Tigers CC finishes 4th

Published 9:01 pm Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ninth-grader Blair Bonnerup runs for the Tigers in Fairmont. -- Submitted photo

Bonnerup, Thompson lead Albert Lea

The Albert Lea boys’ and girls’ cross country teams both finished fourth Monday at a six-team Cardinal Invite in Fairmont.

The race was ran during the hot, muggy weather Monday afternoon, and the runners battled 30 miles per hour wind gusts.

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“There are no excuses in cross country,” Albert Lea head coach Jim Haney said “We had to battle the elements and learned a great deal about ourselves in a challenging meet. The teams continue to improve and I look for the improvement to continue as we enter October.”

Ninth-grader Blair Bonnerup led the young the young Tigers team, finishing in 18 minutes, 49 seconds. Andy Christian and Steven Kruen were close behind, finishing third and fourth in 18:25 and 18:29, respectively.

Luc and Eli Malimanek rounded the top five.

Bailey Thompson again led the girls’ team, finishing sixth overall in 16:30.

“Thompson had a great race,” Haney said. “She has accepted all challenges and is beginning to gear up for the end of the year big races.”

Alyssa Sager , Emma Behling, Morgan Haney and Shelby Lageson rounded out the girls’ top five.

“All of these girls did a nice job of hanging in against great teams I was proud of their efforts,” Haney said. “They battled the entire race and that is all I can ask of my runners.”

The Albert Lea cross country team races again Saturday in Winona.



14. Blair Bonnerup 18:49

19. Andy Christian 19:25

20. Steven Kruen 19:29

26. Luc Malimanek 20:00

32. Eli Malimanek 20:10

48. Brandon Bonnerup 21:35

50. Brandon Ranum 21:38

62. Stuart Behling 22:40


6. Bailey Thompson 16:30

24. Alyssa Sager 18:34

28. Emma Behling 19:09

29. Morgan Haney 19:36

33. Shelby Lageson 20:47

36. Anabelle Randall 21:11

41. Natalie Peek 22:24

66. Sadie Burnett 23:17

72. Aeron Mangskau 24:02