Boys Cross Country State Meet

Malia Bacig, Features Editor

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Saturday, November 3rd, the Boys Cross Country team competed in the state meet at St. Olaf College. The boys qualified for the meet by placing second among the teams in the Suburban East Conference. The top two teams from each section qualified for the state meet. 16 teams participated in the state meet, along with 64 individuals who qualified by placing in the top eight of each conference.
The boys team placed 15th out of the 16 competing teams. Each team had seven runners in the race. The team scores are determined by adding the place numbers of each runner on the team. For example, if the seven members placed 1st through 7th, their overall score would be 28. The lowest scores win.

Michael Hoff, 11, was the first Mounds View runner to cross the finish line on Saturday. He completed the 5 kilometer race in 16 minutes and 48 seconds. This time placed him 95th out of 176 runners.

When asked about the state meet, Hoff said, “In this race, you’re competing against the best athletes in the state. This is the real deal. Everything you worked for in the summer and during the season comes down to this last and final race. It proves your true focus and shows how strong you are willing to push yourself.”

Overall, the team was somewhat disappointed in their performance at the meet. “We didn’t finish as well as we had hoped to, but everyone gave it their all so I can’t ask for any more,” said senior captain Thomas Wentworth. However, it is a big accomplishment in itself to get to the state meet.

“Running among the best in the state and some nationally ranked competition, we had to shift our goals a little. For us it wasn’t so much about winning the meet as it was ending the season with no regrets. It was an amazing experience that the team worked really hard to earn,” said Wentworth.

“We probably could have performed better as a team at the state meet and we should have been a little bit higher in the rankings based on previous finishes in earlier meets this year, but we were just honored and thrilled to be visiting the state meet again for a second consecutive year,” said Hoff.

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