BHS Cross Country Schedule
Sept. 3 at Moorhead Invite 4 p.m.
Sept. 11 MOORHEAD, BRAINERD 4 p.m.
Sept. 17 at Alexandria Invite 4 p.m.
Sept. 24 SAUK, APOLLO 4 p.m.
Sept. 29 St. Cloud Tech Invite 4 p.m.
Oct. 10 Alexandria Invite 4 p.m.
**All Home Meets at Greenwood Golf Course
Bailey Drewes, a 2011 graduate of Bemidji High School, finished 66th out of 390 runners in the women's race at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta on Feb. 29 with a time of 2 hours, 42 minutes, 11 seconds. The top-three finishers in the women's and men's races earned spots on the 2020 U.S. Olympic team that will travel to Tokyo this summer. A graduate of the College of St. Benedict, Drewes now resides in Ithaca, N.Y., where she works as a nutrition research coordinator for Cornell University.
Bemidji Pioneer Article:
For Bailey Drewes, a clinical research coordinator in the Division of Nutritional Sciences & former BHS Lumberjack Female Athlete of the Year in 2011, competitive running offered not just exercise but camaraderie.
Drewes & her training partner, Chelsea Benson, ran during middle school, high school and college, but didn’t feel they found their niche – or their community – until they started running marathons.
“I never ever would have imagined that I’d qualify for the Olympic trials,” Drewes said. “I didn’t feel like I reached my full potential in high school or college – I think I’ve always been a long-distance person. Running the marathon, I finally found where my heart was.”
Since qualifying for the trials – which, for women, requires running the 26.2-mile event in 2 hours, 45 minutes or faster – their goal has shifted to reaching the more elite “A” standard, requiring a 2:37 time. Their passion for marathon running reflects a nationwide trend: 511 women qualified for the 2020 Olympic marathon trials, compared with 198 in 2016.
They’re also active members of the local running community. Benson is among the organizers of a local Facebook group, Ithaca Runners, open to anyone in the area who is interested in running.
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.
Nathan Alto and Nicholas Youso led the charge for the Bemidji High School cross country team Tuesday at the St. Cloud Tech Invite. The BHS duo finished first and second individually to help the Lumberjack boys to a first-place showing at Boulder Ridge Golf Course.
Mia Hoffman paced the Bemidji girls to a second-place team finish by taking fourth individually.
The Lumberjacks have one regular-season meet remaining. They’ll travel to Alexandria for a triangular against the Cardinals and Moorhead.
Bemidji will then host the Section 8AA meets at Greenwood Golf Course on Oct. 15 for the boys race and Oct. 16 for the girls race.
While a Lumberjack has often been first to cross the finish line this season, that’s not where the success ends for the Bemidji High School boys cross country team.
BHS racked up six top-eight individual finishes at Thursday’s home meet at Greenwood Golf Course, again leaning on depth to secure its fourth first-place finish in as many meets.
On the girls side, BHS topped the leaderboard for the first time this season, edging St. Cloud Apollo by one point. Mia Hoffman also notched a first, as she outmatched the field and won by a whopping 1:35.2 over second place.
In perhaps a first, the meet also faced a bear delay of about 20 minutes. The sighting pushed back the meet until the bear cleared out of the area and the course was safe to run.
“It made for an interesting day,” Aylesworth laughed. “Probably one I will never forget.”
Bemidji will hope for a bear-less meet when it next takes part in a meet against St. Cloud Tech and Willmar at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in St. Cloud.
After an offseason unlike any other, the Bemidji High School cross country team was back on its old stomping grounds at Greenwood Golf Course on Friday. In the team’s second meet of the season, the Lumberjacks witnessed two pairs of runners make the podium in both the boys and girls 5K races.
Second- and third-place finishes by Nathan Alto (16:37.5) and Nick Youso (17:01.4) guided the BHS boys to a first-place team performance in the triangular. Mia Hoffman (21:15.7) and Addison Maish (21:29.3) also placed second and third, respectively, as the Bemidji girls took third.
The Lumberjack boys totaled 22 points to finish ahead of Moorhead (43) and Brainerd (64). The Spud girls secured first place with 29 points, while Brainerd (45) took second and Bemidji (54) third.
The Lumberjacks will next head to Alexandria for a triangular with the Cardinals and Willmar at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. One week after that, BHS will be back at Greenwood for a home meet with Sauk Rapids-Rice and St. Cloud Apollo on Sept. 24.
Head Varsity Coach
Phone: 333-3100 (BMS)
Cross Country (Boys & Girls):
1. Informational Zoom Mtg Thursday, Aug 13, 6pm
(Email firstname.lastname@example.org for link)
2. Tryouts August 17-21 from 8-10am.
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