by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Three Elk Rivers runners and one from Rogers were among the hundreds competing at the state cross country meet Saturday.
Elk junior Chelsea Schlegel had the highest finish of the locals, placing 42nd in 15:14.3 the Class AA girls at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Last year, she placed 26th.
Elk eighth-grader Rachel Ness placed 58th in 15:23.0 among 158 runners.
Schlegel slipped from 26th place last year and Ness moved up from 72nd. The Elks ran as a team last year.
Another Elk eighth-grader, Lucas Trapp, placed 114th in 17:19.4, among 157 runners, but placed first in his age group. Few boys as young as Trapp qualify for state. The other two other eighth-graders in Class AA finished 131st and 155th and the lone seventh-grader was 146th.
It’s more common for young girl athletes to reach state as the Class AA field had 17 eighth-graders and seven seventh-graders. Two Alexandria eighth-grade twins placed fourth and fifth.
Rogers sophomore Reed Parent placed 70th in the boys Class AA race in 16:46.1.
The Monticello girls won with 93 points, followed by Lakeville South with 118. Maria Hauger, Shakopee junior, won her third straight individual title in 14:04.1, edging Alexandria’s Jamie Piepenburg (14:04.8).
The Stillwater boys won with 92 points, followed by Burnsville with 115. Josh Thorson, Wayzata senior, was individual champ win 15:29.9, ten seconds ahead of Mayo senior Riley Macan.