NXN Heartland teams


So… what kind of competition are we looking at for the Heartland regional this upcoming season?


eden prairie, edina and wayzata. all from the same section in minnesota and personally i think under ranked in the nation.


New High School program in Fargo ND is being phased in this year:

While it appears that the new Fargo Davies High School (the Eagles) will split the Fargo South (Bruins) student body fully by next year, this year some programs will remain co-op’d together where the Davies Eagles don’t have sufficient participation to support teams; furthermore this year’s juniors and seniors are mostly Bruins. The Eagles will field their own xc teams, though they will be youthful without many jrs and srs. Notably ND xc champ Tarin Lachowitzer, though a junior (so there may be choice in the matter this year) will be an Eagle this year; furthermore both the boys & girls head coaches last year are now on the Eagles’ staff. The Bruins have new coaching on both the B&G squads.

Lachowitzer has enough support on that new Davies squad that they are ranked ND preseason #4, while the Bruins are not ranked (ND rankings go just 5-deep).

First competition was yesterday 8/20, the Eagles looked stronger than the Bruins, both genders:


The 5 ranked ND girls squads, West Fargo (#2) excluded, met up yesterday, team finishes:

  1. Fargo Davies (ND#5) 59
  2. Bismarck (ND#1) 67
  3. Bismarck Century (ND#4) 79
  4. Dickinson (ND#3) 84

Boys race saw the top 3 toe the line:

  1. Bismarck (ND#1) 34
  2. Bismarck Century (ND#3) 82
  3. Williston (ND#2) 92
    (Grand Forks Central & W. Fargo are the #4 & 5 ranked teams respectively)



Thanks. Do you know if Bismarck’s coming to Griak this year?

Milwaukee Marquette (WI #1)
Madison West (WI #2)
Neenah (WI #4)
and Madison La Follette (WI #6) All duked it out at the Marquette Invite on Friday.


Their boys for sure, and it looks like their girls may be coming as well (last year the girls did the big meet in Rapid City SD that weekend).

The Heartland Classic in IA yesterday provides a good look at the SM NW boys from KS who are always at the Griak; they’ve missed taking their state title the last two years, after about a 14-year state championship streak - but it looks like they’re on the way back to the top and racing well. Their #2 at state last year (Sterling Spencer) should be a senior this year but he wasn’t in their top 7 yesterday - don’t know if he’s no longer with the team or just couldn’t make the trip to IA this weekend. If he’s racing with them near Thornburg like he did last year, they’re about 30 points better in that HL Classic and winning it.


In MN Wayzata beat defending state champ Eden Prairie with a decent margin in EP’s Metro Invite; Edina & Moorhead will be in the Griak w/Wayzata to iron out whether Wayzata is MN’s #1 at this point (EP held that ranking going into this weekend). Mad West looks tough… should be some very good team battles on Saturday.


Coming up this week:
Kansas Regionals Saturday 10/23: KSHSAA Cross Country
Iowa District/Regionals Thursday 10/21: http://www.iahsaa.org/crosscountry/index.html
Missouri Class 4 districts Saturday 10/23 (they advance from there to sectionals the following weekend in Class 4): http://mo.milesplit.com/meets/calendar/2010/cc
Nebraska State Meet Friday 10/22: http://www.nsaahome.org/cc.php
North Dakota State Meet Saturday 10/23: http://www2.bhs.bismarck.k12.nd.us/athletics/bhsboystrack/xc/10site.htm ; http://onlineraceresults.com/event/view_event.php?event_id=5846
South Dakota State Meet Saturday 10/23: South Dakota High School Activities Association State Championships
Wisconsin Sectionals Friday & Saturday, 10/22-23: http://www.wiaawi.org/index.php?id=21


Three HL state meets in the books with this weekend’s action, links in the prev. post. Recap:


Class A titles go to the Fremont boys 43-95 over runner-up Kearney, & the Papillion-La Vista South girls enjoy an even larger margin over runner-up Millard West, 45-106, packing together to take the 8th through 12th place positions and a very tight 11-sec spread. Kearney JR Jacob Olson is the state champ in 16:04 with teammate/classmate Nolan Zimmer just a second behind, for the fastest two times in any class on the day. The girls champ is Norfolk SR Melissa Parks, 14:52 and a 9 sec margin.

B: Lexington JR Franklin Ibarra 16:11 and a 23 sec margin; Scottsbluff SR Aubree Worden 14:22 and a 35 sec margin was the fastest girl in Kearney on Friday. A very close girls team race (scoring just 4 in this class) saw the Seward girls edge Lincoln Pius X 44-47, 5-runner scoring would have reinforced that outcome rather than change it. Tighter still for the boys championship as Scottsbluff edges Gering 56-58; make it 5-runner scoring here and both would have been congratulating Ibarra’s 3rd place Lexington squad that had the strongest 5th Friday.

