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Loer runs at Class A Championships

Wadena-Deer Creek's Bereket Loer takes a glance at the finish line and sprints towards it during the Class A Championships in St. Olaf College on Nov. 4. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal

Wadena-Deer Creek’s Bereket Loer made his debut at the Class A Championships on Nov. 4 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

Loer said it was an event that he was looking forward and was excited to compete on a designated cross country course.

Loer used a late dash to the finish line, surpassing several runners on his way to an 82nd place finish overall.

The event featured 176 runners from across the state. Loer finished the race with a time of 17 minutes, 28.1 seconds. The conditions favored the runners unlike the conditions in the Section 8A Championships in Bagley. It was a fast course as a new Class A record was set in the girls race by Tierney Wolfgram of Math and Science Academy.

The boys race went down to the wire with La Crescent’s Matt Steiger just edging the defending champion Declan Dahlberg. Steiger finished with a time of 15:44.8, earning the gold medal. Dahlberg came in at 15:44.8 as well, but was just beat out at the line. Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin’s Geno Uhrbom finished third. Wabasha-Kellogg’s Nick Meyer came in fourth, while Keiser Freetly of Lac Qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd came in fifth, rounding out the top five.

The Perham boys team captured the team title with 118 points, while St. James Area finished in second place with 148 points. Mankato-Loyola came in third with 154 points.

It’s strong end for Loer, who was making his first cross country appearance. He competed in state track and field as a ninth grader. It’s a strong sign for the Wolverines, who graduate only one senior from the 2017 team. They hope to make a bid at a state spot next year.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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