Cross country: Spectrum girls 2nd in section, qualify for state

The Spectrum girls showed off their runner-up trophy. From left:Becca Peterson, Anna Nielsen, Noelle Diekman, Kayla Zimmerman, Elizabeth Hackbarth, Marissa Kuik, Brittney Waterhouse, Emily Evangelist, Emily Nelson. (Photo by Rick Peterson) 

The Spectrum girls cross country team became their school’s first group to qualify for a state meet on Thursday when they placed second in the Section 5A meet.

The Sting, a second-year team coached by Rick Peterson, were runners-up to Annandale in an 18-team meet at Pierz.

They will run in the state meet next Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

Elizabeth Hackbarth, a seventh-grader, led the Sting with an eighth-place finish in 15:41.30. Kayla Zimmerman, a junior, was 16th in 16:10.30.

The other three counting scores ran in a pack as sophomore Brittany Waterhouse was 19th in 16:12.00, Noelle Diekman 20th in 16:14.70, and junior Becca Peterson 20th in 16:17.30.
The Sting also had freshman Marissa Kuik 33rd in 16:48.50 and senior Anna Neilson 34th in 16:51.80.

The top five teams were Annandale 60, Spectrum 85, St. Cloud Cathedral 112, Maple Lake 117 and Providence Academy 167.

McKenzie Holt, Cathedral junior, ran away from the pack to win in 14:36.90.

Annandale was led by freshman Elizabeth Schlafke,  second place with 15:0.00, and  junior Courtney Alana, fourth in 15:14.10.