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The Rike Stuff: Frosh Wins Conference; Tigers Roar

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 at 5:36 am

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Pine City cross country coach Mary Anderson says she knew freshman Sherry Rike had the talent to win the Great River Conference Championship, but didn’t know if she would be able to pull it off.  Well, she did.  Rike won the conference crown by 17-seconds, finishing with a time of 16:26.

Rike on winning the championship:

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Coach Anderson on Rike’s performance:

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Picture 1646Rike finished strong, passing Rush City’s Ashley Swanson on the second lap around the Pine City Golf Course.  Swanson helped the Tigers win the overall girls race.  Rush City finished six runners in the top ten.  Coach Kevin Smith talks about the performance of the lady Tigers.

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Picture 1651The Rush City boys also won the overall competition.  Tigers senior Josh Wurdemann was the catalyst in the championship.  He won the individual race by almost a minute.  He says even though the race wasn’t he best, he is pleased with the win.

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Coach Smith says Wurdemann is as good of a runner and hard worker as Rush City has had in recent years.

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Girls Team Scores

Rush City – 29

Pine City – 43

Braham – 86

Mille Lacs – 91

East Central – 104

All Conference (Top 10 finishers)

1. Sherry Rike – Pine City

2. Ashley Swanson – Rush City

3. Bethany Tomczyk – Rush City

4. Bailey Beckman -East Central

5. Abby Cummins – Pine City

6. Megan Miesner – Pine City

7. Laura Hestbeck – Rush City

8. Courtney Arvidson – Rush City

9. Bryanna Koehnle – Rush City

10. Jessica Westman – Braham

Boys Team Scores:

Rush City – 19

Pine City – 48

Hinckley-Finlayson – 75

East Central – 82

All Conference (Top 10 Finishers)

1. Josh Wurdemann – Rush City

2. Houston Carlson – Rush City

3. Cody Hanson – Pine City

4. Dan Taylor – Rush City

5. Ike Johnson – Rush City

6. Jeremiah Letourneau – Hinckley-Finlayson

7. Dan Weber – Rush City

8. Zach McCulloch – East Central

9. Mike Chounard – Pine City

10. John Dedic – Pine City

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