On a cool but pleasant Thursday, October 24th afternoon, the Adrian Dragons and the Adrian Country Club hosted the Section 3A Championship. The same course from 2 1/2 weeks ago was repainted and set to present the over 240 runners an opportunity to qualify for the State Championship this coming Saturday.
The Varsity Girls 2.5 mile (4000 meter) race was up first at 4:00. The race consisted of 121 runners, only 8 more than our Adrian Invitational race.
The quick start of the race had the top runners jump to the front. Adrian’s own Nicole Slater, Madison Schandelmeier from local Luverne, and Kayla Huhnerkoch of Redwood Valley raced ahead followed closely by Alaysia Freetly from Lac Qui Parle Dawson Boyd. The top three ran neck and neck for the first mile and a half.
Nicole then grabbed a gust of energy and took the lead, never relinquishing it. Nicole had a strong and smooth stride that improved her time from our Invitational by 56 seconds. She won easily, 18 seconds before the second place Schandelmeier with an all-time top Adrian Varsity Girl’s time at the Adrian course of 14:44. Alaysia caught up to the top three to take third, rounded out by Redwood’s runner Kayla to cap out the class of the race.
All four are headed for the 1:00 race this Saturday, November 2 in Northfield, MN. Another 7 individuals and the top two teams, first place Lac Qui Parle Dawson Boyd and second place Luverne, will again compete against one another for the last time this year at the State Championship.
The rest of the Adrian Girls team also improved their times and placings from our Invitational. Morgan Sauer bested her time by 7 seconds and 4 places with a time of 16:51 and 30th place. Hannah Bullerman improved by 49, Halle Heitkamp 38, Jada Elias 47, Megan Tweet 24, and Courtney an impressive 96 second faster. Positions also improved with Hannah up 21, Halle 14, Jada 27, Megan 8, and Courtney 17.
(Hannah, 68th, 18:18, Halle, 70th, 18:20, Jada, 73, 18:26, Megan, 78th, 18:39 and Courtney, 84th, 18:51)
This 8th place team out of 16 teams, topped their earlier 11th place finish, can be proud of their improved individual and team placing. We look forward to seeing them run again next year and continue their improving ways. Nicole is the only senior, and will be sorely missed next year.
The gun started off the Varsity Boy’s race at 4:45 sending off 117 races off on their 3mile (5000 meter) race. The boys matched the girls and shone with better times and placeings.
Taylor Recker ran hard, trying to tie down a trip to the same State Championship race. The first Adrian finisher fought hard passing one more runner in the final stretch to capture 15th, 20 places better than his Invitational placing. His 17:54 time bested his earlier race of 19:01 by 67 seconds. Unfortunately for Taylor, he was three places out of qualifying for State.
Collin Kemper also ran hard placing as the second Adrian finisher with a 65 placing and a 19:51 time. Collin did not run at the Invitational race due to a left foot stress fracture. Brady Henning improved 15 places and 49 seconds, Diego Zebe up 3 places and a whopping 106 second improvement, Cain Rautenkantz 9 places and equally impressive 90 seconds, and Bradden Kunkel was up 9 places and 83 seconds better than 2 1/2 weeks ago.
(Collin, 65th, 19:51, Brady, 65th, 19:54, Diego, 96th, 20:55, Cain, 105th, 21:52, Bradden, 108th, 22:11)
The boys team placed 15th out of 17 teams better by one place than the Invitational. This is the first team Adrian boys have had compete in three years. We hope to see a continued improvement in the boys team, too.
We have enjoyed watching all these runners along with the junior high runners who finished racing last Tuesday at the Conference Championship Race. Again, we wish Nicole all the best at this weekend’s State Championship. She seems to be peaking at the right time and has a great chance to be Adrians first overall State Champion.