CLOQUET — Geno Uhrbom looked as strong as ever as the Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin junior crossed the finish line at the Section 7A cross country championships Thursday at the Cloquet Country Club.

But about five minutes later, queasiness set in.

“After the race I felt kind of rugged. I jogged around a little bit to get my legs feeling better, and then I started puking,” Uhrbom said before letting out a laugh. “It happens.”

No guts, no glory.

Uhrbom cruised to his third-straight victory in the boys race, covering the 5,000-meter course in 15 minutes, 36.7 seconds, matching the personal record he clocked at regionals in South Dakota after the state meet his freshman year.

“I felt good, I felt really good,” Uhrbom said. “I came across at the mile in 4:45, so that was a pretty quick, almost track-pace mile. That probably burnt a lot of people behind.”

But for Geno, the defending Class A cross country, 1,600 and 3,200 champion, it was no problem.

“I just had to dig deep and carry on my pace,” he said. “I tried my best to kick in the last 400 meters or so, because I still wanted to get that quicker time. I was in control of it, so I didn’t have much to worry about except just staying in it mentally.”

Virginia freshman Cameron Stock finished about 25 seconds back in 16:01.9, while Ely senior Luke Olson was third in 16:11.7, with both runners setting new PRs. Uhrbom’s win helped GNK edge Ely for the boys team title as the Titans successfully defended their title.

Pequot Lake's Calia Chaney finishes first during Section 7A cross country championships at Cloquet Country Club Thursday. Chaney finished with a time of 18:32.6. (Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com)
Pequot Lake's Calia Chaney finishes first during Section 7A cross country championships at Cloquet Country Club Thursday. Chaney finished with a time of 18:32.6. (Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com)

Meanwhile, in the girls race, Pequot Lakes eighth grader Calia Chaney knocked off two-time defending champion Ava Hill to win the girls race in 18:32.6. Pequot Lakes, new to the section this year, also dethroned Mesabi East for the girls team title.

Hill had nothing to feel bad about: Her 18:50.5 clocking was her best-ever at sections and her best of the season. Afterward, the three-time defending Class A 800 champion was sporting a scrape along her left forearm, and a smile upon her face.

“I tripped on a root, and I went all the way down and slid,” Hill said of her fall late in the race. “But I got right back up. She was starting to make her move, and I was trying to make my move, but then I kind of hit the root.”

High and (mostly) dry



PRs fell like the sleet that hit runners in the boys Class A race, only for the same race to end under sunny skies (go figure … welcome to northern Minnesota).

While talking PRs in cross country isn’t an exact science as courses can differ so dramatically, what happened Thursday was still very telling.

Runners found the course surprisingly dry given the area's wet fall and the storm that came through earlier in the week. Temperatures were in the low 40s, not exactly balmy, but nothing these runners couldn’t handle, or aren’t already acclimated to.

“This was so much better than other courses this year,” said Stocke, who finished second last year as well. “I was so happy.”

Forest Lake's Daniel Vanacker and Cloquet's Jordan Allen stay neck and neck during Section 7AA cross country championships at Cloquet Country Club Thursday. Vanacker finished second and Allen finished third. (Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com)
Forest Lake's Daniel Vanacker and Cloquet's Jordan Allen stay neck and neck during Section 7AA cross country championships at Cloquet Country Club Thursday. Vanacker finished second and Allen finished third. (Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com)

Section 7AA



Forest Lake senior Max Charlsen pulled away from the rest of the field to win the Class AA boys race in 15:56.8, followed by teammate Danielle Vanacker (16:28.6), Cloquet senior Jordan Allen (16:33.2) and Duluth Denfeld junior Isaac Fink (16:43.9).

Andover junior Claire Beckman held off a strong challenge from Forest Lake freshman Ellie Hanowski to win the Class AA girls race by eight seconds in 18:53.7.

Forest Lake continued its dominance of the section, sweeping the boys and girls team titles, but Cloquet qualified its boys team for the state meet for the fourth straight year and fifth time in the past seven years.

Cloquet sophomore Harmony Tracy was the Northland’s top girl, finishing fifth in 19:16.5, crushing her previous PR of 19:30. Not bad for her first year out for cross country after swimming the past three years.

“I had done track and knew that I would really like it, and swimming gets kind of exhausting,” Tracy said as runners came across the finish line after her, collapsing like accordions. “I like being outside, breathing fresh air. The conditions were fantastic. It was the perfect temperature, and very flat. It’s a great course for a PR.”

