The 2013 Morrison Country Record All-Area Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams:
Andrew Zachman, junior, Holdingford
Zachman, the Morrison County Record Boys Runner of the Year, had already competed in a state meet by the time the season started, but hadn’t made nearly the mark on the region’s distance running as he would by the end of the fall, winning the Central Minnesota Conference meet by more than half a minute before taking eighth place in Class A in 16:20.7 to garner all-state distinction.
Abe Skwira, junior, Holdingford
Skwira teamed up with Zachman to form a dynamic duo for the Huskers once again, finishing as the runner-up as the tandem finished one-two at the Central Conference meet, followed by qualifying for his second state meet in a row, where he placed 28th overall in Class A in 16:59.8.
Mathew Massmann, senior, Little Falls
Massmann was one of the anchors for the Flyers throughout his senior season, consistently running near the front of the pack in big meets. Massmann secured All-Granite Ridge Conference honors with a sixth-place finish while also leading Little Falls at the Section 8AA meet with a 17th-place time of 17:35.2.
Sebastian Sowada, senior, Little Falls
The leading runner on Little Falls’ first-ever Granite Ridge Conference champion team, Sowada was a key force for the Flyers throughout the fall. Sowada took third place to earn all-conference honors with a time of 17:19 as Little Falls breezed past ranked opponents in St. Cloud Cathedral and Mora.
Cameron Smith, senior, Little Falls
Smith took another big step forward for Little Falls this fall, proving to be a reliable contributor near the front of the pack for a team beset by injuries. One of Smith’s biggest performances was turned in at the conference meet, earning All-Granite Ridge honors with a fifth-place finish in 17:30, while he also placed 18th in the Section 8AA meet to conclude the season.
Emily Wolter, junior, Holdingford
Wolter, the Morrison County Record Girls Runner of the Year, provided stability to a Huskers team that experienced a variety of injuries, helping Holdingford secure a Central Minnesota Conference championship and clinching a third trip to the state meet in a row this fall. At state, Wolter placed 63rd overall in 16:02.4 in Class A.
Abby Mokhtary, senior, Holdingford
One of the Huskers’ most clutch runners throughout her career, Mokhtary helped seal the team’s third consecutive trip to the meet with one of her all-time best performances at the Section 6A meet, placing 12th in 16:00 to cross the line first for Holdingford. Mokhtary also earned All-Central Minnesota Conference distinction by taking sixth overall.
Jo Merten, freshman, Holdingford
Only a freshman, Merten is already a perfect three-for-three competing in state meets during her career as a steadying presence for Holdingford. Merten was also the top finisher for the Central Minnesota Conference champion Huskers, taking fourth individually in 16:25.17.
Heidi Moe, junior, Little Falls
A beacon of consistency, Moe provided a sterling veteran presence for a youthful Little Falls lineup that captured runner-up honors in the Granite Ridge Conference. Moe was one of four Flyers to lead the team in various meets this fall, taking 20th in the conference meet and clocking a time of 17:01.8 at sections.
Sophia Sowada, eighth-grader, Little Falls
Sowada crammed a huge impact into only half a season of varsity action for the Flyers, sprinting onto the scene midway through the fall to become one of Little Falls’ top runners. Sowada sparked a runner-up finish for the Flyers in the Granite Ridge Conference meet, taking seventh individually in 16:29.
Boys Honorable mention
Daniel Mushel, senior, Little Falls
Josh Kapsner, junior, Little Falls
Tyler Moore, freshman, Little Falls
Hunter Zupko, eighth-grader, Little Falls
Kyle Becker, junior, Pierz
Zach Carlson, junior, Royalton
Tremayne Collins, junior, Royalton
Ben Borash, sophomore, Royalton
Nick Hiltner, senior, Holdingford
Marcus Rick, sophomore, Holdingford
Girls Honorable mention
Amelia Kresha, sophomore, Little Falls
Kendal Hendrickson, freshman, Little Falls
Annika Bjorge, eighth-grader, Little Falls
Anna McNamara, eighth-grader, Little Falls
Catherine Zack, eighth-grader, Little Falls
Maggie Gruber, junior, Pierz
Emma Hoheisel, freshman, Royalton
Sunni Ebnet, sophomore, Holdingford
Rachael Preusser, sophomore, Holdingford
Alli Ruprecht, freshman, Holdingford