The present and future looks bright for girls’ cross-country runners in the South Suburban Conference.
Three schools that will be members of the conference in 2014-15 garnered medalist honors in Class 2A section meets last Thursday.
• Lakeville South junior Kaytlyn Larson won the Section 1 meet with a time of 14 minutes, 25.77 seconds at the Brooktree Golf Course in Owatonna. Larson took 11th place in the state meet a year ago at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
• Eagan junior Anna Van Wyk took first place in the Section 3 meet with a time of 14 minutes, 27 seconds at the Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley. She wound up 58th in the state meet last year.
• Shakopee freshman Tess Misgen garnered the top spot in the Section 2 meet with a time of 14 minutes, 47.5 seconds at Buffalo Heights Golf Course in Buffalo. She was 21st in the state event as an eighth-grader.
The Sabers, who aren’t currently in the conference, become a member next year. Shakopee and Farmington will replace the Bloomington schools, Kennedy and Jefferson, in the 10-team league.
“There are a lot of strong runners in our conference,” Van Wyk said. “Now it’s time to get ready for the big race.”
The cross country state meet will be Saturday in Northfield starting at 10 a.m.
Lacrosse coach selected
Gunnar Olson has been hired as the boys’ lacrosse coach at Northfield.
The Raiders will be making their debut as a high school team this spring. Previously, they were a club team.
Olson had coached the squad at the club level.
The girls’ lacrosse coaching position at the school is still open.
• Eastview sophomore Jordan Kopfer took third place in the Class 2A girls’ tennis individual state tournament. Kopfer defeated third-seeded Isabella Lambert of Minnetonka 6-2, 7-5 in the third-place match Friday at the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus. Her only setback in the two-day event came at the hands of top-seeded Summer Brills of Mounds View.
• Apple Valley senior running back Da’Shawn Lewis rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-16 victory over St. Louis Park in Class 5A, Section 3 football quarterfinals last Tuesday. He scored on runs of 65, 9 and 34 yards, all in the first quarter. Lewis followed that up with two touchdowns, including a 90-yard run, in a 16-7 triumph over Bloomington Jefferson in the semifinals on Saturday.