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Chris Murphy, Published October 13 2012

North's Bjorlie breaks free for East Region boys cross country title

WAHPETON, N.D. – Fargo North’s Tanner Bjorlie has had the best view of the accomplishments of Fargo Davies’ Branden Scheel. He’s been running right behind him.

Bjorlie finished second at last year’s North Dakota East Region cross country meet behind Scheel, fifth at state in the two-mile behind Scheel’s fourth-place finish, and 0.4 seconds behind Scheel in a cross country meet earlier this season.

On Saturday, at the East Region meet at the Bois de Sioux Golf Club, Bjorlie was behind no one, taking the individual crown with a run of 16 minutes, 14 seconds.

“I’ve been battling against Scheel ever since I started running,” Bjorlie said. “I never truly was able to beat him. I really wanted this one. I just had to be really strong and trust my training and give everything I had.”

Scheel crossed the finished line 11 seconds after Bjorlie and collapsed with his head in his hands. The first person there to pat him on the back was Bjorlie.

“He’s a really strong runner and a great competitor,” Bjorlie said. “I wanted to pace myself and then turn it up at the end. I had to fight through the pain in the last mile.”

Bjorlie may have won the battle, but Fargo Davies won the war, winning the team crown with 62 points, ahead of West Fargo (67) and Fargo North (85). Bjorlie wasn’t the only one looking to overcome a familiar foe.

“West Fargo won last year and we’ve been battling back and forth with them because they have such an outstanding squad,” Davies coach Jason Holland said. “It’s just a pleasure to be able to compete with them, and it’s an exciting day.”

Davies had five runners finish in the top 20 to take home the win. Scheel took second place to go along with Evan Kosstick’s 12th-place finish (17:13), Ethan Norstog’s 13th-place finish (17:16), Benjamin Bitter’s 16th-place finish (17:21) and Jace Duffield’s 19th-place finish (17:23).

“They had a really good week of practice and we have a lot of seniors that have been here before,” Holland said. “They knew exactly what to do. We’d like to take some of this momentum going into state, knowing that we can race the race we raced today and put together another good one at the end of the season.”

Team scores: Fargo Davies 62, West Fargo 67, Fargo North 85, Grand Forks Red River 92, Shanley/Oak Grove 100, Grand Forks Central 102, Fargo South 295, Devils Lake 352, Wahpeton 386, Valley City 581.

All-conference: 1, Bjorlie, FN, 16:14. 2, Scheel, FD, 16:25. 3, Startz, S/OG, 16:26. 4, Weist, FN, 16:44. 5, Startz, S/OG, 16:51. 6, Baltezore, WF, 16:54. Tingum, GFR, 17:01. 8, Albrecht, WF, 17:04. 9, Leach, GFR, 17:04. 10, Aswege, WF, 17:05. 11, Roehl, GFC, 17:08. 12, Kottsick, FD, 17:13. 13, Norstog, FD, 17:16. 14, Ackley, GFC, 17:18. 15, Rosenau, WF, 17:19. 16, Bitter, FD, 17:21. 17, Torrey, GFC, 17:22. 18, Knutson, GFR, 17:23. 19, Duffield, FD, 17:23. 20, Thompson, FS, 17:25.

Other finishers

Fargo Davies: 23, Mehring, 17:32. 26, Griffin, 17:46. 34, Henne, 18:19. 38, Clow, 18:23. 42, Bauske, 18:29. 45, Eide, 18:36. 49, Eddy, 18:47. 66, Butler, 19:31. 67, Haggard, 19:31. 74, Teigen, 19:39. 94, Wensel, 20:07. 97, Brye, 20:12. 104, Pettinger, 20:38. 112, Nemer, 21:09. 120, Isakson, 21:26. 124, Paulik, 21:32. 135, Larson, 22:22. 142, Apte, 22:51. 1476, McPherson 25:52.

Fargo North: 24, Lehman, 17:44. 27, Hegstad, 17:47. 29, Daly, 17:54. 33, Quibell, 18:12. 47, Bell-Clement, 18:38. 53, Harms, 18:59. 54, Goldader, 19:02. 56, Fisher, 19:04. 57, Lehr, 19:07. 62, Schmeiss, 19:19. 68, Fossum, 19:32. 70, Jones, 19:35. 71, Schilling, 19:36. 84, Hoeg, 19:52. 86, Ellingson, 19:53. 88, Modi, 19:54.113, Sklebar, 21:09. 115, McCollum, 21:17. 128, Wenzel, 21:50. 129, Underdahl, 21:55.

Fargo South: 48, Ahlness, 18:39. 65, Lynch, 19:30. 80, Gingrich, 19:48. 82, Sassi, 19:49. 89, Trefethern, 19:57. 91, Postema, 19:58. 92, Simonson 20:02. 93, Sailer, 20:06. 96. Barnett, 20:12. 99. Stinar, 20:22. 116, Reiken, 21:20. 117, Curfman, 21:22. 121, Kloubeck, 21:27.

Shandley/Oak Grove: 21, Pederson, 17:29. 30, Conant, 17:59. 41, Olson, 18:28. 43, Christensen, 18:31. 44, Lantz, 18:31. 72, Nesler, 19:38. 87, Brock, 19:54. 108, Brock, 20:59. 111, Opitz, 21:06. 137, Noah, 22:31.

West Fargo: 28, Coles, 17:49. 31, Schulz, 18:07. 32, Schaeffer, 18:09. 55, Pergande, 19:03. 58, Peterson, 19:11. 73, Dent, 19:38. 77, Hewitt, 19:42. 79, Boehmeier, 19:48. 83, Dvorak, 19:51. 95, Pieper, 20:10. 105, Dufner, 20:54. 114, Kooyer, 21:10. 122, Durbin, 21:29. 127, Schock, 21:43. 131, Kroke, 22:17.


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