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Minnesota 2003 cross country
Section 6AA

Mike Krisch sets course record;
freshman Alison Liewen wins when veterans falter

The section 6AA meet is MN's premier section meet from a team standpoint; 5
of the 8 top-ranked large-school girls teams are in 6AA. For the boys, 4 of
the top 7 are 6AA teams.

In the 5k, Hopkins junior Mike Krisch (last year's
top soph at the FL midwest regional) won and established a new course
record in 15:56.0; this hilly Gale Woods Park course was first put into use
last season and was designed by area cross country coaches. His effort
helped his team to a second place finish to qualify Hopkins (ranked #5) for
the state meet along with section champion Eden Prairie (#1). Complete
results: http://www.raceberryjam.com/section6aaboyscc.html

In the 4k, an expected heated team race went topsy-turvy within meters of
the finish as Hopkins (#2) and Edina (#8) both lost a frontrunner due to
collapse. As at the Griak meet, senior Shannon Bergstedt of Hopkins was in
the lead approaching the finish before going down. Unable to get back to
her feet she eventually dragged herself across the line for 52nd place.
Hopkins would have surely won the team championship with Bergstedt in 1st,
but finished 3rd, failing to qualify for the state meet and ending
Shannon's HS cross season. Edina also may have found themselves in the mix
for a state berth until frontrunner Jenna Carlson, a junior, experienced
similar trouble and joined Shannon in the struggle for the finish line,
finally crossing in 42nd place. The race was won by Minnetonka freshman
Alison Liewen, and Minnetonka (#6) also won the team championship by just 4
pts. over runner-up Eden Prairie (#1). Complete results:

Mike Krisch
Alison Liewen (center)

Photos of Mike Krisch & Alison Liewen are attached.

The 4AA section meet was won by Stillwater senior Jake Watson, younger
brother of Notre Dame sub-4 miler Luke Watson, in 15:40, while Blaine
junior Katie Anderson edged out 2001 state champion Ladia Albertson of
Stillwater by 4 seconds in 14:01. Complete results will also eventually be
posted on raceberryjam.com; in the meantime team results and top 10
individuals is available here:


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