USC cross country shines at Princeton

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 23, 2002

MILACA &045; The United South Central cross country teams put together their best performances of the season Saturday at the Princeton Invitational.

Billed as the largest one-day high school cross country meet in the world, Princeton attracts most of the top teams and individuals in the state.

Approximately 110 teams compete, with about 50 in Class A and 30 each in AA and AAA. This year eight of the top 12 boys’ teams and eight of the top rated girls teams competed.

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Sara Bias and Jamie Klein led the USC/AC girls to a third-place trophy, finishing 11th and 17th respectively.

In this meet, anything in the top 20 is outstanding,&uot; said USC coach Kent Viesselman. &uot;The best in the state are here, and Minnesota is a big place.&uot;

Kallie Rollenhagen and Becca Bryson again teamed up and continued to improve, finishing 41st and 42nd. Lindsey Rauenhorst had her best race of the season, finishing 56th. Rounding out the Rebels were Amelia Treptow (85th) and Michelle Sonnek (118th).

The Rebels, rated No. 8 in Class A, finished ahead of four higher-rated teams, including No. 1 New London-Spicer, which was fourth with 178 points. No. 2 rated Staples-Motley won with 106.

The boys also competed very well, surprising themselves with a fourth-place team finish. Justin Youngblom had his best race of the season, placing 10th. Bob Schmitz was 26th, Jake Stenzel 59th, Chris Vondracek 89th and Eric Youngblom and 90th to complete the Rebels scoring. Spencer Niebuhr (138th) and Mike Soma (183rd) were the other two Rebels.

The USC boys, rated 12th, defeated four teams rated above them.