Lutz finishes sixth, girls tie for 11th, Overmyer takes 26th at state meet
Lydia Lutz admitted she went out too fast in her previous four appearances at the state Class A girls cross-country meet.
Lutz made sure to set a better pace in her final appearance at state Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
That strategy paid off as the Park Rapids senior fulfilled her goal of finishing in the top 10 by placing sixth with a time of 15 minutes, 2 seconds on the 4,000-meter course.
Isaac Overmyer was looking to finish in the top 30 in his first appearance at the boys state cross-country meet.
The Park Rapids freshman fulfilled that goal by placing 26th with a time of 16:56 over the 5,000-meter course.
The Park Rapids girls were looking for a solid finish in their third straight trip to state. The Panthers ended up in a tie for 11th place with 247 points.
Lutz fulfills goal in final trip
Lutz was hoping to cap off her high school cross-country career with a state medal.
Lutz - who finished 30th in 15:47 in 2007, 34th in 15:36 in 2008, 20th in 15:50 in 2009 and 26th in 15:42 last season - earned that medal by living up to her No. 6 state ranking in leading the Panthers to a tie for 11th place in the team standings.
"My advice was to not let past state performances get in her head. I told her that she has been racing even better than last year and now is the time to keep that confidence," said Park Rapids head coach Kerry Johnson. "I told her go to out and run her race and not to worry about other runners. She just needed to do her own thing and run her own race."
Lutz was in 33rd place after the first mile with a time of 5:49. Holt led the pack at that point with a time of 5:32. Lutz picked up the pace, passing 27 runners the rest of the way, to earn her first top 10 finish at state.
Blake sophomore Clare Flanagan lived up to her No. 1 ranking by winning the state title in 14:21. Cannon Falls sophomore Emi Trost was second in 14:34, followed by Esko junior Marisa Shady in 14:45, St. Cloud Christian sophomore Mc-Kenzie Holt in 14:48 and Chatfield junior Kayla Woltz in 14:57. Holt (No. 2), Shady (No. 3), Trost (No. 4) and Woltz (No. 5) followed Flanagan in the state rankings entering state.
"It was great to see Lydia at different spots on the course, but I was so happy when she came out the woods towards the finish and she looked so strong. Her legs didn't look heavy and she was pumping her arms. It was perfect. I was so happy for her," said Johnson. "I was really hoping Lydia could finish in the medals. She has had such a great season and she has been stronger at the finish than I have ever seen her. I was a bit worried, however, because state hasn't been very kind. I have been with her to state four years in a row and I was so happy that finally she ended her season with a result she deserved."
In the team standings, the Panthers tied Trinity River Ridge for 11th place with 247 points. Park Rapids was rated No. 10 and Trinity River Ridge was rated No. 8 entering the state meet. St. Cloud Cathedral lived up to its No. 1 ranking by winning the state title with 94 points. No. 7 Annandale was second with 118 points, followed by No. 3 Esko (132), No. 2 Blake (138), No. 5 Waseca (154), No. 6 United South Central (203), No. 9 Adrian (211), No. 14 Holdingford (218), No. 4 La Crescent (222) and No. 12 Perham (227). Rounding out the team scores were No. 16 Albany (268), No. 15 Luverne (297), No. 11 Rochester Lourdes (325) and No. 17 International Falls (358).
Following Lutz for the Panthers were Shelby Pierce (69th in 16:13), Megan Olson (99th in 16:37), Summer Ellefson (109th in 16:51), Lora Remus (125th in 17:17), Kaylee Hilmanowski (133rd in 17:30) and Abby Mueller (135th in 17:32). In the team competition (which throws out the finishes of the individual qualifiers), Lutz was third, Pierce was 40th, Olson was 57th, Ellefson was 66th, Remus was 81st, Hilmanowski was 88th and Mueller was 90th. A total of 156 runners competed in the state meet.
When the Panthers finished fifth in 2009 with 190 points, Ellefson was 75th in 16:39 and Hilmanowski was 96th in 16:56. Last year, Pierce was 121st in 17:07, Hilmanowski finished 126th in 17:19 and Remus was 139th in 17:37 as the Panthers finished 15th with 334 points.
"The rest of the team did well and they were happy with their races. It is crazy how fast people go out at state and I was proud of the girls that they didn't get caught up in it," said Johnson. "The girls' times were close to their best times for the most part and it was so windy. It was also state and that always comes into play. It was a good way for our seniors (Lutz, Pierce and Ellefson) to end their year."
Team scores: St. Cloud Cathedral 94, Annandale 118, Esko 132, Blake 138, Waseca 154, United South Central 203, Adrian 211, Holdingford 218, La Crescent 222, Perham 227, Park Rapids 247, Trinity River Ridge 247, Albany 268, Luverne 297, Rochester Lourdes 325, International Falls 358.
