Boys’ Cross Country Team Wins Section 5A Championship, Girls’ Team Earns Third Posted on October 27, 2023 in Activities, Press Releases, Student NewsTagged all-state, Central Minnesota, cross country, MSHSL, runner 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. NameHometownGradeTimePlaceNick HansenSt.. Joseph1216:09:301Zach MeyerSt. Joseph1216:09:402Ben SuoSt. Cloud1117:16:205Aaron RuesinkSartell/St. Joseph1218:24:2031Laurenz HaselbockMelk, Austria1018:46:1043PoHaun LuTaipei City, Taiwan1218:51:2045Will VixSt. Joseph1019:21:2057 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. NameHometownGradeTimePlaceOlivia PaulySt. Cloud1218:38:301Louise RuzanicCold Spring1119:56.206Margaret DuffyCold Spring922:07.2027Sofie PaulySt. Cloud922:28:2030Megan MahowaldSartell1223:1049Sylvie BechtoldSt. Joseph1123:18:2051Ellen BechtoldSt. Joseph823:33.3056 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.