The Bemidji High School boys cross country team took 14th out of 16 teams while Regan DeWitt and Gwen Youso each finished in the top half individually for the girls at the Class AA state meet Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Junior Gage Mostad led the way for the boys, finishing 41st with a time of 16:27.8, followed closely by Riley Berg in 53rd (16:41.1) and Nicholas Youso in 61st (16:54.1).
In the girls race, eighth grader DeWitt finished in a personal-best 19 minutes, 18 seconds flat for 71st place, and Gwen Youso followed in 86th (19:32.2) to finish in the top half of the 175 runners, which had been their goal going in, according to Aylesworth.
The Bemidji High School boys cross country team missed out on the Class AA state meet for the first time in six years a season ago, but this year, the Lumberjacks are once again headed to St. Olaf College, along with Regan DeWitt and Gwen Youso for the girls, to compete against Minnesota’s best on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The Lumberjacks will have a pep rally at the end of the school day today before heading to the cities the morning of Friday, Nov. 2. On Friday, they will head to the course to get a feel for how it’s laid out before attending the state meet banquet. The race itself starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, for the boys, with the girls to follow at 11.
After a one-year absence, the Bemidji High School boys cross country team is headed back to the Class AA state meet. A pair of girls runners also qualified for state with their performances at Thursday’s Section 8AA meet in Thief River Falls.
The Lumberjack boys advanced to state five straight years from 2012 to 2016, and will return this year after their second-place finish of 60 points at Northland Community and Technical College.
The Class AA state cross country meet will be the Lumberjacks’ destination Saturday, Nov. 3 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Monday-7:30 am at the High School or Movil Maze every other week
Tuesday-7:05 pm at Diamond Point (Meet at Outdoor Program Center building)
Wednesday-8 am at the High School (run on high school campus/trails/roads behind school)
Thursday-7:00 pm Country Club parking Lot-far end (We run into the State Park)
Saturday-9:00am Country Club Parking Lot
-Athletes going into 7th or 8th grade-try to run 2-4 days a week if possible.
-Athletes going into 9th grade-Start in June running 3-4 days a week then build to 4-5 days a week in July.
-10-12 grade students should try to start with 4-5 days a week and build to 6-7 days a wk by July.
Try to stretch, Do S.A.M. after every run and do some pushups/situps/core 3-4 times a week.
-Make sure to do the Lunge Matrix (LM) and Leg Swings (LS) before you run each time. Start with 5 lunges each direction the first few times.
Here is a link to the lunge matrix video so you can review what to do:
-Make sure to do the SAM session after each run
Here is a link to a youtube video so you remember what to do:
Seniors Sadie Hamrin and Linaes Whiting were honored as this year’s Lumberjack Athletes of the Year.
Hamrin earned nearly countless varsity letters and went to several state tournaments throughout her time as a Lumberjack. As a senior, she was captain of the cross country, nordic skiing and track and field teams. Perhaps Hamrin’s most impressive skill is away from the courses and tracks, as she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in violin performance at the Baylor School of Music, starting in the fall.
Whiting has spent time on six different BHS varsity teams, including five in each school year since he was a sophomore. This year he was in soccer, football and cross country in the fall, basketball in the winter, and this spring he decided to go out for baseball instead of his usual spring sport, track and field.
Bemidji Pioneer Article:
The Bemidji High School boys and girls cross country teams presented postseason awards at their annual banquet earlier this month.
Some members of the Lumberjacks also ran at the Nike Heartland Regional Cross Country meet in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Nov. 12. The Nike meet at the Yankton Park trails served as the regional race for Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.
Bemidji High School senior Sadie Hamrin ran in the Class AA state cross country meet for the sixth straight year and earned all-state honors for the third time Saturday, finishing 24th with a time of 18:51.2 at St. Olaf College.
Along with Hamrin, Soren Dybing’s cross country career as a Lumberjack also came to a close at state. He finished 58th in the boys race with a 16:28.7 finish.