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Cross country: B-E boys first at three-team meet in Wheaton

The Brandon-Evansville cross country runners with the medals they won for winning a meet in Wheaton on Saturday. Pictured are (left to right) Blake Merritt, Abram Fossell, Wesley Siira, Logan Froemming and Cole Miller. (Submitted photo)

The Brandon-Evansville cross country teams were in Wheaton on Saturday for a small invite as the boys won in a three-team field.

The Chargers faced athletes from Border West and Tri-State as the B-E boys finished with 32 points. Wesley Siira won the 5K meet in 18:50, while Abram Fossell (19:19) and Logan Froemming (19:22) were second and third. Blake Merritt finished sixth overall in 20:20 and Cole Miller rounded out the field in 20th place (31:13).

“I feel this was a stepping stone for the program,” B-E head coach Robert Bosma said. “We have been attending many large meets and have held our own, but this was a chance to see how we do with a smaller meet. On Friday, I laid out my expectations with the guys that we should aim for top-two teams, and they responded well. Wes and Abram led the entire meet and worked well with each other. Likewise, Blake and Logan worked with each other for most of the meet.

“With a mile left in the race, Logan started to lose sight of the top runners and he surged ahead. He knew I wanted him to chase down Abram and Wes, and he ran his best race of the year by 30 seconds. This helped Blake to also better his best time by over half a minute. Cole was our last competitor. He had joined the team late and has been struggling with a leg injury, but he gutted it out to help the team and record a first race for the year.”

The B-E girls ran in a small field of just eight varsity runners total. Caitlyn Deschene was second in 24 minutes, while Maeve Huisman finished fifth in 26:08.

“Caitlyn ran a strong race,” Bosma said. “She was determined and focused. She went out and led the first mile or so, but pushed a little too hard, too quickly. When (Samantha) Franzese from Border West passed her, Caitlyn responded well and did her best to match the speed. Franzese just had a better last part of the race than Caitlyn.”

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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