Allen, meanwhile, sounded like he could star for a Halls commercial after crossing the finish line as he has been dealing with a cough recently. He hopes to shake it by the state meet Nov. 2 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

“Next week will be better,” Allen said with a grin.

Cloquet's Harmony Tracy (center) brushes past Forest Lake's Norah Hushagen (right) just in time to place fifth during Section 7AA cross country championships at Cloquet Country Club Thursday. (Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com)
Cloquet's Harmony Tracy (center) brushes past Forest Lake's Norah Hushagen (right) just in time to place fifth during Section 7AA cross country championships at Cloquet Country Club Thursday. (Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com)

Section 7 Championships

At Cloquet Country Club

Class AA

Boys

Teams

1. Forest Lake, 48; 2. Cloquet, 75; 3. Cambridge-Isanti, 130; 4. Princeton, 148; 5. Elk River, 151; 6. Andover, 165; 7. Duluth Denfeld, 175; 8. Duluth East, 194; 9. Grand Rapids, 238; 10. Big Lake, 259; 11. Chisago Lakes, 274; 12. Hibbing, 350; 13. Zimmerman, 364; 14. St. Francis, 385; 15. Hermantown, 403; 16. North Branch, 427.

Individuals

(Top two teams and next eight)

1. Max Charlsen, FL, 15:56.8; 2. Danielle Vanacker, FL, 16:28.6; 3. Jordan Allen, Cloq., 16:33.2; 4. Isaac Fink, DD, 16:43.9; 5. Ryan Young, P, 16:45.2; 6. Jaxon Jones, CI, 16:49.9; 7. Cameron, Heppner, A, 16:51.1; 8. Austin Sievers, FL, 16:55.6; 9. Logan Meinert, A, 17:00.4; 10. Evan Leonidas, DE, 17:01.1; 11. Jesse Bahen, Cloq., 17:02.5; 12. Owen Layton, BL, 17:03.6; 13. Jeremiah Vanacker, FL, 17:06.1; 14. Cale Prosen, Cloq., 17:06.8; 15. Sam Stertz, GR, 17:09.2; 19. Sam Buytaert, Cloq., 17:16.8; 24. Ethan Sievers, FL, 17:25.9; 27. Isaiah Zak, FL, 17:28.8; 28. Miles Fischer, Cloq., 17:31.1; 36. Josh Sander, Cloq., 17:47.1; 37. Noah Erickson, FL, 17:50.8; 44. Dennis Osvold, Cloq., 18:03.4.

Girls

Teams

1. Forest Lake, 34; 2. Andover, 56; 3. Cloquet, 112; 4. Hibbing, 170; 5. Cambridge-Isanti, 171; 6. Duluth East, 194; 7. Princeton, 197; 8. Elk River, 203; 9. Chisago Lakes, 215; 10. Zimmerman, 227; 11. St. Francis, 307; 12. Big Lake, 322; 13. Grand Rapids, 328; 14. Hermantown, 342; 15. North Branch, 402.

Individuals

(Top two teams and next eight)

1. Claire Beckman, A, 18:53.7; 2. Ellie Hanowski, FL, 19:02.2; 3. Natalie Runquist, FL, 19:08.8; 4. Alyssa Gerth, A, 19:16.2; 5. Harmony Tracy, Cloq., 19:16.5; 6. Norah Hushagen, FL, 19:16.6; 7. Lexi Duscher, P, 19:28.7; 8. Elizabeth Donner, A, 19:31.3; 9. Julia Daubner, P, 19:33.1; 10. Hailee Zimpel, Z, 19:40.7; 11. Jordan Parent, FL, 19:49.1; 12. Ava Wilson, FL, 19:52.3; 13. Jordan Merwin, CI, 19:54.1; 14. Audrey Neuerburg-Chapman, ER, 19:55.6; 15. Amelia Allen, Cloq., 19:56.4; 16. Sophia Smith, Z, 20:02.1; 17. Annabelle Stang, FL, 20:02.4; 20. Brekkyn Lammert, A, 20:15.2; 22. Amelea Hauer, FL, 20:32.1; 23. Julie Babineau, A, 20:33.4; 25. Madeline Greelis, A, 20:38.2; 28. Michelle Dyrdahl, A, 20:53.7.

