Teams race through the wind in NWSC championship

Pacing through the wind-whipped grasses and leaning evergreens on a chilly afternoon, Northwest Suburban Conference boys’ and girls’ cross country running teams competed in the conference championships in Elk River yesterday (Thursday).

Andover’s Nicole Heitzman crossed the finish line just behind Elk River’s Rachel Ness and took home a second-place finish in last week’s Northwest Suburban Conference cross country championship. Photo by Bill Jones

Andover’s Nicole Heitzman crossed the finish line just behind Elk River’s Rachel Ness and took home a second-place finish in last week’s Northwest Suburban Conference cross country championship. Photo by Bill Jones

Andover’s Steven Cotter finished in 15:58.9 to take first place in the boys’ division while Husky teammate Chris Meados finished just behind him to take home second place with a time of 16:02.3.

Meanwhile, lady Husky Nicole Heitzman finished in 14:51.1 – just a blink of an eye behind Elk River’s Rachel Ness who took first place in the girls’ division.

In girls’ team results, Coon Rapids and Andover finished third and fourth while Anoka finished eighth and Blaine 11th.

Boys’ team results had Coon Rapids fourth, Andover fifth, Anoka eighth, and Blaine ninth.

For complete results of yesterday’s Northwest Suburban Conference cross country championship, visit www.raspberryjam.com.

Section tournaments

Section 5AA (Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Spring Lake Park) tournament action takes place 3 p.m. Oct. 25 in Anoka. Meanwhile, Section 7AA (Andover, St. Francis) cross country tournament is set for Oct. 25 and takes place in Princeton.

The Section 5A (Legacy, PACT) tournament is Oct. 25 at Pierz Golf Course.

State Tournament cross country races take place Nov. 3 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

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

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