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Cross-country: Sisters lead Storm to state

The North Shore Storm girls cross-country team qualified for the Minnesota Class A meet for the second consecutive year. (Front, from left) Brooklyn Smith, Cedar Gordon, Claire LaVigne, Autumn Smith and Isabell Schottenbauer; (back) Lamar Gordon, Malin Anderson, Louise Ramberg and Kate Walsberg. (Photo courtesy of Dan Hebl)1 / 2
North Shore sophomore Cedar Gordon runs in the Section 7A cross-country meet at Cloquet Country Club. Gordon finished 10th in the section. (Photo courtesy of Mark Gordon)2 / 2

After a muddy, rainy race in the Section 7A cross-country meet at the Cloquet Country Club, the North Shore Storm found themselves in a familiar position.

For the second straight year, they qualified for the the state meet, this year led by sisters Cedar and Lamar Gordon.

Cedar, a sophomore, has been one of the Storm's top two runners all season. She finished the 5,000-meter race in 20 minutes, 20.4 seconds, good enough for 10th in the section.

Lamar has been a reliable fourth or fifth runner throughout the season, but she surprised her sister at the Oct. 25 race, finishing 14th — less than six seconds after her sister.

"At the end, I thought I was all alone in the kick," Cedar said. "I looked back, but I didn't see anybody — I think I looked back the wrong way or something. When I finished there was this whole crowd that finished right after me and I had no idea. That was pretty crazy — (Lamar) was in a group of three girls right behind me and I didn't know any of them were behind me. I probably would have sprinted a little harder at the end if I had known people were right behind me."

Storm junior Kate Walsberg, who finished 38th at the section meet, is excited for a second crack at the Minnesota Class A meet on Saturday, Nov. 3, since they will be running a more familiar course their second time around.

"I feel like this year we will have more of a feel for what the course is, now that we've already run, so we know what's coming," Walsberg said. "We know that it's a really fast course and everyone is going to be pushing us. I feel like we have more of a heads up of what we are able to do and where the course is really tough."

Mesabi East junior Ava Hill won the Section 7A crown for the second consecutive year with a time of 18:54.5 and led the Giants to the team title as well.

Section 7A Championships

At Cloquet Country Club

Teams

1. Mesabi East, 98; 2. North Shore, 111; 3. Moose Lake-Willow River/Barnum, 133; 4. Proctor, 135; 5. Duluth Marshall, 155; 6. Virginia, 174; 7. South Ridge, 193; 8. International Falls, 193; 9. Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, 211; 10. Mountain Iron-Buhl, 213; 11. Eveleth-Gilbert, 285; 12. Ely, 287; 13. Wrenshall, 313; 14. Esko, 337; 15. East Central, 389; 16. Cromwell-Wright/Floodwood, 402; 17. Deer River, 484.

Individuals

State Qualifiers

1. Ava Hill, ME, 18:54.5; 2. Sydney Binsfield, P, 19:16.0; 3. Ashlee Siegle, DM, 19:37.9; 4. Natalie Fultz, EG, 19:42.0; 5. Lydia Skelton, ME, 19:47.0; 6. Bella Thomas, ME, 19:53.5; 7. Zoe Devine, Ely, 19:56.5; 8. Ryan Ford, IF, 20:06.6; 9. Emma Stattelman, DM, 20:16.7; 10. Cedar Gordon, NS, 20:20.4; 14. Lamar Gordon, NS, 20:26.0; 20. Autumn Smith, NS, 21:05.6; 29. Claire LaVigne, NS, 21:32.1; 38. Kate Walsberg, NS, 21:47.5; 41. Malin Anderson, NS, 21:54.2; 43. Louise Ramberg, NS, 22:00.1.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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