Cross country: On to state for Spectrum girls team, and an 8th-grade boy

The Spectrum Sting girls beamed as they displayed their Section 5A second-place plaque at Milaca. (Photo by Rick Peterson)

The Spectrum Sting girls beamed as they displayed their Section 5A second-place plaque at Milaca. From left are Elizabeth Hackbarth, Marissa Kuik, Maria Novotny, Brittney Waterhouse, Christina Grasso, Kayla Zimmerman, Haley Hagen, Emily Nelson
 (Photo by Rick Peterson)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Spectrum girls cross country team will run at state for the second straight year after placing second behind Annandale on Thursday in Section 5A.

They’ll have a boy teammate with them this time as eighth-grader Zack Anderson became the first Sting male to qualify for state.

The Sting girls, ranked 10th in Class A, beat 22 teams while placing a distant second behind No. 1 ranked Annandale, at Stone’s Throw Golf Club in Milaca.
Annandale and Spectrum were also 1-2 last year.

Zach Anderson earned a slot at Northfield by placing ninth. (Photo by Rick Peterson)

Zack Anderson earned a slot at Northfield by placing ninth. (Photo by Rick Peterson)

The Sting had Kayla Zimmerman in 8th place (15:16), Elizabeth Hackbarth 9th (15:19), Brittany Waterhouse 13th (15:40), Becca Peterson 29th (15:55), and Marissa Kuik 35th (16:59).

“The girls have been running well. We gave second-ranked Trinity a good run, too, at conference,” said coach Rick Peterson. “And we got our first boy in state!”

Annandale had the top two runners in Elizabeth Schlafke (14:46.3) and Courtney Alma (14:46.8) and totaled 53 points.

Also in the top five were Spectrum 89, Mora 108, Maple Lake 138 and Norwood-Young America 151, among 24 teams.

Anderson finished 9th in 17:17, becoming the rare junior-high-age boy to qualify for state.

The Sting boys team placed 12th. Next-highest finisher was Wyatt Barnier in 87th place.

Mora was team champion while Alex Wischnack of Norwood-Young America was individual winner in 16:42.

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