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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Sleepy Eye girls place seventh at Section meet

  • The Sleepy Eye girls cross country team placed seventh out of 19 teams at the Section Meet on Oct. 24 in Montgomery.
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  • The Sleepy Eye girls cross country team placed seventh out of 19 teams at the Section Meet on Oct. 24 in Montgomery.
     
    It was a brisk, 44 degree day at Montgomery National Golf Course where over 20 teams ran the course for a chance to compete at the State Meet on Nov. 2. Eighth grader Brianna Polesky had the best finish for the Sleepy Eye athletes, placing 25th with a 4K time of 16:36.97. Behind her was freshman Jenny Lax, who took 39th. Coach Scott DeMaris said he was happy to see the girls do so well.
     
    “I was very pleased as this was our highest section finish in many years,” DeMaris said. “We only had a 68 second spread between our number one runner and our number seven runner. This pack running was a big key to our success throughout this year. Every one of the girls showed a lot of grit with fast kicks on the uphill finishing stretch.”
     
    For the boys, junior Stephen Joyce placed 46th with a 5K run of 18:29.1 to lead the boys to a 16th place finish overall, which was also an improvement over last year. Behind Joyce was sophomore Ben Jakobitz and junior Nick DeMaris who ran the course together and placed 84th and 85th.
     
    Unfortunately, none of the Sleepy Eye athletes qualified to compete at the State Finals. Only the top two teams and the top 10 individuals outside of the individuals in the top two teams qualified to compete at State.
     
    Girls
    Team Scores: 1,* Waseca 53; 2,* Fairmont 82; 3, Martin County West 116; 4, Mankato Loyola/Cleveland 171; 5, Belle Plaine 176; 6, LCWM/Nicollet 204; 7, Sleepy Eye/NUC 213; 8, St. James Area 222; 9, St. Peter 243; 10, United South Central 257; 11, WEM-JWP 305; 12, Tri City United 306; 13, Blue Earth Area 311; 14, Maple River 340; 15, Minnesota Valley Lutheran 349; 16, Le Sueur-Henderson 423; 17, Sibley East-Arlington 455; 18, NRHEG 493; 19, Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther 573.
     
    Local Results: 26, Brianna Polesky 16:36.97; 39, Jenny Lax 17:12.66; 49, Cassidy Hacker 17:28.77; 50, Mary Joyce 17:31.49; 55, Mariah Salfer 17:38.09; 60, Emily Schumacher 17:41.65; 64, Kira DeMaris 17:44.83.
     
    Boys
    Team Scores: 1,* Waseca 50; 2,* Martin County West 51; 3, Mankato Loyola/Cleveland 146; 4, Tri City United 151; 5, LCWM/Nicollet 162; 6, Belle Plaine 182; 7, GFW 187; 8, United South Central 201; 9, Blue Earth Area 265; 10, Fairmont 280; 11, St. James Area 314; 12, NRHEG 316; 13, Maple River 350; 14, Sibley East-Arlington 371; 15, WEM-JWP 411; 16, Sleepy Eye/NUC 421; 17, Le Sueur-Henderson 437; 18, St. Peter 473; 19, Minnesota Valley Lutheran 478; 20, Medford 526.
     
    Local Results: 46, Stephen Joyce 18:29.1; 84, Ben Jakobitz 19:27.2; 85, Nick DeMaris 19:28.3; 95, Ruben Astorga 19:45.7; 111, Zac Long 20:27; 127, Caleb Kirchberg 21:18.6; 129, Isaac Nelson 21:48.4.
     
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