ROCORI, Sartell, Apollo, Tech compete in Section 8AA girl cross country meet

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BEMIDJI — Teams didn’t know what to expect heading into the Section 8AA girls cross country meet Friday. 

Heading to Bemidji this morning, the weather changed frequently from snow storms to sunshine to cloud skies. The majority of the day consisted of sunshine and colder temperatures. 

The section was split into four separate races to align with the Minnesota State High School League’s COVID-19 guidelines. 

Tech started the day with a run at 11 a.m. and Sartell and ROCORI ran at 1 p.m. on Friday. Apollo concluded the day with a race at 5 p.m. 

Sartell's Mady Dockendorf (back) is looking to catch up to ROCORI's Ava Larsen at the end of Section 8AA girls cross country meet. This meet took place at Greenwood Golf Course in Bemidji on Friday, October 16, 2020.

The team scores showed ROCORI and Sartell in the top five with placements of third and fourth. Tech and Apollo finished 14th and 15th place. 

“We just had the girls look at this as a normal section meet with hopes of possibly advancing to state,” said ROCORI head coach Brad Bauer. “I thought we had a great race today and the girls ran well. It was definitely different, but the girls stayed focused on the race.”

The biggest obstacle for these runners was the condensed version of participants at each start line. 

Most of these girls are used to over 100 runners starting at one time and it allows them to pace more with another person during the race. Since each race was with four teams, there’s only 24-28 runners competing at one time. 

Sartell's Ingrid Buiceag-Arama was the top finisher for the Sabres in the Section 8AA girls cross country meet. This meet took place at Greenwood Golf Course in Bemidji on Friday, October 16, 2020.

Sartell’s Ingrid Buiceag-Arama felt prepared no matter what the circumstances were because she’s been running in section meets since seventh grade. The Sabres senior was running her final race on Friday and was hoping to qualify for a sixth straight year to the state meet. 

“It’s unbelievable to think six years already went by,” Buiceag-Arama said. “I remember being a seventh and eighth grader just learning about the program and now I’m running my final race. It’s been fun to see how I’ve grown and also see how this team has grown over the years.”



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