Stoks smiles ‘big’ after win PDF Print E-mail

nick stoksNick Stoks (right) ran against his cousin, Grant VanKeulen of Marshall (left). Staff Photo by Gayle VanVooren.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

It wasn’t difficult to know who won the boys’ race at Canby Tuesday.
Canby runner Nick Stoks was all smiles and excitement as he said, “It was my best time of the year.”
His 16:25 was well ahead of everyone else and Stoks was beaming.
“I give a lot of credit to my cousin, Grant VanKeulen of Marshall. He runs with me and pushes me alot,” Stoks said.
He credits his success to  “Pushing myself in practice and in the meets.”
Canby-Minneota-Lincoln high took second to Marshall.

Stoks also spent a lot of time this summer getting ready for the season. “I ran every day in the summer,” he said, adding, “Not hard, but I got the miles in.”
Luke Jessen’s 18:37 was good for ninth place and second amongst CML runners. He was followed by Wyatt Johansen in 12th; McKinley Johansen in 16th and Ted Berckes in 19th for CML.

Team scores: 1. Marshall 25; 2. CML 53; 3. Murray County Central 76; 4. MACCRAY-RCW 89; 5. Ortonville 136; 6. Yellow Medicine East 159.
CML: 1. Stoks, 16:25; 9. Jessen, 18:37;12. Wyatt Johansen 18:51; 16. McKinley Johansen 19:05; 19. Ted Berckes, 19:13.
Others: 23. Nathan Pavek 19:35; 24. Mitchel Johansen 19:37; 35. John Deslaurers 20:47; 47. Ben Kamrath 22:26.
BOYS JV: 1. Marshall 20; 2. CML 50; 3. YME 53. 7. Quentin Beiningen 17:56; 9. Chrstian Full 18:18; 10. Jack Anundson (Minneota) 18:31; 12. Westley Skogen 18:57; 18. Riley Full 20:08.
BOYS JUNIOR HIGH: 1. CML 15. 1. Billy Deslauriers 7:06; 3. Nathan Cooper 7:31; 4. Cole Regnier 7:32; 5. Braeden Full 7:45.

Top times at St. Olaf
By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

ST. OLAF COLLEGE RUN: Canby-Minneota-Lincoln HI cross country Coach Beth Jessen likes the idea of her runners competing in the huge invitational at St. Olaf College in Northfield during the regular season.
“This is the course we run on at the state meet so it’s good to get the kids experience on this course,” said Jessen.
Considering the fact there were 22 girls teams and 24 boys team and about 400 boys and over 300 girls competing, the local runners had some solid finishes.
Leah Jessen finished 11th overall in a time of 15:42. The freshman had a solid run with teammate Sariah Cheadle of Minneota not far behind in 25th place at 16:09.
The CML girls also got Ashley Grengs in 50th place and Erin Kamrath in 75th.
Among the top boys was Nick Stoks, who ran 10th in a sea of about 400 runners and finished at 16:46.
Teammate Luke Jessen was 119th at 18:53. Ted Berckes was in 136th place as the third CML runner.