Local runners race for glory in cross country tournament

The Grandy Nine Golf Course in Stanchfield set the stage for eight local high school girls’ and boys’ cross country teams to run for autumn glory when Cambridge-Isanti hosted its invitational tournament there Sept. 6.

St. Francis boys start last Thursday’s Cambridge-Isanti Invitational 5K run. Photo by Bill Jones

St. Francis boys start last Thursday’s Cambridge-Isanti Invitational 5K run. Photo by Bill Jones

Breezy winds swept the course on a cloudy afternoon as girls’ and boys’ teams ran the 4K and 5K routes, respectively.

As finish lines were crossed by girls’ teams, Andover finished third, St. Francis sixth and Blaine eighth.

In the boys’ cross country event, Andover finished second to Centennial, while Blaine and St. Francis were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Individually, girls’ top 10 finishers in the 4K had Andover’s Madeline McKeefry and Nicole Heitzman placing fourth and fifth at 15:36.5 and 15:55.8, respectively.

Top 10 boys individual finishers had Andover’s Chris Meados winning the 5K first-place trophy with a time of 16:42.7.

Teammate Steven Cotter finished just behind Meados, taking home second place with a time of 17:08.7.

Grant Olsen of St. Francis came in sixth in the 5K, finishing at 17:56.1, while Blaine’s Eric Heil was eighth at 18:04.2. Aaron Jacques of St. Francis came in just behind Heil, finishing ninth at 18:05.6.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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