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Chris Murphy, Published October 13 2012

Bye, Fargo Davies win individual and team titles at East Region girls meet

WAHPETON, N.D. – Fargo Davies cross country runner Katie Bye does not need to look far for inspiration when she’s running. She has “Believe” written on her arm for each big meet.

“Mentally it helps me,” Bye said. “It makes me stay positive no matter where I’m at in the race. It’s just something where you look down and it’s an inspirational word that keeps you going. Sometimes I can’t see it, but I always know it’s there. It’s always in the back of my mind.”

Davies is providing the proof to believe in the Eagles, as they had a winning runner for the second straight year and the winning team for the third straight year on the girls side of the North Dakota East Region meet Saturday at Bois de Sioux Golf Club in Wahpeton.

Bye took home the crown, finishing in 15 minutes, 12 seconds. That was 12 seconds ahead of Fargo South’s Madeline Strandemo and 24 seconds ahead of Grand Forks Central’s Karly Ackley.

Not bad for a freshman.

“It feels amazing,” Bye said. “It’s huge. Our goal is to do well at state, so we’re going to continue to work hard.”

For Bye, simply finishing a race is rewarding, but there’s something about helping her squad that puts a little extra on crossing the finish line.

“The rewards of finishing a race are incredible,” Bye said. “I’m just happy that I could contribute to the team. Winning as a team puts icing on the cake.”

Davies had four finishers in the top 10, as Carly Bertsch (15:42) finished sixth, Erica Johnson (15:46) finished eighth, Madison Petrick (15:50) took ninth and McKenna Vetter (16:04) finished 14th to give Davies a final score of 38 points, well ahead of second-place Fargo South (64 points) and West Fargo (81).

“Every year is a new challenge with a new group of young ladies, so it’s never a given,” Davies coach Lisa Svaleson said. “As a coaching staff, we try to tell them to run as a team and I think that’s what’s given us success as a team. Our team really raced toward their potential today. It was a very exciting day.”

Team scores: Fargo Davies 38, Fargo South 64, West Fargo 81, Fargo North 97, Grand Forks Central 100, Shanley/Oak Grove 178, Grand Forks Red River 192, Valley City 330, Wahpeton 390, Devils Lake 498.

All-conference: 1, Bye, FD, 15:12. 2, Strandemo, FS, 15:24. 3, Ackley, GFC, 15:36. 4. Dufner, WF, 15:36. 5. Backlund, S/OG, 15:40. 6. Bertsch, FD, 15:42. 7. Sarafolean, FN, 15:44. 8. Johnson, FD, 15:46. 9. Petrick, FD, 15:50. 10. Bostrom, FS, 15:51. 11. Bessler, FS, 15:54. 12. Thomas, GFC, 15:59. 13. Moore, FS, 16:02. 14. Vetter, FD, 16:04. 15. Swenson, FN, 16:14. 16. Berntson, VCH, 16:19. 17. Baltezore, WF, 16:20. 18. Grooters, WF, 16:20. 19. Harmon, FN, 16:21. 20. Ask, WF, 16:26.

Other finishers

Fargo Davies: 26, Duffield, 16:46. 36, Bertsch 17:02. 40, Zola, 17:05. 42, Rygg, 17:14. 43, Holten, 17:15. 44, Bucholz, 17:16. 48, Cwikla, 17:20. 54, McLagan, 17:25. 64, Mack, 17:37. 89, Bloom, 18:21. 95, Slette, 18:25. 96, Moser, 18:27. 97, Slette, 18:29. 98, McCullough, 18:32. 107, Conlin, 18:50. 108, Hoang, 18:51. 113, Callahan, 19:00. 115, Bauske, 19:01. 117, Wieland, 19:06. 125, Meyer, 19:19. 136, Weber, 19:43. 145, Almquist, 20:20. 153, Hayes, 20:51. 161, Crane, 21:43. 163, Benson, 21:58. 166, Lawrence, 22:17. 168, Leier, 22:52. 172, Eiler, 26:18.

Fargo North: 21, Swenson, 16:27. 35, Sarafolean, 17:01. 38, Hegstad, 17:03. 41, Astrup, 17:13. 53, Erickson, 17:25.66, Hammes, 17:38. 70. Gross, 17:42. 72, Wenaas, 17:50. 77. Grieger, 17:58. 82. Reinholz, 18:10. 86. Holman, 18:16. 91. Dorsey, 18:22. 106. Kreidlkamp, 18:49. 111, Swenson, 18:59. 118, Watson, 19:07. 126 Swenson, 19:23. 128, Dravitz, 19:33. 130. Sarafolean, 19:35. 132, Labor, 19:36. 133, Wenaas, 19:37. 141, Hersch, 20:02. 149, Leach, 20:32. 152, Dizon, 20:43. 155, Larson, 21:01. 158, Lambert, 21:23. 165. Blevins, 22:14. 167, McGurran, 22:47.

Shanley/Oak Grove: 30, McManus, 16:54. 32, Simon, 16:55. 52, Baumler, 17:24. 59, Rivard, 17:30. 62. Mistry, 17:32. 75, Sawchuck, 17:54. 76, Aune, 17:55. 83. Baumler, 18:13. 101, DuBord, 18:38. 110, Freeberg, 18:53. 112, Girtz, 19:00. 120, Marsolek, 19:09. 139, Day, 20:00. 142, Grettum, 20:03. 160, Cowles, 21:29. 171, Marsolek, 24:02.

West Fargo: 22, Young, 16:31. 24, Dullum, 16:34. 29, Milbrath, 16:52. 45, Cleary, 17:18. 50, Kulla, 17:23. 55, Huseby, 17:26. 60, Kelsey, 17:30. 61, Rosenau, 17:32. 74. Schwark, 17:54. 93, Urlaub, 18:24. 109, Miller, 18:52. 123, Sand, 19:13. 127, Stith, 19:30. 131, Karnopp, 19:36. 144, Salou, 20:12. 146, Flom, 20:21.


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