Girls are seventh at state, Miller makes history


The Maple Lake girls Cross Country team finished seventh at the state cross country meet, Saturday, Nov. 4, at St. Olaf College in Northfield. They are, from left, Grace Praska, Kate Graham, Margaret Graham, Ava Mergen, Gus Demarias, Sophie Pribyl, Mary Miller and Grace Heying. The girls are holding Mike Miller who advanced as an individual. He finished 51st at state. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

Members of the Irish girls cross country team line up at the starting line of the state cross country meet. The girls finished higher than expected and surprised some of the competition with their performance Saturday. They are pictured, from left, Kate Graham, Grace Praska, Ava Mergen, Grace Heying, Gus Demarias, Mary Miller and Sophie Pribyl.

Irish runners continued to make history last week with their seventh-place team finish at the state cross country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Once the dust settled, Saturday, Nov. 4, Maple Lake had accomplished some record-setting feats, including the first two personal bests at state in the 14 races run there since the program restarted in 2001, and the highest boys finish in school history.
Despite some pre-race jitters, the girls managed to outdo what was projected of them and surprised some of the competition in the process.

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