Cross country: Elk boys 14th, girls 16th at state meet

Rachel Ness (981), who led the Elk River girls in 57th place, ran with a pack up an incline early in the race. (Photo by Michelle Haugen)


Elk River cross country enjoyed the experience of having both teams running at the state meet  Saturday although both squads were back in the pack.

The Elk boys placed 14th and the girls 16th, each in a 16-team field, at St. Olaf College in Northfield. This marked the first time the Elks had both teams at state.

Ryan Trapp (712,  middle), Elk senior, picked up speed in the early stages. (Photo by Michelle Haugen)


Top Elk finishers were two freshmen with Rachel Ness leading the girls in 57th place and Lucas Trapp leading the boys in 74th place.

The Stillwater boys swept top honors as the Ponies won team by a 46 to 80 margin over runner-up Edina, and senior Wayde Hall was first into the chute in 15:21.

Elk River’s Maria Brown, Gracie Scheid and Gabbi Jung, wearing team No. 5, ran in a pack early in the race. (Photo by Michelle Haugen)


The Wayzata girls were team champion by a 50 to 93 edge over runner-up Eagan, while Shakopee senior Maria Hauger cruised to her fourth straight individual title in 13:42.0.

Lucas Trapp finished 5,000 meters in 16:38.6 for 74th place. He was 114th last year in 17:19. Among eight freshmen in the state field, Trapp was third.

Lucas Trapp led the Elks, placing 74th among 176, and third-best among eight freshmen in the race. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)

Ryan Trapp, a senior, was 89th (16:45.3), followed by junior Breck Hickman in 125th (17:07.5), senior Nate Webster 159th (17:50.2), sophomore Alex Holm 166th (18:09.7), sophomore Sam Gearou 167th (18:09.7) and junior Joe Martin 171st (18:23.2) among 176 runners.

Ness finished 4,000 meters in 15:12.2 for 57th place, two places better than last year when she ran 15:23.

Next for the Elks was eighth-grader Kennedy Warner in 74th place (15:20.6), senior Anna Haugen 150th (16:11.5),  junior Kailey Erdahl 154th (16:15.4), eighth-grader Maria Brown 159th (16:19.6), and sophomore Gabby Jung 162nd (16:25.1).


Elk River’s Joe Martin and Sam Gearou ran at Northfield. Gearou has also reached state three times in tennis. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)


Boys Class AA team scoring

1. Stillwater 46
2. Edina 80
3. Wayzata 90
4. Owatonna 125
5. Rosemount 152
6. Bemidji 206
7. Centennial 226
8.  Eastview 233
9. Moorhead 274
10. Chaska 275
11. White Bear Lake 276
12. Orono 298
13. Chisago Lakes 327
14. Elk River 331
15. Mounds View 333
16. Rochester Century 338

Elk River’s Breck Hickman (713) strided along the course. (Photo by Michelle Haugen)


Boys Class AA top five

1. Wayde Hall, Stillwater, 15:21.0
2. Obsa Ali, Richfield, 15:25.3
3. Joe Klecker, Hopkins, 15:25.8
4. Will Burke, Edina, 15:29.2
5. Connor Olson, Wayzata, 15:30.3

Anna Haugen (883) picked up her knees on the punishing final hill at the St. Olaf course. Maria Brown and Gabbi Jung are the last two runners seen here. (Photo by Michelle Haugen)


Girls Class AA team scoring

1. Wayzata 50
2. Eagan 93
3. Edina 129

Kailey Erdahl of the Elks strained toward the finish. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)

4. Forest Lake 161
5. East Ridge  163 (tie-breaker)
6. Lakeville South 163
7. Moorhead 192
8. Roseville 200
9. Chanhassen 214
10. Willmar 237
11. Prior Lake 311
12. Totino-Grace 315
13. Chaska 319
14. Mounds View  323
15. Lakeville South 336
16. Elk River  338

Girls Class AA top five

1. Maria Hauger, Shakopee, 13:42.0
2. Anna French, Wayzata, 13:57.6
3. Bethany Hasz, Alexandria, 14:05.5
4. Danielle Anderson, Eagan, 14:06.5
5. Jenna Truedson, Bemidji, 14:09.3