Section coaches of the year — boys: Andrew Richardson, FL; girls: Tom Ostroot, P; assistant coach of the year: Sara Clemons, Princeton.

Class A

Boys

Teams

1. Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, 97; 2. Ely, 100; 3. North Shore, 115; 4. Pequot Lakes, 123; 5. Cromwell-Wright, 172; 6. Virginia, 178; 7. Moose Lake-Willow River/Barnum, 214; 8. Proctor, 223; 9. Mountain Iron-Buhl, 225; 10. Eveleth-Gilbert, 229; 11. Carlton-Wrenshall, 229; 12. International Falls, 296; 13. Mesabi East, 324. 14. Esko, 343; 15. Crosby-Ironton, 354; 16. Deer River-Northland, 441; 17. South Ridge, 530; 18. Pine River-Backus; 19. Duluth Marshall, 574; 20. East Central, 588; 21. Lakeview Christian, 604; 22. Chisholm, 620.

Individuals

(Top two teams and next eight)

1. Geno Uhrbom, GNK, 15:36.7; 2. Cameron Stocke, V, 16:01.9; 3. Luke Olson, Ely, 16:11.7; 4. Jeffrey Kayfes, MIB, 16:41.9; 5. Isaac Swanson, NS, 16:52.8; 6. Noah Foster, CW, 16:54.6; 7. Brenden Seipke, NS, 16:57.2; 8. Emmett Faltesek, Ely, 17:01; 9. Ethan Johnson, PL, 17:03.6; 10. Noah Smith, NS, 17:04.2; 11. Tucker Ringham, CI, 17:06.7; 13. Spencer Engel, GNK, 17:10.9; 18. Daniel Olson, GNK, 17:31.7; 19. Jasper Johnston, Ely, 17:32.3; 20. Gabriel Pointer, Ely, 17:34.4; 31. Connor Thoennes, GNK, 17:59.9; 34. Greg Peterson, GNK, 18:03.9; 38. Michael Butterfield, GNK, 18:08.3; 41. Levi Danielson, GNK, 18:11.2; 50. Dylan Fenske, Ely, 18:16.9; 89. Ethan Bremner, Ely, 19:39.9; 91. Harry Simons, Ely, 19:45.2.

Girls

Teams

1. Pequot Lakes, 74; 2. Mesabi East, 113; 3. North Shore, 139; 4. Proctor, 153; 5. Moose Lake-Willow River, Barnum, 195; 6. International Falls, 196; 7. South Ridge, 218; 8. Ely, 237; 9. Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, 242; 10. Mountain Iron-Buhl, 253; 11. Virginia, 264; 12. Duluth Marshall, 282; 13. Crosby-Ironton, 301; 14. Carlton-Wrenshall, 323; 15. Eveleth-Gilbert, 346; 16. Cromwell-Wright, 360; 17. Esko, 375; 18. East Central, 511.

Individuals

(Top two teams and next eight)

1. Calia Chaney, PL, 18:32.6; 2. Ava Hill, ME, 18:50.5; 3. Rian Zutter, PL,19:13.2; 4. Keegan

McAuliffe, DM, 19:21.1; 5. Emaleigh Olesiak, CW, 19:33.3; 6. Carley Chaney, PL, 19:43.4; 7. Lydia Skelton, ME, 19:49.2; 8. Liz Nelson, MIB, 19:51.4; 9. Alex Wercinski, V, 19:56.7; 10. Natalie Fultz, EG, 19:58.9; 11. Kate Nelson, MIB, 20:00.7; 12. Ryan Ford, IF, 20:00.8; 13. Lizz Harnell, Proctor, 20:07.2; 18. Bella Thomas, ME, 20:24.9; 27. Elisa Flaws, PL, 21:16.4; 35. Hailey Ronning, ME, 21:35.3; 37. Emma Flaws, PL, 21:39.1; 40. Lilix Gustafson, PL, 21:43.7; 51. Kora Forsline, ME, 21:58.2; 59. Hanna Hannuksela, ME, 22:21.2; 61. Anna Greenlee, ME, 22:24.3; 82. Cassidy Chaney, PL, 23:17.1.

Section coaches of the year — boys: Will Floersheim, GNK; girls: Steve Ekman, ME, and Jeff Brever, PL; assistant coaches of the year — boys: Dan Hebl, NS; girls: Kari Hunt, ME.