Despite missing most of the season with an injury, North Shore junior Isaac Swanson still managed to finish 25th overall at the Minnesota Class A cross-country meet Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

Swanson’s time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds was a little over a minute behind state champion Geno Uhrbom of Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin.

Swanson missed much of the season with a leg injury, but returned for the Polar League Conference and Section 7A meets at the end of the season. He didn’t match his best finish at the state meet — a 15th place finish in 2018 — but could contend for a top 10 or better finish in 2020.

Swanson and teammate Brenden Seipke ran close together throughout the race, with Seipke finished less than a second behind Swanson in 26th place. Senior Noah Smith finished in 81st in 17:20.1.

North Shore senior Noah Smith tries to hold off the competition during the Minnesota Class A cross-country meet Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Joe Brown/Forum News Service
North Shore senior Noah Smith tries to hold off the competition during the Minnesota Class A cross-country meet Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Joe Brown/Forum News Service

Minnesota State Cross Country Meet

At St. Olaf College

Northfield, Minn.

Top 5 Results and North Shore finishers

Class A

Boys

Teams

1. Perham, 75; 2. West Central, 83; 3. St. James, 154; 4. Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, 182; 5. Staples-Motley, 184; 6. Nova Classical Academy, 200; 7. Minnehaha Academy, 220; 8. Lake City, 228; 9. Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, 235; 10. East Grand Forks, 239; 11. St. Cloud Cathedral, 264; 12. Ely, 271; 13. Mankato Loyola/Cleveland, 282; 14. Heritage Christian, 287; 15. Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson, 321; 16. Redwood Valley, 352.

Individuals

1. Geno Uhrbom, GNK, 15:27.6; 2. Emmet Anderson, SM, 15:42.6; 3. Jacob Bright, West Central, 15:43.8; 4. Jakob McCleary, Perham, 15:48.7; 5. Hunter Klimek, SM, 15:49.7; 25. Isaac Swanson, North Shore, 16:39.0; 26. Brenden Seipke, NS, 16:39.7; 81. Noah Smith, NS, 17:20.1.