St. Anthony brings home conference cross country title

The St. Anthony Village High School boys cross country team won its first conference cross country championship last week at Battle Creek Park in Maplewood. The Huskies’ 24 points were by far the lowest of the six teams competing in the Tri-Metro Conference meet.

Runner-up Holy Angels finished with 67 points and third-place DeLaSalle had 89.

In addition to the team title, the St. Anthony boys also claimed the individual medalist honor. That went to senior Nick Lawson, who blew away the competition. His time of 16:18.85 over the 5,000-meter course was nearly 70 seconds faster than second-place Kyle Schnichels of Holy Angels. Schnichels’ time was 17:27.03.

St. Anthony also claimed the third, fifth, seventh and eighth-place finishers. Senior Nicholas Gulachek took third, junior Tim Twoy was fifth, junior Nathan Dropik-Landweh ran seventh and junior Tommy DeMars finished eighth.

The St. Anthony girls team finished second to Visitation in the conference meet. The Blazers won with a team score of 32 while the Huskies were next with 71 points.

Junior Claire Bedore paced St. Anthony and finished fifth overall with a 4,000-meter time of 16:47.98. St. Anthony’s other point scorers were junior Elena Forsline, who ran ninth; eighth grader Lily Saddoris, freshman Ava Grotting and junior Emily O’Brien, who crossed the finish line in 18th, 19th and 20th place, respectively.

Next up for St. Anthony is the Section 5AA state qualifier on Thursday at Anoka High School.

—Brian Meyers

Tri-Metro Conference cross country championships

Oct. 14 at Battle Creek Park

Team scores

1 – St. Anthony Village    24
2 – Holy Angels    67
3 – DeLaSalle    89
4 – St. Croix Lutheran    110
5 – Fridley    123
6 – Concordia Academy    131

1 – Visitation    32
2 – St. Anthony Village    71
3 – St. Croix Lutheran    102
4 – Fridley    106
5 – DeLaSalle    109
6 – Holy Angels    114


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