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RUNNING BACK – Madelia/Truman/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther runner Josiah DeMaris (left) and Martin County West/Butterfield-Odin’s Ryan Pierson show off their Class 2A credentials after qualifying for the Class A meet on Thursday at Baylor Park at Norwood Young America. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Hartke)

NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA – No matter what program he competes against, senior Ryan Pierson continues to qualify for the Class A meet year after year.

Pierson, who is competing on the Martin County West/Butterfield-Odin Public team this fall, and Madelia/Truman/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther junior Josiah DeMaris made up the top two qualifiers in the state 5K at Thursday’s Section 2A Meet . at Norwood Young America.

Pierson, ranked No. 2 in the Class A state rankings, ran the Baylor Park course in 16:23.97 to take third place behind St. Louis regional gold medalist Levi Miest. James Area and the last Kody. Wassman of the Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey.

Miest, who took 18th place at the 2022 Class A meet with a time of 16:39.4, broke the tape with a 16:06.32 win Thursday to lead the Saints to a district team title win and a state team invitation. .

Wassman, who took 48th place at the 2022 state meet in 17:09.0, earned a Division 2 silver medal Thursday by running the 5K race in 16:09.16 to propel the Wolverines to the team championship with a 10th place finish. on Saints.

Pierson added to her bronze medal performance at Baylor Park Thursday on her high school resume that includes a 12th-place finish with a 16:31.9 for Butterfield-Odin at the 2022 Class A state meet, in addition to a 28th-best performance of 17:16.25 for St. . James Area for the 2021 state tournament.

Pierson led the 12th-ranked Mavericks to Thursday’s sectional final at Norwood Young America, while DeMaris posted a fourth-place effort at 16:31.59 to lead the Jayhawks to a fourth-place finish behind 10th-ranked Mankato Loyola. / Cleveland/St. Clair, 81-127.

DeMaris, like Pierson, earned his third straight medal since the covid-19 interruption of the 2020 season. DeMaris placed 67th at the 2022 state meet with a time of 17:18.8, after finishing 39th in 17:23.28 in 2021.

Kaydon Firchau posted a 20th overall time of 17:52.44 for the Jayhawks’ effort, Carson Meraz finished 22nd in 17:57.74, Caleb Decann took 39th in 18:33.0, while Dalton Tatro rounded out the rankings in 46th. at 18:49.2.

Grant Koehnen posted a 19th-place mark of 17:45.57 for Pierson’s performance at the Mavericks, Hayden O’Connor scored 91st in 21:39.55; while Kaleb Kennedy and Lincoln Kennedy placed 99th (22:28.93) and 101st (22:56.21), respectively.

Brady Lorenz ran the 5K course in 18:16.02 to lead Blue Earth Area to a 15th place team finish.

In the Section 2A girls race, Martin County West/Butterfield-Odin Public senior Katie Hartke posted a 13th-place time of 21:00.24 to just miss repeating as a state qualifier at the Section 2A State Four Meet at Baylor Park. Le Sueur-Henderson’s Norah Renstrom earned a sixth place non-team finish with a ninth place overall time of 20:37.2.

Hartke finished her big cross-country prep career by lifting the Mavericks team to seventh, while Evelynn Christenson posted a 31st-place performance of 22:18.89.

Maddison Lyon placed 39th overall in 22:36.45 for MCW/BOP, Katelynn Kennedy posted 23:20.85 to take 55th, while Hannah Cole took 72nd in 24:41.39 to round out the Mavericks.

Aubrey Woodwick and Sidney Eitzmann produced top-20 performances to help lead Blue Earth Area to an 11th place finish. Woodwick took 15th place in the event with a time of 21:07.28, while Eitzmann posted a mark of 21:46.88 to take 20th individually.

Valerie Quast claimed the gold medal with a 5K victory in 19:03.67 to power the Mankato Loyola/Cleveland/St. Expect to win the last round of 86 and promotion to the state team of Group A.

Meghan Johnson earned 10th place as she clocked 20:42.91 to lead Mountain Lake Area/Butterfield-Odin to the girls championship with 82.

The Class A Boys national meet will begin at noon on Saturday, Nov. 4, while the Class A girls tournament begins at 12:45 p.m. The meet will be held at Les Bolstad Golf Course of the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.



