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Cross country: Fenske 40th in final race

Elliot Fenske has improved as a runner over the past year.

Unfortunately for the Farmington senior, so have many of the other elite Class 2A prep runners from around the state.

Fenske finished 40th out of 154 runners at Saturday's Class 2A State Cross Country Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield, running a time of 16 minutes, 31 seconds, on the hilly 5,000-meter course. Fenske lowered his time by five seconds from last season, when his 16:36 clocking earned him 28th place.

"His time was a little better than last year. It was just a faster race," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "I think he'd hoped to do a little better. He was a little sick earlier in the week with a chest cold and he was on the mend. I don't know if he needed another day or two to get to 100 percent."

Fenske reached the two-mile mark around 45th place, according to Revels, then passed some runners in the final mile to move up.

"I think he wanted to get into the top 25 and get all-state. He was a little disappointed, but he wasn't in tears or anything. He's not a complainer," Revels said. "He ran a good race, a nice time, it just wasn't quite what he'd hoped for."

Wayzata won the state title, defeating runner-up Moorhead 61-130. Rosemount finished third with 134 points and Burnsville and Edina rounded out the top five. Section 1AA champion Owatonna finished eighth with 200 points and Lakeville North placed 10th. Missota Conference runners-up Chaska was last with 383 points.