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Submitted photo The Math and Science Academy cross country took part in the prestigious Milaca Mega Meet last week. In the Class A competition, the Dragons girls took fourth place out of 26 teams.

MSA cross country: Dragons girls fourth at Milaca; Siekmeier takes second

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The Math and Science Academy cross country teams took part in the prestigious Milaca Mega Meet last week. In its 42nd year, the Mega Meet draws a number of the state's top running teams to the Milaca Golf Club.

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In the Class A competition, the Math and Science Academy girls took fourth place out of 26 teams and the Dragons boys placed 14th out of 25 teams.

In the boys meet, MSA senior Jacob Siekmeier finished in second place out of 181 runners with a time of 16 minutes, 25 seconds -- just a hair back of Pelican Rapids senior Cody Bekkerus, who won the race in a time of 16:24. Pelican Rapids won the boys meet with 129 place points. MSA had 368 points. After Siekmeier, sophomores Noah Stout and Kiran Mekala took 84th and 88th overall with matching times of 19:03, respectively, while freshman Charlie Boehm and junior Keith Nixon took 94th and 100th overall with matching times of 19:16 to round out the Dragons' top five.

In the girls meet, MSA finished in fourth place with 206 points. The United South Central/Alden-Conger Rebels took first place with 96 points. USC/AC's Emily Mantor, a junior, won the 4K race with a time of 14:34.

For MSA, sophomore Greta Siekmeier led the way, taking 10th place with a time of 15:54, which was good for 16th place. Ellie Haland, an eighth grader, was the second Dragons runner across the finish line, taking 35th place with a time of 16:48.9. Sophomore Katie Baumann (16:52), eighth grader Julia Clark (17:19) and sophomore Elise Lohmann (17:23) rounded out MSA's top five, taking 39th, 57th and 59th, respectively.

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