June 15, 2024

Knight boys cross country team finishes 10th at State Meet

PHOTO 1: Lexi Bright crosses the finish line in her sixth Class A girls state cross-country race. PHOTO 2: West Central Area's Alex Salwasser (left) and Kade Runge run together during the midway point of the Class A boys state cross-country championship race Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

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Nine West Central Area cross country runners competed at the Class A State Cross Country Meet Saturday, Oct. 6, at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The Knight boys finished 10th overall in the 16-team race with two top 10 finishers while senior Lexi Bright and sophomore Terina Blascyk represented the WCA girls cross country team.

Bright finished her cross country career competing in her sixth straight state cross country meet. She took 59th individually out of 159 runners at state, with a time of 20:47.14. Blascyk finished in 21:24.50, which was good for 86th at state.

For the boys, Kade Runge led the Knights with a fifth place finish out of 160 runners. He finished in 16:33.67. Alex Salwasser was also top 10 as he finished in seventh place in 16:42.73.

Junior Peyton Hanson turned in a season best race at state. He finished in the top 100 with a personal best 18:00.84. Roman Mihailovschi (18:32) and Eli Bergman (18:56.23) also tallied finishes that counted towards the 10th place finish for the Knights.

The Knight boys graduate four off their roster with the Class of 2021, including Salwasser, Runge, Swanson and Tyler Biss. The girls will graduate Bright and Kennedy Porter.

Class A State

BOYS TEAM RESULTS – (1) Nova Classical Academy 122 (2) Perham 128 (3) Northwest Nighthawks 160 (4) Greenway/Nashwauk/Keewatin 163 (5) Staples-Motley 191 (6) Park Raids Area 194 (7) Parnassus Preparatory School 209 (8) St. Cloud Cathedral 217 (9) Luverne 222, (10) West Central Area 222 (11) Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson Boyd 227 (12) Rochester Lourdes 229 (13) LA/RP/H 230, (14) Esko 231 (15) St. James Area 234 (16) Mankato Loyola/Cleveland 389

West Central Area – (5) Kade Runge 16:33.67 (7) Alex Salwasser 16:42.73, Peyton Hanson 18:00.84, Roman Mihailovschi 18:32.00, Eli Bergman 18:56.23, Tyler Biss 19:19.04, Shad Swanson 20:03.50

WCA GIRLS – (59) Lexi Bright 20:47.14 (86) Terina Blascyk 21:24.5

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