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Cloquet shines in Swain monsoon

Other Carlton County runners do well in Class A race

 

October 11, 2019

Ken Ripp

The Cloquet varsity girls team gets ready to start their wet, windy, cold race.

The Cloquet cross country teams were unfazed by the mud, the cold or the rain Saturday as the boys team captured first and the girls took fourth place in the 69th annual Swain Invitational cross country meet in Duluth.

It was the first time the Lumberjacks had won the event since 1985, when Cloquet was combined with Esko and they won both the boys and girls championships.

"With the cold wet weather conditions, the course was much slower than the runners are used to," said head coach Chandra Allen. "But both teams competed really well and represented Cloquet amazingly."

Senior Jordan Allen finished second overall, finishing only three-tenths of a second behind winner Max Charlsen of Forest Lake. Charlsen finished with a time of 17:54.5, while Allen ended the race at Enger Park Golf Course with a time of 17:54.8. It was an impressive performance by the entire team, with Jesse Bahen finishing in ninth place, Josh Sanders in 10th, Sam Buytaert in 12th and Benjamin Bauer in 25th place.

The Cloquet boys finished 10 points ahead of Bloomington Jefferson. Forest Lake placed third overall, at 52 points behind the team champions.

The Cloquet girls team finished in fourth place overall with 149 points. Forest Lake was the girls AA team champion with a team total of 33 points. Bloomington Jefferson was also second in the girls division and Visitation placed third.

The Lumberjacks were led by freshman Harmony Tracy, who placed sixth. Other top girls finishers were Lauren Cawcutt in 17th place, Amelia Allen in 28th and Charlotte Ripp in 37th place. Araya Kiminski was the last qualifier for Cloquet in 63rd place.

In the Class A girls meet, several local runners also performed very well.

CLASS A

Carlton-Wrenshall's Emma Cid finished in 30th place overall while her sister, Abby Cid, was 63rd. Morgan Laveau, Elizabeth Hey and Ashley Hart were also finishers as Carlton/Wrenshall placed 22nd as a team.

Ken Ripp

Cloquet senior Jordan Allen runs through mud, muck and more at Saturday's Swain Invitational. Allen, who took second, kept pace with first place Class AA finisher Max Charlsen, getting beat in the end by three-tenths of a second. The varsity races were the final races of a day that included junior high and junior varsity races at Duluth's Enger golf course.

Grace Hrabik topped the list of finishers for the Eskomos, followed by Hayley Mullen, Alexis Tester, Grace Shingledecker, and Audrey Menor. Emaleigh Olesiak finished 23rd overall, but was only one of two runners on the girls team from Cromwell-Wright, while Amber Collman placed just outside the top 100 for the Cardinal girls.

The boys Class A race saw Cromwell-Wright crack the top 10 with an 8th place finish as a team. The Cardinals were led by Noah Foster who came in 11th place; Cameron Dickey, Nathan Eliason, Micah Pocernich, and Tate Blomquist rounded out the Cardinals top five finishers.

Carlton-Wrenshall was 18th overall in the team race. They were led by Trent Bagne, who was 36th, while Jack Riley placed 48th and Spencer Hoeffling ended in 63rd. Kaden and Andrew Olesen were the other two finishers in the team event for Carlton-Wrenshall.

Jeremiah Foucault was the top finisher for the Esko Eskomos boys team; the other top Esko finishers included Nathaniel Rengo, Jonah Randa, Dylan Edland and Zach Errikila.

The 69th Swain meet featured almost 2,150 runners, representing more than 70 schools statewide.

 
 
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