Strande runs in state meet

Aletta Strande
Bill Bentson

Freshman Aletta Strande of Chatfield finished 88th at the 2019 state cross-country meet with a time of 20:32.8.  Strande finished exactly in the middle of the 176 runners that competed in this year’s meet.

Strande ran a race that was very competitive with her section race, where she had a time of 20:06.1. 

Likely, running in a state meet, compared to a section meet is more difficult, as Natasha Sortland (Zumbrota-Mazeppa/Kenyon-Wanamingo), the Section 1A winner (18:11.4), finished 78th at the state meet with a time of 20:29.6. So many things can happen when you’re competing in a race with 176 runners. Sortland was the No. 1 ranked runner in Class A in the final poll.

State meet notes

Team winner was Perham (103), followed by Luverne (138), Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (154), Murray County Central (165), and Staples-Motley (171).  Lake City (180), the Section 1A winner, was sixth and Section 1A runner-up, Stewartville (205), was ninth.  Perham was the No. 1 ranked team, Luverne was No. 4, HLWW was No. 5, MCC was No. 3 and Staples-Motley was ranked at No. 2.

Individual winner was Morgan Gehl (Murray Co. Central, 17:53.5), followed by Jade Rypkema (Nevis, 18:20.2), Tenley Nelson (Luverne, 18:27.1), Ava Hill (Mesabi East, 18:38.9) and Addison Hoof (Mayer Lutheran/Lester Prairie/Winsted Holy Trinity, 18:46.8).

Luke O’Hare (Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson), first place at the Section 1A boys meet, was 17th (16:29.9), collecting all-state honors. 

Perham was also the boys state winner, living up to its No. 1 ranking.  Lake City was ninth for the boys and LARP was 15th.