Redwood Valley earns second place finish at Section 3A Meet

The Redwood Valley boys cross country team is headed back to the Class A state tournament following a second-place finish at the Section 3A Meet held Thursday afternoon in rain-soaked Luverne.

Redwood Valley knew it would be in a dogfight with rival Luverne on its home track for the second spot and would edge the host Cardinals (83-92) to earn a trip to St. Olaf Saturday morning.

A strong LPQV team rolled to the team title with 31 points in the 23-team event.

This will be the Cards first trip back to state since 2015, Deon Estebo and Sam Fox were both members of the team that finished 16th overall.

It was another strong effort for standout Jayson Peyerl who finished in third place with a time of 17:05. Teammate Mason Clark cracked the top 10 with a 10th place finish in a time of 17:17, and Estebo was 18th with a time of 17:45. Sam Kahnke was 24th (18:01), Xander Seaman 28th (18:09), Fox 44th (18:40) and Gavin Dow 50th (18:48).

The Cards will now gear up for the state meet held in Northfield that will kick off the Class A boys race at 1 p.m.

Section 3A Boys Team Results - LQPV 31, Redwood Valley 83, Luverne 92, MCC 139, Canby 158, Pipestone Area 186, Mt. Lake 194, Montevideo 266, Windom Area 287, JCC 297, Springfield/CM 310, Ortonville 317, HL/Okabena 377, Lakeview 381, SWMNC 402, BOLD 430, YME 457, Ellsworth 492, MACCRAY/RCW 499, TMB 532, Wabasso 561, 2 inc.

The Redwood Valley girls also had a nice Section showing, finishing sixth overall as a team and sending a pair of girls on to the state meet this Saturday.

State tournament veteran Catherine Buffie and newcomer Maddie LeSage will head on to the state meet following seventh- and eighth-place finishes respectively.  Buffie finished in 20:14 and LeSage in 20:25 to move on. Buffie finished 80th at state a year ago as just an eighth-grader with a time of 20:31.

Senior Lauren Karnitz wrapped up a memorable career – one that included four state tournament appearances – with a 24th place finish (21:17). Jasmine Barnes (22:22) was 44th, Kyra Toreen 47th (22:29) and the young duo of Grace Caraway (23:47) and Olivia Stoterau (23:55) finished 75th and 77th respectively out of 124 runners.

Buffie and LeSage will now prepare for the Class A girls race that gets underway at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday in Northfield.

Section 3A Girls Team Results - Luverne 51, LQPV 99, MCC 111, Pipestone Area 115, Canby 115, Redwood Valley 128, SWMNC 204, Mt. Lake 243, Springfield/CM 273, Windom Area 287, Adrian 322, YME 341, Ortonville 341, Wabasso 357, Montevideo 382, BOLD 394, HL/Okabena 434, five incomplete.