Wayzata girls run to Nike cross-country title in Oregon

  • Article by: JIM PAULSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2013 - 7:18 PM


Winning the Class 2A state championship last month was just the beginning of a successful postseason for the Wayzata girls’ cross-country team.

The Trojans were runaway winners at the Nike Heartland Regional meet in Yankton, S.D., in November and rode that momentum to victory Saturday in the Nike Cross-Country Nationals in Portland, Ore.

Wayzata’s top five finishers — Anna French, Annika Lerdall, Mary Franke, Michaela Keller-Miller and Alayna Sonnesyn — scored 108 team points. Runner-up Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.), seeking an eighth consecutive title, finished 12 points behind.

French, a junior, finished eighth overall with a 5K time of 17 minutes, 43.4 seconds. In the boys’ race, Edina, which won the Heartland Regionals, finished 10th.

All-America soccer

Blake senior midfielder Korli Akiti was one of just two Minnesotans named to the All-America first team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. North St. Paul forward Justin Oliver was also named to the first team.

On the girls’ side, 2013 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year Elizabeth Endy of Minnetonka was named first team All-America as a defender. Benilde-St. Margaret’s Kelly Pannek made the team as a midfielder.

State swimming rankings

Blake/Breck was ranked No. 2 and Orono No. 3 in the first Class 1A boys’ swimming and diving dual-meet rankings released by the State Swimming Coaches Association Monday. St. Thomas Academy earned the top spot.

Worth noting

• Waconia senior guard Ryan Boll scored 30 points in the Wildcats’ 80-65 victory over Mound-Westonka Saturday.

It was his second 30-plus outing of the season.

• Holy Family Michaela Rasmussen scored 31 points, including her 1,000th career point, and had 15 rebounds in the Fire’s 77-52 victory over Holy Angels Friday.

• Delano freshman wrestler Tucker Sjomeling went 4-0 to claim the 113-pound title at the Don Meyers Invitational at Fridley. Sjomeling is ranked No. 1 at 106 in Class 2A.


Jim Paulsen • 612-673-7737


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