1, Clare Flanagan, Blake, 14:21. 2, Emi Trost, Cannon Falls, 14:34. 3, Marisa Shady, Esko, 14:45. 4, McKenzie Holt, St. Cloud Cathedral, 14:48. 6, Lydia Lutz, Park Rapids, 15:02. 7, Courtney Alama, Annandale, 15:03. 8, Tierney, Winter, WEM/JWP, 15:09. 9, Meghan Henriksen, Mankato Loyola, 15:10. 10, Lauren Friese, Fairmont, 15:12. 20, Gretta Brunelle, Warroad, 15:26. 23, Victoria Alexander, Lake of the Woods, 15:27. 40, Cassie Beseman, Perham, 15:45. 56, Madeline Huglen, Roseau, 16:01. 62, Sydney Karels, Perham, 16:05. 69, Shelby Pierce, Park Rapids, 16:13. 73, Marissa Carlson, Bagley/Fosston, 16:16. 79, Brynnan Covington, Perham, 16:18. 82, Emma Schmitz, Wadena-Deer Creek, 16:19. 86, Susy Heppner, Warroad, 16:27. 95, Racole Karels, Perham, 16:35. 99, Megan Olson, Park Rapids, 16:37. 109, Summer Ellefson, Park Rapids, 16:51. 110, Ciarrin Covington, Perham, 16:52. 114, Lizzie Fudge, Perham, 16:59. 125, Lora Remus, Park Rapids, 17:17. 133, Kaylee Hilmanowski, Park Rapids, 17:30. 135, Abby Mueller, Park Rapids, 17:32. 154, Mary Riestenberg, Perham, 18:50.
Overmyer finishes in top 30
Even though it was his first state meet, Overmyer set a goal of finishing in the top 30 spots.
Overmyer accomplished that goal.
After qualifying for state by placing fifth at the section meet, Overmyer was the No. 5 finisher among the section qualifiers at state with his 16:56.
After the first mile, Overmyer was in 107th place out of 150 runners with a time of 5:19. Blake's Brandon Clark, Foley's Charlie Lawrence, Canby's Nick Stoks and Waseca's Shane Streich went out in 4:55. Overmyer picked up the pace and passed 80 runners the rest of the way.
Nevis' Bryon Schuldt won the state title in 15:55 while Clark, who was the favorite to win the state title, finished second in 15:59. Perham's Brady Speicher was 11th in 16:33, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's Tyler Hennen was 19th in 16:44 and Perham's Billy Beseman finished 23rd in 16:51. Schuldt, Speicher and Hennen finished ahead of Overmyer at the section meet.
Perham, the Section 8A champion, finished second in the team standings with 73 points, just behind St. Cloud Cathedral's 72. D-G-F finished 15th with 297 points.
"Isaac did a great job. I told him not to get caught up in the craziness of state. He deserved to be there and he just needed to run his race," said Johnson. "I wasn't sure where I expected him to finish, but I knew he would do well. He ran a smart race and just kept chipping away at the guys in front of him. It was great for him to place 26th as a freshman and for being at state his first year. Actually it was better than great. He should be very proud of all he accomplished."
Team scores: St. Cloud Cathedral 72, Perham 73, Minnehaha Academy 132, Blake 137, Crosby-Ironton 168, Waseca 194, Redwood Valley 238, Mesabi East 252, Ottertail Central 260, Mora 262, Plainview-Elgin-Millville 263, Martin County West 277, Luverne 282, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 297, Cotter 304.
1, Bryon Schuldt, Nevis, 15:55. 2, Brandon Clark, Blake, 15:59. 3, Charlie Lawrence, Foley, 16:09. 4, Nick Stoks, Canby, 16:13. 5, Shane Streich, Waseca, 16:15. 6, Daniel Borash, Royalton, 16:17. 7, Jacob Gerhartz, Sauk Centre, 16:19. 8, Nick Golebiowski, St. Cloud Cathedral, 16:27. 9, Jackson Lindquist, Esko, 16:32. 10, Romeo Benish, Proctor, 16:33. 11, Brady Speicher, Perham, 16:34. 19, Tyler Hennen, DGF, 16:44. 23, Billy Beseman, Perham, 16:51. 26, Isaac Overmyer, Park Rapids, 16:56. 30, Nick Carrignan, Perham, 16:59. 33, Jayden Cullen, Perham, 17:02. 51, Dalton Dahms, Perham, 17:19. 64, Wesley Davies, Bagley/Fosston, 17:28. 77, Chris Knutson, Perham, 17:37. 87, Tanner Hennen, DGF, 17:41. 101, Austin Schultz, DGF, 17:52. 105, Mark Huebsch, Perham, 17:58. 119, Tony Santos, DGF, 18:22. 125, Ryan Leach, DGF, 18:34. 148, Tom Cole, DGF, 20:35. 150, Tanner McDowell, DGF, 21:41.