Cross Country: Anoka girls finish fourth in home race

Several of the top teams in the metro converged for Thursday’s Anoka Rum River Invitational, with No. 7 Mounds View winning the boys race and No. 7 St. Michael-Albertville winning the girls competition.

Anoka more than held its own in the girls race, using its depth to finish fourth overall.

The Tornadoes placed a trio of runners in the top 30 in Alli Becker (21:30.40), Sydney Paulson (21:31.87) and Taylor Krone (21:41.83).

Alexandra Bragg

Spring Lake Park top runner Jenna Terrio surges to the finish.

earned 52nd in 23:39.84 and Noelle Josephson placed 55th in 23:45.16 to round out the scoring for Anoka.

Spring Lake Park finished in 16th place,

Alexandra Bragg helped lead Anoka to a fourth-place finish during Thursday’s home race.

paced by Jenna Terrio in 32nd overall in 22:09.65 and Claire V

Anoka junior Noah Johnson nears the mid-point of Thursday’s race.

andentop in 48th in 23:26.51.

In the boys race, Anoka earned 10th as a team and Spring Lake Park finished in 18th.

Ryan Behnke-Nead led Anoka individually in 33rd place with a time of 18:21.94, with Elijah Grabinske in 41st place in 18:34.75.

George Gerard led Spring Lake Park, clocking a time of 20:21.85.

Blaine boys second at St. Francis

The Blaine boys team earned second place and St. Francis was eighth in Thursday’s St. Francis Saints Invite.

Ben Olson won the individual title in 16:24, joined in the top five by Tyler Anderson in 17:24 and Nic Jacobson in 17:33.

Josh Martin was the top St. Francis placer in 34th place in 19:01.

Blaine earned seventh place as a team in the girls race.

Kelsey Huver led the Bengals with an eighth place individual finish in 21:29.

Maria Laudenbach was right behind in ninth place in a time of 21:36 to lead St. Francis.

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