Raiders cross country off to state this weekend

If it’s the first week of November, it means the Roseville Area High School girls cross country team should be preparing for the state meet. That’s exactly what the Raiders are doing after finishing second at the section meet last week.

Roseville takes part in the Class AA state meet on Saturday, Nov. 5, at St. Olaf College in Northfield. This is the 12th time in the past 15 years that the Raiders have qualified as a team for the state meet.

The Class AA girls race at state is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.

Roseville qualified for state by finishing in the top two in the Section 4AA team standings. White Bear Lake won the section title with a score of 38 and the Raiders were next with 64. The top two teams in each section advance to state.

Since 2001, Roseville has finished no worse than third at sections. The Raiders have five section championships and have finished second seven times in that span.

In addition to claiming a state berth, Roseville also had the top individual performance at the section meet. Naomi Boehm set the pace not only for the Raiders but for the entire meet by completing the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 11.1 seconds. The runner-up, seventh grader Molly Moening from St. Paul Highland Park, finished 9.1 seconds behind Boehm.

Roseville sophomore Carly Dahms also finished in the top 10 and completed the race in fewer than 20 minutes. Her time of 19 minutes, 54.9 seconds landed her in seventh place overall.

The places of the top five runners for each count towards the team score and the rest of Roseville’s top five included junior Sam Kurkowski (13th place) and eighth graders Petra Bibeau (21st) and Naomi Nickel (22nd).

Roseville also had seventh grader Bergen Haag (26th) and eighth grader Amara Jackson (27th) compete in the section meet.

White Bear Lake won the team title by placing its top five runners in the top 20. Four of them finished in the top 10.

Stillwater finished third but was 36 points behind Roseville.

On the boys side, Roseville is sending one individual to the state meet. Sophomore Acer Iverson finished high enough in the standings to earn a state berth.

In addition to the runners from the top two teams, the top eight individuals not on one of those teams also advance to state. Iverson finished seventh overall and was the fifth runner not on a top-two team to cross the finish line.

Iverson completed the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 34.1 seconds. St. Paul Como Park senior Innocent Murwanashyaka won the individual title with a time of 15 minutes, 49.2 seconds, which was 27 seconds faster than the runner-up, Stillwater sophomore Addison Stansbury.

Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.



Section 4AA cross country championships

Team scores


1 — Stillwater 51

2 — White Bear Lake 88

3 — Woodbury 91

4 — St. Paul Highland Park 92

5 — St. Paul Central 109

6 — Roseville 140

7 — Cretin-Derham Hall 199

8 — St. Paul Como Park 271

9 — Mahtomedi 282

10 — North St. Paul 288

11 — Tartan 304

12 — Hill-Murray 327

13 — St. Paul Washington 332

14 — St. Paul Harding 431

15 — St. Paul Johnson 436

16 — St. Paul Humboldt 492



1 — White Bear Lake 38

2 — Roseville 64

3 — Stillwater 100

4 — St. Paul Highland Park 125

5 — Mahtomedi 127

6 — St. Paul Central 151

7 — Woodbury 171

8 — Cretin-Derham Hall 267

9 — Tartan 277

10 — Hill-Murray 284

11 — North St. Paul 284

12 — St. Paul Como Park 297





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