Varsity Cross Country · Sunnarborg Competes at State Cross Country Meet

Sunnarborg at State
Mound Westonka eighth-grader Laura Sunnarborg (No. 3 jersey) competed at the state cross country meet Nov. 3 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

By Alicia Sunnarborg

The Minnesota State High School League State Cross Country Meet was held Nov. 3 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. It was a cold morning with temperatures hovering in the 30s.

Laura Sunnarborg qualified for Mound Westonka by earning 10th place with a time of 19:21 at the Section 2AA Meet Oct. 25 at Gale Woods. Running at St. Olaf against 175 of the best runners in the state was quite the opportunity for the eighth-grader. She completed the 5k in 19:58, a good time for a tough course.

Emily Covert, a senior from Minneapolis Washburn, won the Class AA individual championship for the second straight year, setting a girls all-time state record with 17:04. Acer Iverson, a senior from Roseville, won the boys AA meet with a time of 15:14.

St. Michael-Albertville bested Wayzata by just five points for the girls Class AA team state title. Section 2AA qualifier Willmar finished seventh, and Marshall placed 10th. On the boys side, Edina won its first-ever Class AA state title by 11 points over Mounds View. Section 2AA teams Buffalo and Willmar placed seventh and 15th, respectively.

In the girls class A championship, Grace Ping, a sophomore from Winona Cotter, set the Class A record with a win at 17:29. Geno Uhrbom, a sophomore at Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, won the boys Class A title in 15:38 and crushed the field by almost 20 seconds.

Perham won the girls Class A team competition, its third team title in the past four seasons. The Perham boys team also repeated as state champion.