11/1/2012 10:05:00 AM CL continues dream run, going to state
By JEFF NORTON
After an unlikely and surprise North Suburban Conference title two weeks ago, the Chisago Lakes boys cross country team continued their amazing run by earning a trip to the state tournament at sections last week. While the boys team was flying high, however, Abbi Forsman’s two-year cross country career came to a sudden and painful halt. After making the state tournament last year and going all out to make this year a special one, Forsman ran into a roadblock. Towards the end of the year, Forsman suffered a stress fracture in her foot that caused her to miss some time, including the North Suburban Conference championship race. But, with the rest, Forsman hoped to be able to run sections and qualify for state again. She qualified for the state tournament, but it sure came at a cost. She finished in 10th place in the race and qualified as an individual, but at some point during the section race, her stress fracture turned into a full on break. “Abbi ran one of the gutsiest races I’ve ever seen,” Head Coach Ken Orwoll said after the meet.
“She finished in a lot of pain, but she is one determined kid.” The break means that despite her qualifying time, Forsman will not be able to compete at the state tournament this weekend at St. Olaf College. Her foot is in a cast and will stay there for the time being. The boys were able to brighten the mood for everyone a bit, however. After claiming a North Suburban Conference crown two weeks ago, their haul grew when they finished second in Section 7AA and earned a trip to the state tournament. The boys were just over a second away from winning the section and going into state as the champion, but the second place team also earns the trip. The boys were taking the course at Cloquet Country Club just as the rain and snow were letting up. The weather was still chilly for a cross country meet, but it didn’t matter to the boys. Junior Andy Magnuson led the Wildcats with a time of 16:29. It put him in sixth place overall in the meet. He was oh-so-close to putting the Wildcats in the top spot. He was running side-by-side with Lucas Trapp of Elk River and Colin Cottingham of Grand Rapids. Trapp finished in 16:28.4 and Cottingham in 16:28.9. If Magnuson could’ve passed those two, it would’ve been the difference in first place and second place for the Wildcats.
Sophomore Zac West continued his meteoric rise and finished 19th in the section in a time of 17:25. Fellow sophomore Quinton Lee finishing in 17:30 in 21st place. Then, a pair of juniors came in close to each other to finish off the varsity scoring. Carl Osterberg finished in 24th place in 17:34 and Carson Velaski finished in 26th place in 17:36. Senior Noah Rockenback will also be going to his first state tournament as the sixth runner finished in 17:42 in 34th place. Freshman Tanner Haus was the other runner a part of the cause on Thursday, finishing in 79th place in 18:44. “After the first mile, I knew it was going to be between us an Elk River,” Orwoll said. “We had all five of our runners in before Elk River got their fourth runner in, but it just wasn’t enough. Elk River’s top three guys ran very well.” Orwoll didn’t discount what his boys did, though. “That was a real team effort by the guys,” he said. “Everyone ran well and were passing people all the way to the chute.” They needed to do that too, because Forest Lake ended up only 11 points back of Chisago Lakes in third place. The boys will run at 1 p.m. at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Saturday, Nov. 2. North Branch’s Rinke moves on North Branch eighth grader Rhianna Rinke was the only Vikings to extend her season to the state tournament. Rinke ran the Cloquet course in 15:06.5, good enough for third place in the section. Only senior Nicole Heitzman of Andover and freshman Rachel Ness of Elk River finished in front of her. Rinke will take to the course at 2 p.m. on Saturday.