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Section 1AA Cross Country: Fenske earns return trip to state

Farmington senior Elliot Fenske is going back to the Class 2A State Cross Country Meet.

The senior battled a strong field of runners at Thursday's Section 1AA Championships at Brooktree Golf Course in Owatonna and came away seventh out of 98 runners. His time of 16 minutes, 25 seconds on the 5,000-meter course got him to the finish line in time to earn the third-to-last individual qualifying bid.

The Tiger boys finished eighth out of 14 teams, while the girls, led by freshman Maricia Pacheco's 20th-place finish, came in 10th out of 14 teams.

Fenske's career will come to a close next Saturday at the Class 2A State Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Fenske finished 28 at last year's meet.