The Lumberjacks return to the MSHSL State Cross Country Meet thanks to a second-place finish in Thursday’s Section 8AA meet in Cold Spring. Bemidji’s boys team qualified for state five straight years from 2012-16. After a brief absence in 2017, the Jacks are now back for the second year in a row.
BHS finished second among the 16 teams with 57 points. Willmar was first with 50 points to also qualify for state as a team. The top two teams qualify for state, as do the top eight individuals not from the qualifying teams.
The Lumberjack girls placed fifth with 166 points, while Alexandria (42) and Willmar (49) reserved the state bids as teams. Regan DeWitt placed 20th overall with a 19:46.6 time, which was 10 seconds and two places shy of qualifying as an individual.
The Class AA boys state meet will commence at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Olaf College in Northfield.