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Boys’ Cross Country Team Wins Section 5A Championship, Girls’ Team Earns Third

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The Saint John’s Prep Cross Country team had a successful trip to the Section 5A Championship race at the Grand National Golf Club in Hinckley on October 26. The boys’ team earned first place and the girls’ team finished in third place. Seniors Nick Hansen and Olivia Pauly both finished first in their races.

Seniors Nick Hansen and Zach Meyer, both from St. Joseph, ran a very tight race. They finished together with Nick pulling ahead by just a tenth of a second to earn first place, with Zach earning second. Junior Ben Suo of St. Cloud earned fifth place in this competitive race. The Johnnies finished as a team in first place with 82 points, ahead of Saint Cloud Cathedral, Pine City, Holdingford and Pierz.

Their section championship title means that the entire boys’ team will compete at the MSHSL A State Championship Race on November 4 at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights.

Nick HansenSt.. Joseph1216:09:301
Zach MeyerSt. Joseph1216:09:402
Ben SuoSt. Cloud1117:16:205
Aaron RuesinkSartell/St. Joseph1218:24:2031
Laurenz HaselbockMelk, Austria1018:46:1043
PoHaun LuTaipei City, Taiwan1218:51:2045
Will VixSt. Joseph1019:21:2057
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Senior Olivia Pauly of St. Cloud earned first place in the race, ten seconds ahead of CHS’s Ella Voit. Junior Louise Ruzanic of Cold Spring placed sixth in the race. Both Olivia and Louise earned individual spots to compete at the MSHSL A State Championship Race. The girls team earned third place overall, behind CHS and Northwest.

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Olivia PaulySt. Cloud1218:38:301
Louise RuzanicCold Spring1119:56.206
Margaret DuffyCold Spring922:07.2027
Sofie PaulySt. Cloud922:28:2030
Megan MahowaldSartell1223:1049
Sylvie BechtoldSt. Joseph1123:18:2051
Ellen BechtoldSt. Joseph823:33.3056
Louise And Olivia

The Johnnies are coached by Lance Nydeen, Stephen Woods ’09 and Kurt Salzl ’87. Go to this link to see all of the race results.