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Boys place fifth, girls seventh in state meet

The Packers cross-country teams traveled to Dickinson on Saturday morning for the North Dakota state meet, and ended the season with the boys' team finishing fifth with a score of 144 and the girls' team finishing seventh with a score of 190.

"Each race had over 150 of the state's top cross-country runners," Packers head coach Joe Bailey said. "Both the the boys' and girls' teams put forth a great effort."

The boys' team was led by senior Nathan Aswege, who ran with a time of 16:46 and placed 15th out of 157 runners, earning all-state honors in the process.

He was followed closely by seniors Parker Rosenau, Austin Albrecht and Darin Baltezore, who finished within 15 seconds of each other and placed 21st, 25th and 33rd, respectively.

The Packers' top five was rounded out by senior Tony Schulz, who finished in 50th with a time of 17:26.

On the girls' side, eighth-grader Jen Dufner also made the all-state team, finishing 13th with a time of 15:28.

Behind Dufner were Suzy Dullum, Christine Baltezore, Alexis Young and Brooke Grooters, all of whom finished with a time of between 16:05 and 16:16. Respectively, they placed 36th, 42nd, 48th and 51st out of 156 competitors.

"We had a great season," Bailey said. "As usual in cross country, we had a tremendous group of kids to work with. They worked extremely hard, supported one another, and had fun doing it."