Cross country: Spectrum girls 13th in school’s state team sports debut

Spectrum runners fidgeted at the starting line just before the opening gun. (Photo by Rand Middleton)


The Spectrum girls cross country team, making their school’s first-ever state meet appearance in team sports, placed 13th among 16 teams in Class A on Saturday at Northfield.

Esko was team champion by a 115 to 150 margin over Annandale. Clare Flanagan, Blake junior, repeated as individual champion in 14:04.1.

Anna Nielsen comes around the final turn at the state course. (Photo by Shawn Nielsen)

Spectrum was led by junior Kayla Zimmerman, who placed 81st in 16:01.6 among 175 runners.

Seventh-grader Elizabeth Hackbarth was 92nd (16:07.4), sophomore Brittney Waterhouse 110th (16:26.8), freshman Noelle Diekman 111th (16:26.9), junior Becca Peterson 136th (16:48.6), senior Anna Nielsen 142nd (16:57.9), and freshman Marisa Kuik 145th (17:05.8).

Girls Class A team scoring

1. Esko 115
2. Annandale 150
3. Minnehaha Academy 151
4. Waseca 157
5. Dover-Eyota 184
6. Blake 187
7. Perham 194
8. Adrian 204
9. Rochester Lourdes 206
10. Holdingford 212
11. Canby-Minneota-Lincoln HI 237
12. Martin County West 255
13. Spectrum 257
14. Warroad 267
15. Albany 283
16. International Falls 302

Girls Class A top five

1. Clara Flanagan, Blake, 14:04.1
2. Emi Trost, Cannon Falls, 14:16.5
3. McKenzie Holt, St. Cloud Christian, 14:29.8
4. Emily Mantor, United South Central, 14:39.5
5. Marisa Shady, Esko, 14:44.8

Kayla Zimmerman led the Sting at state, placing 81st. (Photo by Shawn Nielsen)

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