Competing in its seventh state meet in eight years, the Bemidji High School boys cross country team finished 10th out of 16 Class AA teams Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Senior Gage Mostad led the way individually placing 21st overall, as the Lumberjacks logged 232 points to earn the top-10 team finish.
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.
It was podium finishes all around Tuesday evening for the Bemidji High School cross country team at its home Bemidji Invitational.
The Lumberjack boys and girls each placed second in the team standings, while BHS individuals also finished in the top three of their respective races at a chilly Greenwood Golf Course. Freshman Regan DeWitt clocked a time of 19:52.0 to finish runner-up in the girls race, while senior Gage Mostad took third in the boys race with a time of 16:22.9.
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