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Mountaineers claim top-5 finish at state

Coaches for the Alexandria Area Mountaineers go over a drill with the entire team during an Aug. 14 practice. The Mountaineers took fifth place in the Division 2 state meet in Mankato on Oct. 27-28. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria Area Mountaineers mountain biking club was well represented at the state meet in Mankato on Oct. 27-28, which culminated in a fifth-place finish among 47 teams in Division 2.

Izzy Rasmussen took first place in the JV2 girls division, scoring 550 points for the Mountaineers. She grabbed the lead from the start and built a 15-second advantage after reaching the top of the ski slope, then navigated through the dense trees and the sharp climbs and descents that stood between her and the finish line.

Elsewhere for Alexandria, Stormy Hegg took 13th place and scored 521 points in the varsity girls race as the Mountaineers’ lone senior. Tanner Goke contributed with 484 points to the team’s cause with an eighth-place finish in the JV2 boys race, and Tausha Lange added an even 500 points after taking 11th in the JV3 girls race.

The top four point scorers contribute to the team’s score. Crosby-Ironton took first in Division 2 with 2,272 points, while Highland Park-St. Paul (2,116) and Chaska (2,111) rounded out the top three. Armstrong (2,082) snuck into fourth as the only other team to beat out Alexandria’s 2,055 points.

Eleven other Mountaineers took part in the state meet. In the JV2 boys race, Logan Hegg took 16th, while Ryan Borris was 31st, Thomas Goeke 34th, Thomas Williams 36th, Ethan Swenson 80th and Conner Arndt 90th. For the freshman D2 boys race, Alexandria was led by Tommy Nichols (51st), Jeff Rodewald (73rd), Tristan Bautz (87) and Tom Navratil (96).  Bowen Tesch rounded out the results by taking 28th in the JV3 boys race.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez covers Bemidji State basketball and BSU for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Beaver basketball updates.

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