C: Pierce SR Briana Adams in 15:02; Gordon-Rushville JR Cole Wellnitz 16:38. Fort Calhoun girls edge Columbus Scotus 46-46, make it 5 scorers and again its the third place team, Sidney, with better depth that would have tied FC and taken the 6th runner tie-breaker handily. The Ogallala boys are the champ and that result would have held through 5 scorers as well.

D: Lindsay Holy Family/Newman Grov JR Andrea Weeder 15:10; Ainsworth SR Michael Schumacher in 16:33. Team champs are the Crofton girls and the Nebraska Christian boys. The girls team result would have only gotten more emphatic with 5-runner scoring while the boys race would have seen Schumacher’s runner-up Ainsworth squad edge the team champ by a point.

The Class A champ team avg times were considerably superior to those of the smaller class champs this year, a cursory glance through those squads’ times says Class A holds this year’s strongest team efforts both genders, by quite a bit.


[/B]AA: The Sioux Falls Roosevelt boys take the team championship over Brandon Valley, 83-102. Your individual champ with 30 seconds of margin is Rapid City Central JR Tony Smoragiewicz in 15:43. The western half of the state got its first girls championship team effort in a good number of years as the Sturgis Brown girls denied Yankton by just a point, 80-81. The individual champ for 2010 is Rapid City Stevens FR Tamara Gorman in 14:40 and a 20 sec win.

A: The Garretson girls enjoyed a 36-51 championship margin over runner-up West Central; Britton-Hecla JR Kelsey Barrett is this year’s individual champ in 15:09 and a 15-sec gap. Boys champ is Cheyenne-Eagle Butte JR Dysan Lends His Horse, across in 16:19 and an 8 sec margin and I presume horseless as the name suggests, and leading his champion Cheyenne-Eagle Butte boys to a 37-53 win over Redfield/Doland. This class scores 4 and in both genders the championship teams both had the best #5 in the field of teams, 5 runner scoring would have only increased the margins of victory.

B: 6 boys teams competed within 12 points of one another and pulling put the team championship was the Parker boys, 32-34 over Irene-Wakonda. Only 3 are scored in this class, and Parker takes the 5-scorer picture also, having the best 4-5 combo in the field. Parker’s #1, SO Duane Jongeling, is the individual champ in 16:47 carving out a 17-sec margin at the finish. The girls individual champ is Freeman Academy SR Lillie Koerner in 15:25 with a 5 sec margin; girls team champ whether you look at 3 scorers as this class does, or 5, is the Ipswich girls, 26-51 over Lemmon.

As with the individual times, the top team avg times all-class belong to the large-school champions.


AA: The Bismarck boys extend their championship streak another year, taking the team title over Williston, 53-84. The girls championship saw a very tight team race develop between the Fargo Davies girls and Bismarck, with Davies prevailing 70-72, led by individual champ Tarin Lachowitzer in 14:43 and an 18 sec gap at the line. Bismarck SO Jake Leingang is this year’s boys champ in 16:03 with a 25 sec margin.

A: The small-school champions are the New Town boys, 73-93 over Rugby; the Rugby girls won with a very large margin over the field of teams. Individual champs are Leeds FR Alyssa Anderson, adding another trophy to the family collection in 15:00 and a 28 sec margin; in the boys competition Parshall JR Ken Wells carved out a monster gap of almost a minute over the field to win the championship in 16:30.

As with the individual championship times, the top team avg times clearly are to be found in the large-school class.


Weekend #2 of the HL state meets is in the books:


D1 - In the boys team competition, the Madison West boys who were prevailing in the mid-season competitions left too much gap between their top two and the 3-4-5, resulting in both Arrowhead & Marquette University bringing in their 5th ahead of MW’s 3rd… and those two teams raced to an extremely tight team finish, Arrowhead boys are the 2010 state champion, 81-82 over Marquette U with Mad. West 3rd with 124 points. For the champ & runner-up, with 4 runners across each and 48 points each, this race was going to be a one-point affair as the 5th’s drew near the line together, and it was a fraction of a second margin in favor of 34th place Dubnicka of Arrowhead over the 35th place MU #5 that settled it by that point. Though the WIAA results page for D1 girls teams is not functioning presently, the individual page is coming up… and if everything is correct there, it has to be the Wausau East girls (4-6-7-16-27 = 60) over Neenah (8-9-10-19-26 = 72). No other team has a 1-2-3 punch to match these two, and no other team has the 5th across at the level of these two. Individual state champions are Franklin freshman Alexandria Fons in 14:24 & Appleton East JR Dan Schubert ran the fastest 5k on the day in 15:53.

