matt Wilkinson, Minnetonka

2015 Girl's Class AA HS XC Coaches Rankings

1 Edina                                                                       
2 Willmar                   
3 Marshall                              
4 Minnetonka                        
5 Wayzata 
6 Forest Lake                          
7 Red  Wing                
8 Mpls Washburn                   
9  Shakopee                                                    
10  Eden Prairie                                              
11 Lakeville South                              
12 Farmington                                   
Honerable Mention: Eastview, East Ridge , Roseville, Duluth East, St Michael-Albertville                                        

1       Bethany Hasz, 12                          Alexandria                                           
2       Emma Benner, 12                         Forest Lake                             
3       Emma Christensen, 12                 Rochester John Marshall    
4       Emily Covert, 9                              Mpls Washburn                      
5       Claire Boersma, 11,                     Marshall                               
6       Sophie Whicher, 10                     Minnetonka                                                                                  
7       Lauren Peterson, 9                       Farmington                                                           
8       Anna Fenske, 7                            Farmington                          
9       Annalise, Davis, 9                         St Michael-Albertville    
10     Lizzy Heil, 11                                St Michael-Albertville                              
11     Mae Fullerton, 12                        Benilde-St. Margret's                            

12     Jesse Hanson, 11                         Willmar                                 
Honerable Mention:  Megan Hasz, 12, Alexandria; Anastasia Korzenowski, 11, Chanhassen;               Kianna Stewart, 12, Red Wing; Renae Anderson, 11, Hopkins; Michaela Keller-Miller, 12, Wayzata;  Maria Rickman, 9, Edina; Amanda Mosborg, 11, Edina; Tess Misgen, 11, Shakopee; Laura Bestul, 12,  Eastview                                        

2015 Boy's Class A HS XC Coaches Rankings

1.       Mora                                      
2.      Perham                                      
3.      Trinity of River Ridge               
4.      West Central Area                    
5.       Lake City                                  
6.       Minnehaha Academy                 
7        Pequot Lakes                            
8.       Ottertail Central                         
9.       Belle Plaine                               
10.     LaCrescent                               
11.     LacQui Parle Valley-DB             
12.     Annandale                                

1    Conor Schank                   Howard Lake/Waverly/W
2    Mike Mitchell                    Blake
3    Alec Sanbeck                    Mora
4    John Roth                          Lake Crystal WM/N
5     Carl Kozlowski                  Lake City
6     Michael Schwinghamer      Mora
7     Zack Emery                      LaCrescent
8     Mike Suda                        Pipestone Area
9     Matt Steiger                      LaCrescent
10   Kurt Tebeest                    Montevideo
11   Hunter Kjelshus                Perham
12   Rylee Nelson                    West Central Area

Sunday, October 18, 2015

2015 Girl's Class A HS XC Coaches Rankings

1.       Annandale                                  
2.       Perham                               
3.       Trinity of River Ridge              
4.       Lac Qui Parle Valley-DB            
5.       Lanesboro/Fillmore Central    
6.       Fairmont                                  
7.       Blake                                       
8.       Pine City                                  
9.       Holy Family Catholic                  
10.      Minnehaha Academy               
11.     Dover-Eyota                            

12.     Mora                                        

1.       Grace Ping                            Winona Cotter 
2.       Anna Donnay                        Eden Valley-Watkins/K
3.       Hannah Truninger                  Watertown Mayer
4        Morgan Ritcher                      Breck
5        Rebecca Wilkin                     Trinity of River Ridge
6        Madison Schandelmeier         Luverne
7        Brynan Covington                  Perham
8        Erika Fox                              Carlton
9        Kayla Christopherson             Austin Pacelli
10      Lexi Erickson                         International Falls
11      Jessica Sheer                         Annandale
12      Ellyssa Peterson                     Greenway/N-K