(5K Distance)

Boys Division

Personal results (Top 10): 1. Levi Miest (St. James Area) 16:06.32; 2. Kody Wassman (Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey) 16:09.16; 3. Ryan Pierson (Martin County West / Butterfield-Odin) 16:23.97; 4. Josiah DeMaris (Madelia/Truman/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther) 16:31.59; 5. Soren Kelly (Loyola/Cleveland/St. Clair) 16:34.82; 6. Sam Vetter (LCSC) 16:54.41; 7. Jacob Friesen (St. James Area) 17:01.1; 8. Mason Anderson (Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial/Nicollet) 17:01.48; 9. Zach Kallen (MLA/Comfrey) 17:05.37; 10. Tyrone Stout (MLA/Comfrey) 17:12.4.

Other MCW/BO Results: 19. Grant Koehnen 17:45.57; 91. Hayden O’Connor 21:39.55; 99. Caleb Kennedy 22:28.93; 101. Lincoln Kennedy 22:56.21; 104. David Taylor 23:16.58.

Other MTGHECML Results: 20. Kaydon Firchau 17:52.44; 22. Carson Merazi 17:57.74; 39. Caleb Dean 18:33.0; 46. ​​Dalton Tatro 18:49.2; 73. Eddie Ramirez 20:02.58; 76. Adriel Martinez 20: 11.2.

Blue Earth Area results: 33. Brady Lorenz 18:16.02; 77. Devin Haase 20:19.84; 92. Marcus Eckles 21:45.33; 94. Seth Matthew 22:06.31; 97. Owen Jahnke 22:15.1; 100. Oliver Ankeny 22:39.41; 102. Jason Casey 22:56.92.

Individual Qualifiers: 3. Pierson; 4. DeMaris; 5. Kelly; 6. Vetter; 8. M. Anderson; 11. Kieran Allison (NYA) 17:14.83.

Team Standings (Top 2 Advance to State): 1. Mountain Lake Area / Comfrey 60; 2. Place of St. James 70; 3. Loyola/Cleveland/St. District 81; 4. MTGHECML 127; 5. LCWM/Nicollet 134; 6. Sibley East 178; 7. NYA 239; 8. Le Sueur-Henderson 259; 9. Lester Prairie 262; 10. Sleepy Eye United 270; 11. WEM/JWP 295; 12. MCW/BOP 296; 13. Minnesota Valley Lutheran 303; 14. Maple River 304; 15. Blue Earth 372 locations.

Girls Division

Personal results (Top 10): 1. Valerie Quast (Loyola/Cleveland/St. Clair) 19:03.67; 2. Addison Hoof (Lester Prairie) 19:14.34; 3. Charlotte Meyer (LCSC) 19:27.56; 4. Sophia Stencel (Maple River) 19:39.59; 5. Madyson Steele (Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop) 20:06.45; 6. Paige Gardiner (Sibley East) 20:13.22; 7. Katelyn Friesen (St. James Area) 20:22.39; 8. America Trejo Esqueda (St. James Area) 20:26.22; 9. Norah Renstrom (LSH) 20:37.2; 10. Meghan Johnson (Mt. Lake Area/Comfrey) 20:42.91.

Martin Co. West/Butterfield-Odin Team Results: 13. Katie Hartke 21:00.24; 31. Evelynn Christenson 22:18.89; 39. Madison Lyon 22:36.45; 55. Katelynn Kennedy 23:20.85; 72. Hannah Cole 24:41.39; 79. Paige Hartwig 24:50.22; 86. Eva Miranda 25:16.93.

Blue Earth Area results: 15. Aubrey Woodwick 21:07.28; 20. Sidney Eitzmann 21:46.88; 40. Natalie Griffey 22:39.0; 91. Leah Becker 26:22.64; 103. Makayla Ankeny 27:59.42; 109. Myla Eastman 31:59.8.

Individual Qualifiers: 2. Hoofs; 4. Stencel; 5. Metals; 6. Gardiner; 7. Friesen; 8. Trejo Esqueda.

Team Standings (Top 2 Advance to State): 1. Mountain Lake Area / Comfrey 82; 2. Loyola/Cleveland/St. District 86; 3. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 125; 4. Sibley East 140; 5. Maple River 192; 6. Place of St. James 194; 7. Martin Co. West/Butterfield-Odin Public 210; 8. WEM/JWP 224; 9. Lester Prairie 260; 10. NRHEG 261; 11. Blue Earth Location 269; 12. LSH 282; 13. LCWM/Nicollet 303; 14. United South Central/Alden-Conger 332; 15. Sleepy Eye United 338; 16. Norwood Young America 340; 17. Minnesota Valley Lutheran 436.

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