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Benilde-St. Margaret's retiring jersey of Olympic hockey gold medalist Kelly Pannek



Kelly Pannek, a member of the 2018 Olympic women's hockey team that won the gold medal, will be the first female hockey player to have her jersey retired by Benilde-St. Margaret's.

The ceremony is schedule for the Red Knights' Nov. 20 home game against Minnetonka at the St. Louis Park Rec Center. About 7 p.m., Pannek, a 2014 B-SM graduate, will say a few words from the ice and then see her No. 19 high school jersey unveiled. The game beings shortly after at 7:15.

At intermission, Pannek will be on-hand for a reception.

As a senior forward in 2013-14, Pannek led the Red Knights to their first Class 2A tournament appearance since 2008. She then played three seasons for Minnesota, winning NCAA championships in 2015 and 2016.

She redshirted last season to play with Team USA and has returned for her senior campaign.

Washburn's Covert leads state's domination of regional Nike run

Minnesota’s elite girls' distance runners dominated the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional on Sunday, taking four of the top five spots.

Minneapolis Washburn senior Emily Covert, who recently defended her Class 2A state cross-country title, won her first regional meet in Sioux Falls, S.D., in a time of 17 minutes, 6.3 seconds.

Winona Cotter sisters Grace and Lauren Ping placed second and third. Farmington’s Anna Fenske took fourth. Grace Ping won the Class 1A state meet Nov. 3 and Fenske was the 2A champion in 2016.

All four, along with top two teams Wayzata and Edina, qualified for the national meet to be held in December in Portland, Ore.

In the boys’ race, Class 2A champion Acer Iverson of Roseville placed fourth and Wayzata’s Andrew Brandt finished sixth. Both advance to the national meet.

Mounds View won the team crown with Edina, Stillwater and Wayzata grabbing third through fifth.

For Mounds View, winning the regional meet qualifies the Mustangs for their first Nike Cross Nationals in program history.

"We were thinking about NXN for a long time, it was a distant goal," senior Austin Streit told Cory Mull of "We all knew it was a possibility. After the state meet, we came in and we knew we had a shot to do something special and for the first time in our program's history, we're going to go to NXN. We're all excited."