Farmington’s Anna Fenske 2nd in girls race
A number of teams ranked in the state coaches association preseason polls gathered at Rosemount High School for an early 2-mile test.
White Bear Lake ran to a convincing victory in the Irish Invitational varsity boys meet Friday morning. The Bears were one of six teams in the top 11 of the Class AA preseason poll to compete.
Farmington junior Anna Fenske finished second in the girls varsity race, where Stillwater edged Minnetonka by three points for the team championship. Stillwater came into the meet ranked fourth in Class AA.
White Bear Lake had four individuals in the top 19 to score 77 points in the boys meet, 30 fewer than second-place Eden Prairie. White Bear Lake was 10th in the state rankings and Eden Prairie was second. Fifth-ranked St. Paul Highland Park was third in the Irish Invitational, two points behind Eden Prairie.
Highland Park senior Oliver Paleen, second in the Class AA individual rankings, was boys medalist in 9 minutes, 40.3 seconds, with Mackinon Mokoro of Osseo second in 9:47.8. Top runner from the South Suburban Conference was Prior Lake junior Gabe Smith, who placed fourth.
Eagan was fifth in the boys team standings. The Wildcats’ top four runners were senior Paul Schmitter (13th) and juniors Samuel Marshall (16th), Andre Huston (17th) and Michael Marshall (20th). They finished within eight seconds of each other.
Seventh-place Rosemount was led by junior Getinat Asfaw, who placed 15th individually. Farmington was eighth, with Tigers senior Noah Revels coming in 21st.
Apple Valley put only five runners in the boys varsity race and finished 15th of 29 teams. Eagles sophomore Abdikafi Khalif was 18th individually.
Third-ranked Analee Weaver of Stillwater won the girls varsity race in 11:14.2. Farmington’s Fenske was second in 11:23.2. Fenske, a junior, has finished in the top three in the last three state meets, including a Class AA individual championship in 2016.
Rosemount eighth-grader Daisy Islas placed 11th in 12:05.5 and led the Irish to sixth in the team standings. Kate Beckwith, the only senior in Rosemount’s varsity lineup, placed 19th.
Farmington was the seventh-place girls team with Fenske’s younger sister Mariah coming in 23rd.
Zoie Dundon was 67th individually as Burnsville finished 19th. Apple Valley was 22nd in the girls meet with junior Emma Meyer finishing 86th individually.
St. Olaf Showcase
Some of the top-ranked teams that weren’t at the Irish Invitational were in Northfield for the St. Olaf Showcase, a 5,000-meter race held on the course where the state meet will take place in November.
Mounds View, the top-ranked team in Class AA, won the boys team championship. Finishing second was Eastview, which was third in the Class AA preseason rankings. The top-ranked Class A team, Perham, took third at St. Olaf.
Eastview senior A.J. Green, a returning All-State cross country runner and two-time Class AA 800-meter champion in track and field, placed sixth in a massive field at St. Olaf. His time was 16:13.40. Thirty-nine teams and more than 860 individuals competed in the boys race.
Junior Gabriel Mahlen (10th, 16:30.20) and senior Sam Morgenstern (16th, 16:51.70) also placed in top 20 for Eastview.
Lakeville North was ninth in the boys team standings, led by senior Brandon Stachewicz (20th individually) and freshman Andrew Casey (33rd).
Sophomore Aaron Cavanaugh finished 39th for Lakeville South, which was 16th in the team standings.
Lakeville North seventh-grader Claire Vukovics finished seventh in the girls race at the St. Olaf Showcase in her varsity debut. She finished in 19:27.10 and was one of only 17 runners (out of 608) to break 20 minutes in the girls varsity race.
Lakeville North was the 15th-place girls team, with ninth-grader Bayliss Flynn finishing 83rd and eighth-grader Ella Raiche coming in 102nd.
Lakeville South was 16th, led by ninth-grader Avery Heinz, who finished 16th in 19:54.90. Sophomore Brycelyn Brewster was 39th. Cougars senior Brianne Brewster, who was fourth in the preseason Class AA individual rankings, did not run at St. Olaf.
Eastview’s girls placed 22nd at the St. Olaf Showcase. The Lightning’s top runner was junior Miranda Kerndt, who finished 64th.