D2: If that D1 boys team margin was too massive for your tastes, the girls race here was a tie, and settled by each team’s 6th, with the Dodgeville/Mineral Point girls this year’s champion and Onalaska runner-up. No team had the average time to rival Onalaska, no team had their 1-2-3 punch at the top end… but D/MP had the 4-5 to almost even it out, and a 6th kicker to make the points even by beating O’s 5th - depth prevailed today. The Shorewood boys are the 2010 champ in a tight battle that had the top 4 teams within 10 points of one-another, Dodgeville/Mineral Point the runner-up. Individually Notre Dame de la Baie Academy SR Allie Woodward shattered the previous course/meet record by going sub-14, 13:59.53, but nevertheless did not run the fastest 4k on the day. Boys champ is Valders SO Michael Evans in 16:07.

D3: University Lake School JR Molly Seidel in an unheard-of-at-the-Ridges 13:44.32, and that’s the new state meet 4k record by a bunch. Boys champ is Webster SR Jack Taylor in 16:25. Oshkosh Lourdes girls are this years champion in another tight affair, 102 - 105 over Sheboygan Area Lutheran. The 5k saw the Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic boys take the championship with more margin.


4A: The Dowling Catholic girls are the 2010 state champ in a 60 - 109 win over City High. In the 5k the Cedar Rapids Prairie boys win 65-97 over runner-up Dowling Catholic. The individual champions are Ottumwa SR Kevin Lewis in 15:20 and Sioux City, East SR Shelby Houlihan in a blazing 13:40. Both ran the fastest all-class times on the day.

3A: The 3A champions are the Dubuque Wahlert boys & girls and the runner-ups weren’t far back, in the 5k the Knoxville boys were particularly close and on the losing end of a 118 - 122 score, the girls margin was a broader 81 - 95 over Decorah. Individual champs are Glenwood SR Johnny Fuller in 15:26 & Waverly-Shell Rock SO Anna Holdiman in 14:22.

2A: The Laporte City Union girls win with a 7 pt margin over the Orange City Unity Christian girls, the margin was larger as the IA City Regina boys prevail over runner-up Spirit Lake, 106 - 125, despite Spirit Lake putting 3 of the top 4 finishers across the line. The individual champs are Solon SO Lauren Benzing in 14:33 & Spirit Lake SR Alec Baldwin in 16:12.

1A: The Pekin girls are the '10 champs 45 - 87 over Earlham, and its the Northern University High boys over Elkader Central, 107 - 140. The individual champs are Kalona IA Mennonite SR Bill Spencer in 15:54 & Goose Lake Northeast SO Emily Franks in 14:47.

KS: ( www.ks.milesplit.com/meets/results/2010/cc is the place to go for results this year)

6A: The SM Northwest boys are back with a vengeance with a 34 - 75 win over SM South; in the girls competition the team champ is the Olathe East girls on the tiebreaker over SM West, both at 85 pts. Individual champions are Wichita-North JR Amber Eichkorn in 14:52 & Washburn Rural JR Jacob Morgan in 15:35 both for the fastest Rim Rock Farm times, where 5A & 6A are held.

5A: The boys champ is Wichita-Carroll JR David Thor in 16:15 and for the girls, Valley Center SO Morgan Wedekind wins in 15:09. Team champs are the Wichita-Carroll boys & girls over Op-St. Thomas Aquinas, same two teams both genders; girls margin was 44-51 and in the 5k 50-70.

4A: El Dorado SR Molly Milbourn 15:02 & Mulvane SR Evan Landes 16:08 are the individual champs; both produced the fastest times on the day in Wamego where the 1A-4A competitions are done. Team champs are the Baldwin boys & girls; the girls 58-105 over Desoto and the boys 66-89 over Mulvane.

3A: Wichita-The Independent boys; Norton Community girls. Hays-TMP SO Heather Ruder 15:56; Arma-Northeast SR Austin Bogina 16:31.

2A: Lincoln SO Jenna Farris 15:33; a big day for the family as big bro James Farris (Lincoln SR) takes it as well in 16:37. Team champs are the Ness City boys and girls.

1A: Axtell SO Audrey Schmitz 15:51; Almena-Northern Valley JR Gunner Hays 17:34. Team champs are the Tribune-Greeley County boys and girls.


Just going to make this clear. West’s #3 had problems with hydration and ended up in an ambulance truck. And their #5(Usually #4) ended up losing a shoe 800 meters into the race and eventually fell in a mud puddle with about 1500 meters to go.


MadWest, can you elaborate on whether any of WI’s top teams can/will do the regional in Sioux Falls? I’ve seen talk that WI ‘club’ teams can now compete so long as no more than 4 will compete for their school in the future?


Yes, I know we’re most likely going. I think there’s a possibility Marquette and Milwaukee King might go as well.


dude you are their third runner and it sucks you ended up in an ambulance but that really wouldnt have mattered that gap was huge… please stop talking yourself up and your team because ur making yourself look like an arrogant prick