The Blue Earth Area boys and girls cross country teams competed at Riverside Town and Country Club in the South Central Conference Championship Meet on Oct. 8.
The boys' runner-up finish was the best since 2006, according to coach Tom Plocker. They also had three runners finish in the top 11 spots.
Boys results: Waseca 20, BEA 64, Fairmont 72, St. James 87, St. Peter 122.
Zach Vaske (18:14) finished fifth overall and took home All-Conference honors. Heading into his final lap, Vaske was one spot out of the coveted All-Conference honor, but picked up the pace and passed three competitors to finish fifth.
Isaac Miranda, (18:52) 'crushed the last mile to just miss a medal' according to Plocker. Miranda finished eighth overall.
Mike Ankeny (19:05) contributed to the teams success as well by finishing 11th.
Other Buc runners included: Jordan Stelter (20:04); Kyle Mercer (20:08); Adam Buseman (22:08); Nick Shure (23:41).
Boys JV (5,000 meters): Gabe Jacobsen (22:43); Bobby Lindsey (23:11); Gunnar Fering (23:17); Alex Benson (23:57); Jaxx Jacobsen (23:52); John Lindsey (24:20); Sam Welker (25:06); Jack Nimz (25:11).
Girls Results: Fairmont 34, Waseca 44, St. Peter 82, St. James 103, BEA 107.
Taylor Grandgenett, (16:20) was again in contention for All-SCC with her best time of 2013.
Jenna Stevermer (17:31) set another personal record and improved her SCC place from last year.
Shayna Stevermer (17:36) had a strong showing after not being able to run at the conference meet last year.
Mariah Halvorson (17:40) and Sierra Halvorson (17:58) posted sub-18 clockings as well.
Other BEA girls competing included: Signe Olson (18:28); Zoe Thompson (18:41).
Girls JV (4,000 meters): Anna Aukes (19:00); Melissa Hagedorn (19:06); Callie Stevermer (19:24); Athena Peterson (19:30); Ina Aasheim (19:33); Kara Devinney (19:36); Arianna Nagel (19:41); Mette Rostad (20:24); Makenzie Slette (20:43); Alexis Brooks (20:54); Rowan Hacken (21:40); Brooke Frandle (21:43); Gabby Weerts (21:43); Amanda Jacobson (21:46); Jalyssa Wilson (22:00); Justina Gaydon (22:25); Marie Jacobsen (22:50); Hayley Jahnke (23:09); Madeline Jenkins (28:23).