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Sieleing, Bartolomeo finish strong at state meet

In his final season, senior Will Sieling has shown why he is one of the leaders on the Cardinal boys' cross country team as he finished 51st at the State Class AA meet in his fourth appearance on the big stage.

Sieling finished his race in 16:32, just four seconds off his season best.

His teammate, junior Zac Bartolomeo, running in his second state meet, came in with a time of 16:36 for a 56th place finish, just nine seconds off his best time.

"Will and Zac competed as individuals," said head coach Mark Nelsen. "[They] prepared well and with great focus in their final meet of 2011.

"These two have been our front-runners all season long," he said. "This is the end of a great high school career for Will.

"He has been a positive leader and role model for our boys team. He is our lone senior on the varsity and will be missed."

Stillwater boys were State AA champions and Moorhead boys from Section 8AA were seventh in the team competition.

Winning the individual title was Josh Thorson of Wayzata with a 15:29.9.


TEAM SCORES - 1. Stillwater 92, 2. Burnsville 115, 3. Edina 129, 4. Rosemount 132, 5. Eden Prairie 137, 6. Andover 149, 7. Moorhead 165, 8. Rochester Mayo 197, 9. Owatonna 226, 10. Centennial 262, 11. Chanhassen 271, 12. White Bear Lake 274, 13. Marshall 277,1 4. Mounds View 303, 15. Willmar 339, 16. Forest Lake 452.

TOP 10 - 1. Josh Thorson, Wayzata 15:29.9, 2. Riley Macon, Rochester Mayo, 15:39.5, 3. Troy Koivisto, Dassel-Cokato, 15:40.1, 4. Glen Ellingson, Moorhead, 15:44.4, 5. Cole O'Brien, Burnsville, 15:46.3, 6. Kevin Docherty, Cretin-Derham Hall, 15:48.3, 7. Wayde Hall, Stillwater, 15:53.0, 8. Joey Duerr, Chaska, 15:57.7, 9. John Klecker, Hopkins, 16:00.7, 10. Eric Colvin, Stillwater, 16:01.0.

ALEXANDRIA RESULTS - 51. Will Sieling 16:32.1, 56. Zac Bartolomeo 16:36.4.