Schuldt earns all-state honors, Panthers finish 15th
Nevis' Bryon Schuldt fulfilled his goal by earning all-state honors while Park Rapids finished 15th as a team at Saturday's state Class A cross-country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Schuldt contended for the state Class A boys title by covering the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 10 seconds to finish sixth out of 161 runners. Mounds Park Academy senior Mason Ferlic won the state title in 15:47 while Caledonia senior Matt Jergenson was second in 16:00, Worthington junior Mubarik Musa was third in 16:01, Blake junior Brandon Clark was fourth in 16:08 and St. James sophomore Johnathan Surber was fifth in 16:09. Musa was the defending state champion while Ferlic finished fifth last year.
Entering the state meet, Musa was rated No. 1 in the Class A poll and was followed by Ferlic, Jergenson, Clark and Schuldt. The top-20 finishers at state earned all-state honors.
Schuldt finished 12th in his last two state meets, clocking a 16:41 in 2008 and a 16.54 last year. The Nevis junior qualified for state by repeating as the Section 8A champion with a time of 16:15.
"Bryon did a very good job. The whole field went out extremely fast, hitting the mile in 4:52. Bryon came by the mile in 5:00, which was a little too fast and he was in about 20th place. By two miles, Ferlic and Musa were together and Bryon was in a pack of four others all in third place. He moved up to third with about a half mile to go and was out-kicked by a couple at the end," said Nevis head coach Tom Stambaugh. "Bryon was only 2 seconds out of fourth. His time was his best ever and it was very windy, so conditions weren't the best. To show you how tough the field was this year, Bryon's time would have been first or second in the last five state meets. Bryon is a perfect example of how a high school athlete should compete. He practices hard and gives everything on the day of competition. As a coach, it is fun to see how well Bryon represents the Nevis colors. Bryon will be one of the favorites again next year."
United North Central's Jonathan Miller made his state debut by placing 30th in 16:53. The Sebeka senior qualified for state by placing fourth at the section meet with a time of 16:37.
Perham's boys won the state title with 78 points. Plainview-Elgin was second with 98 points while Thief River Falls finished 12th with 256 points.
In the girls race, Park Rapids finished 15th with 334 points. Adrian captured the state title with 89 points while Perham was 12th with 248 points.
Junior Lydia Lutz led the Panthers by placing 26th overall in 15:42. Esko sophomore Marisa Shady won the state title by covering the 4,000-meter course in 14:45.
Lutz qualified for state as an individual by claiming runner-up honors at the Section 8A meet with a time of 15:32. Lake of the Woods' sophomore Victoria Alexander won the section title in 15:16. Alexander entered the state meet ranked No. 3 in the state and ended up placing sixth in15:05. Fairmont junior Lauren Friese was rated No. 2 and finished second in 14:51 while St. Cloud Cathedral sophomore Elena Danielson was third in 14:52. Danielson entered state as the top-rated Class A runner.
"I am so impressed with Lydia," said Park Rapids head coach Kerry Johnson. "I know she would always like to do better and I admire that. I also admire the fact that she has made it down to state as an individual year after year. That says something. Many runners make it one year and then don't the next. Lydia has much to be proud of."
Rounding out Park Rapids' team score were freshman Alex Pederson (108th overall in 16:51), junior Shelby Pierce (121st in 17:07), sophomore Kaylee Hilmanowski (126th in 17:19) and sophomore Morgan Olson (134th in 17:33). Sophomore Lora Remus finished 139th in 17:37 and senior Tiffany Deitchler was 151st in 19:02. There were 153 runners in the girls race.
In the team standings (which excludes runners who didn't qualify on a team), Lutz finished 16th, Pederson was 66th, Pierce placed 78th, Hilmanowski was 83rd and Olson was 91st.
At last year's state meet, the Panthers placed fifth with 190 points. Lutz finished 20th overall in 15:50, Hilmanowski was 96th in 16:56, Olson was 109th in 17:09 and Deitchler finished 129th in 17:37.
This was Lutz's fourth state appearance and Deitchler's third. Lutz finished 30th in 15:47 in 2007 and 34th in 15:36 in 2008 as an individual while Deitchler placed 69th in 16:22 as an individual qualifier in 2007. Deitchler missed six meets this season with an injury.
Pederson, Pierce and Remus made their state debuts as first-year members of the Park Rapids girls cross-country team. Remus did compete in two North Dakota state meets as a member of the Fargo Shanley girls team.
This was Park Rapids' sixth trip to the state meet. The Panthers tied for sixth place in 1976, finished eighth in 1977, took 14th in 1997 and placed 16th in 1998 before finishing fifth last year.
"They were disappointed to finish so near the bottom, but then they realized that many teams were done at sections," said Johnson. "Everyone at state is just so fast that every second counts."
On the bright side, the Panthers will return six of their seven runners next season.
"Our main goal was just to make it to state. It was huge for the girls to get down there two years in a row. That was such an accomplishment," said Johnson. "They had a great season. I am excited to have them back next year. I think this finish will motivate them for next year."
Boys team scores: Perham 78, Plainview-Elgin-Millville 98, St. Cloud Cathedral 102, Minnehaha Academy 187, Waseca 187, Esko 193, Holy Family Catholic 197, Mora 202, Fairmont 206, Albany 221, LaCrescent 240, Thief River Falls 256, Sauk Centre 306, Crosby-Ironton 336, Redwood Valley 355, Canby/Minneota 357.
1, Mason Ferlic, Mounds Park Academy, 15:47. 2, Matt Jergenson, Caledonia, 16:00. 3, Mubarik Musa, Worthington, 16:01. 4, Brandon Clarik, Blake, 16:08. 5, Johnathan Surber, St. James, 16:09. 6, Bryon Schuldt, Nevis, 16:10. 7, Jensen Orlow, Holy Family Catholic, 16:13. 8, Justin Cook, Jackson County Central, 16:17. 9, Brenden Skime, Thief River Falls, 16:17. 10, OJ Ojullu, Worthington, 16:20. 30, Jonathan Miller, United North Central, 16:53.
Girls team scores: Adrian 89, St. Cloud Cathedral 118, Dover-Eyota 143, LaCrescent 166, Esko 169, Fairmont 185, Waseca 190, Blake 190, Albany 193, Holy Family Catholic 203, Annandale 237, Perham 248, Canby/Minneota 258, Sauk Centre 323, Park Rapids 334, Crosby-Ironton 440.
1, Marisa Shady, Esko, 14:45. 2, Lauren Friese, Fairmont, 14:51. 3, Elena Danielson, St. Cloud Cathedral, 14:52. 4, Jordan Chancellor, Blake, 14:57. 5, Kayla Woltz, Chatfield, 15:03. 6, Victoria Alexander, Lake of the Woods, 15:05. 7, Leah Jessen, Canby, 15:10. 8, Clare Flanagan, Blake, 15:12. 9, Gabi Swobado, Redwood Valley, 15:15. 10, Emi Trost, Cannon Falls, 15:16. 26, Lydia Lutz, Park Rapids, 15:42. 108, Alex Pederson, Park Rapids, 16:51. 121, Shelby Pierce, Park Rapids, 17:07. 126, Kaylee Hilmanowski, Park Rapids, 17:19. 134, Morgan Olson, Park Rapids, 17:33. 139, Lora Remus, Park Rapids, 17:37. 151, Tiffany Deitchler, Park Rapids, 19:02.