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Forum staff reports, Published November 03 2012

Moorhead girls take seventh, boys ninth at state cross country meet

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Moorhead’s girls cross country team finished in seventh place at the Minnesota Class 2A state meet on Saturday.

The Spuds were led by sophomore Mallori Johnson, who took 52nd overall with a time of 15 minutes, 8.9 seconds.

Junior Avery Selberg finished 53rd while senior Taylor Janssen took 70th for the Spuds.

“The girls ran as a great pack today,” Moorhead head coach Jeremy Blake said. “They were all so close. It was great.”

On the boys side, the Spuds finished in ninth place with a total of 274 points.

Spuds seniors Matthew Lillehaugen and Ezra Olson finished in 63rd and 84th place, respectively. Lillehaugen finished with a time of 16:31.2 while Olson turned in a 16:42.1.

“Lillehaugen was tremendous,” Blake said. “He ran an extremely intelligent race and we had some great performances from others. Many of those guys ran lifetime bests.”

Fergus Falls’ Connor Danielson finished 80th individually.

Boys

Team scores: Stillwater 46, Edina 80, Wayzata 90, Owatonna 125, Rosemount 152, Bemidji 206, Centennial 227, Eastview 233, Moorhead 274, Chaska 275, White Bear Lake 276, Orono 298, Chisago Lakes 327, Elk River 331, Mounds View 333, Rochester Century 338.

Top 10: 1, Hall, Stillwater, 15:21.0. 2, Ali, Richland, 15:25.3. 3, Klecker, Hopkins, 15:25.8. 4, Burke, Edina, 15:29.2. 5, Olson, Wayzata, 15:30.3. 6, Duerr, Chaska, 15:32.4. 7, Docherty, Cretin-Derham Hall, 15:34.2. 8, Sage, St. Michael-Albertville 15:36.5. 9, Colvin, Stillwater, 15:40.6. 10, Mahmoud, Burnsville, 15:44.5.

Other area finishers

Fergus Falls: 80, Danielson, 16:40.3.

Moorhead: 63, M. Lillehaugen, 16:31.2. 84, Olson, 16:42.1. 116, Young, 17:01.2. 138, Benson, 17:14.9. 144, Jenni, 17:21.3. 146, Zbasnik, 17:25.1. 158, L. Lillehaugen, 17:45.9.

Girls

Team scores: Wayzata 50, Eagan 93, Edina 129, Forest Lake 161, East Ridge 163, Lakeville South 163, Moorhead 192, Roseville 200, Chanhassen 214, Willmar 237, Prior lake 311, Totino-Grace 315, Chaska 319, Mounds View 323, Lakeville North 336, Elk River 338.

Top 10: 1, Hauger, Shakopee, 13:42.0. 2, French, Wayzata, 13:57.6. 3, B. Hasz, Alexandria, 14:05.5. 4, Anderson, Eagan, 14:06.5. 5, Truedson, Bemidji, 14:09.5. 6, M. Hasz, Alexandria, 14:14.5. 7, Perkins, Lakeville North, 14:21.3. 8, Kosak, White Bear Lake, 14:21.8. 9, Betzler, Monticello, 14:24.0. 10, Maurer, Hill-Murray, 14:24.4.

Other area finishers

Moorhead: 52, Johnson, 15:08.9. 53, Selberg, 15:11. 70, T. Janssen, 15:18.4. 102, Kelly, 15:32.7. 103, Gruenberg, 15:33.0. 114, J. Janssen, 15:38.8 161, Hauf, 16:21.1.