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Lancers start season in full stride in Tracy

Leah Jessen finishes 2nd overall to lead C/M/L girls to 1st-place finish in opening meet; C/M/L boys finish in 3rd

September 7, 2012
By Travis Andries ( , Marshall Independent

TRACY- Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI cross country runners opened their season on a high note at Tracy Cross Country Club on Thursday. The C/M/L boys finished in third place behind Redwood Valley and Worthington, while the Lancer girls took first place. Four other area schools also sent runners to the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton home meet.

Leading the way for the C/M/L girls was Leah Jessen, who out-legged Adrian's Jordin Kopplow to the finish line. Her time of 16 minutes, 20 seconds placed her second overall, 15 seconds behind Redwood Valley's Kayla Huhnerkoch and a second ahead of Kopplow.

The Lancers placed three additional runners in the top ten: Amanda Grengs (5th), Natalie Dinius (7th) and Sydney Sisk (8th). The three runners provided the results necessary to "pleasantly surprise" C/M/L head coach Beth Jessen.

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Leah Jessen of Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI, third from left, tries to out pace her competitors, from left, Jordin Kopplow, Kayla Huhnerkoch, and Megan Sauer. Jessen and the Lancer girls would take first at the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton cross country meet Thursday at Tracy Country Club.

"Amanda Grengs was more like our fourth or fifth runner last year," Jessen said. "She placed fifth overall today. She really did a fantastic job for us. Natalie Dinius too, she's just an 8th grader, and Sydney Sisk, those two really pulled up and got stronger and just really understand how the whole system works now."

Rounding out the qualifying times for the Lancers was Ashley Grengs, who finished 19th with a time of 17:55.

"She kind of went down there at the end," Jessen said of Grengs. "She got passed by about 10 kids right at the end. So that was kind of a bummer."

Fact Box

Girls Team Results: 1. Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI 41, 2. Adrian 59, 3. Redwood Valley 84, 4. Worthington 128, 5. Murray County Central 149, 6. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 180.

Top 10 Individuals

1. Kayla Huhnerkoch (RV) 16:05; 2. Leah Jessen (C/M/L) 16:20; 3. Jordin Kopplow (Adrian) 16:21; 4. Megan Sauer (Adrian) 16:29; 5. Amanda Grengs (C/M/L) 16:47; 6. Morgan Sauer (Adrian) 16:49; 7. Natalie Dinius (C/M/L) 17:03; 8. Sydney Sisk (C/M/L) 17:14; 9. Kari Schumacher (Sleepy Eye St. Mary's/Sleepy Eye/New Ulm Cathedral) 17:17; 10. Mary Fixsen (RV) 17:17.

C/M/L Top Individuals

2. Jessen 16:05; 5. Am. Grengs 16:47; 7. Dinius 17:03; 8. Sisk 17:14; 19. Ashley Grengs 17:55.

MCC Top Individuals

14. Sariah Cheadle 17:38; 17. Melissa Gehl 17:53; 28. Maddie Dibble 19:05; 29. Breanna Breberg 19:15; 61. Jamie Schnoor 21:35.

TMB Top Individuals

20. Elodie Tholen 17:56; 23. Nichole Iverson 18:12; 38. Cassandra Iverson 19:49;

47. Galiya Bitton 20:29; 62. Ellie Tiegs 21:55.

Yellow Medicine East Individuals

43. Morgan Field 20:12; 54. Michelle Dinesen 21:09/ 64. Allison Carmany 22:14.

Lakeview Individuals

67. Samantha Butterfield 23:50.

Boys Team Results: 1. Redwood Valley 27; 2. Worthington 36; 3. Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI 111; 4. Windom 177; 5. Yellow Medicine East 195; 6. Murray County Central 204; 7. Springfield-Cedar Mountain 226; 8. BOLD 233; 9. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 262; 10. Sleepy Eye St. Mary's/Sleepy Eye/New Ulm Cathedral 341.

Top 10 Individuals

1. Ryan Phillips (RV) 17:27; 2. Alex Amunrud (RV) 17:37; 3. Amanuel Fissiha (Worthington) 17:38; 4. Dillon Thooft (RV) 17:58; 5. Ethan Spittle (Worthington) 17:58; 6. Nick Von Mosch (RV) 18:13; 7. Matthew Jirele (Worthington) 18:15; 8. Jacob Carroll (YME) 18:23; 9. McKinley Johansen (C/M/L) 18:24; 10. Anthony Luft (Worthington) 18: 25.

C/M/L Top Individuals

9. M. Johansen 18:24; 18. Wyatt Johansen 19:06; 22. Travis Dinius 19:22; 27. Bill Deslaueriers 19:49; 35. Levi Citrowski 21:02.

YME Top Individuals

8. Carroll 18:23; 33. Isaac Rillo 20:07; 41. Sergey Schuler 21:18; 55. Clint Thomas 21:56; 58. Austin Thomas 22:02.

MCC Top Individuals

21. Andy Garza 19:15; 26. Aaron Booke 19:47; 44. Jack Erickson 21:24; 52. Nate Beech 21:47; 61. Christ Ellens 22:07.

TMB Top Individuals

17. Matt LaVoy 19:02; 34. Ben Alberg 20:58; 59. Nick Timmer 22:03; 74. Mark DeSmith 23:15; 78. Shane Parker 23:35.

Regardless of the injury, C/M/L managed an 18-point victory over second place Adrian. The Dragons, who also had three runners finish in the top 10, accumulated 59 points.

Murray County Central and TMB were the only other two local schools to send a full team to the girls meet. MCC finished fifth with 149 points, while TMB took sixth with 180.

Sariah Cheadle finished 18th with a time of 17:38 to pace the Rebels. The top finisher for the Panthers was Elodie Tholen, who came in 20th place with a time of 17:56.

Redwood Valley took third place in the girls' meet with 84 points, while Worthington was fourth with 128.

C/M/L was the top placed team from the area in the boys' meet as well, but were unable to duplicate the first-place finish of their girls' team, taking third instead.

Part of the reason for the finish was the absence of top Lancer runner Nick Stoks, who was out with a strained hamstring.

" He would have probably won the meet," Jessen said. "But we're going to take it easy. He's not going to run in Marshall either. Hopefully it's just a temporary thing."

The larger reason for third place was the utter domination shown by Redwood Valley and Worthington, who finished first and second respectively. The Cardinals had four individuals finish in the top six spots and earned 27 points as a team. The Trojans placed four runners in the top ten as well and finished with 36 points.

C/M/L was a distant, but comfortable third with 111 points, 66 points ahead of fourth-place Windom. Yellow Medicine East rounded out the top five with a score of 204.

YME also had the top area individual. Jacob Carroll finished eighth with a time of 18:23, just one second ahead of the Lancer's top finisher McKinley Johansen. Matt LaVoy, of TMB, paced the ninth placed Panthers with a time of 19:02, good enough for 17th place. Wyatt Johansen was the second Lancer to cross the finish line, just four seconds after LaVoy.

Andy Garza was the first Rebel to finish. His time of 19:15 put him in 21st place and seven seconds ahead of C/M/L's Travis Dinius in 22nd place.

Billy Deslauriers (27th) and Levi Citrowski (35th) were the other qualifying finishers for the Lancers.

The first meet of the season for the Lancers and other local teams almost didn't happen as extreme weather struck just before the scheduled start. Event organizers chose to wait out the storm, which caused an hour-long delay and dumped pea-sized hail as close as Garvin Park.

Each of the area teams that ran on Thursday will also take part in a meet Monday in Marshall.



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