<HR><CENTER><B>Area runners gather at Adrian</B></CENTER>
Strong winds made an already tough course even more challenging, but Luverne, A-E and Hills-Beaver Creek-Ellsworth athletes made impacts during different races during the meet.
A-E was the lone area program to field complete teams in both varsity races.
The Harrier girls scored 75 points to place third behind Southwest Star Concept-Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster (27) and Murray County Central (49) in the team competition. The A-E boys had 53 points, placing second to MCC (22).
Sarah Kruger led A-E's girls by placing seventh in 18:11.
Krissi Thier (12th in 18:54), Ashley Diller (14th in 19:02), Kelly Banck (15th in 19:07) and Lacey Heitkamp (17th in 19:29) contributed to the team tally. Chelsea Heitkamp placed 18th in 20:06 without influencing the scorng.
Jason Eickhoff paced the Harrier boys by finishing fifth in 19:45.
Wade Ulmer (10th in 20:25), Paul Honermann (11th in 20:26), Todd Alberty (13th in 20:59) and Jake Salter (14th in 21:01) helped A-E's team cause.
James Matthiesen and Josh Markl finished 19th and 20th with respective 22:39 and 23:06 times without influencing the scoring.
Luverne and H-BC-E used a combination of five runners in the varsity events.
Cardinal Hannah Dietrich and Patriot Brad Haak turned in strong performances by placing second in their respective varsity runs. Dietrich was timed at 17:32, and Haak completed his race in 19:22.
Luverne's Jesse Kuhlman and Tony Kopp placed 12th and 18th in the varsity race with times of 20:44 and 21:37.
H-BC-E's Nathan Fick was 17th in 21:26.
Here is a look at the rest of the individual results from the meet.
Junior high boys
H-BC-E: Tyler Bush, first, 5:43; Kale Wiertzema, sixth, 6:39; Travis Broesder, eighth, 6:45; Kerry Fink, ninth; 6:49; Derek Haak, 12th, 7:21; Justin Hinks, 18th, 11:13.
Luverne: Nick Otten, second, 6:08; Ruston Aaker, third, 6:18; Travis Halfman, 13th, 7:36; Michael Nelson, 15th, 7:48.
Adrian: Brandon Bullerman, fifth, 6:33; Joey Bullerman, seventh, 7:03; Marcus Uithoven, 17th, 9:03; Aldon Vassler, 19th, 7:03.
Junior high girls
Luverne: Sadie Dietrich, first, 6:53; Victoria Arends, second, 7:17; Amanda Saum, third, 7:22; Jessica Willers, ninth, 7:53; Breanna Studer, 12th, 8:21; Michelle Riddle, 16th, 8:58.
H-BC-E: Melinda Feucht, fourth, 7:24; Kari Roozenboom, 10th, 7:54; Amanda Tilstra, 13th, 8:21; Kilee Baker, 15th, 9:38.
Adrian: Samantha Ferguson, fifth, 7:30; Erika Fransen, sixth, 7:38; Abbey Henning, eighth, 7:45; Jenny Weiss, 14th, 19:45.
Junior varsity boys
H-BC-E: Matt Buck, third, 16:19.
Luverne: Kevin Klay, 15th, 21:35.
Adrian: Derek Vastenhout, fifth, 16:35; Kelly Seeman, 12th, 19:42; Paul Poppen, 13th, 19:45; Jesse Vande Kieft, 14th, 19:45.
Junior varsity girls
Adrian: Lindsay Loosbrock, sixth, 16:35; Sarah Wolf, seventh, 22:03; Jessica Lynn, eighth, 22:10.