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Jacob Siekmeier, a senior at Math and Science Academy, competed in his fourth straight state cross country meet on Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Jacob Siekmeier, a senior at Math and Science Academy, competed in his fourth straight state cross country meet on Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

Siekmeier finishes 30th in final cross country meet

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The 2012 Class A State Cross Country meet provided a fitting ending to the high school cross country career of Jacob Siekmeier.

Siekmeier, a senior at Math and Science Academy, competed in his fourth straight state cross country meet on Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

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"This was my last chance," Siekmeier said. "It hasn't really hit me. There's still track I guess. This a good friendly competition here. I like a lot of the people that I've seen tons of times down here."

In 2009, as a freshman, Siekmeier became the first Math and Science Academy student-athlete to qualify for a state competition and has since been the only Dragon to do so. The lone MSA runner to reach state again this year, Siekmeier earned 30th place overall with a time of 16 minutes, 41.8 seconds, which was just a few seconds back of his personal best at the St. Olaf course.

"He's great. There's no ego about his talent whatsoever, which is both refreshing and just a wonderful character trait," First-year head coach Thomas Church said. "He's very team-oriented. He's a hard worker and he leads by example. Everyone looks up to him and admires him. He works every day to earn it. Anything you ask him to do he does it. On top of that he's ultimately concerned with his teammates."

A crowd of roughly 15 family, friends and teammates made the journey to Northfield to support Siekmeier, who has set the bar at MSA.

"It's always nice when you have some success with a program," Church said. "You can tell that people are interested and excited about coming out for running. That said, I think the students at Math and Science are very engaged with a lot of things and like to participate in just about everything. There's just a great community and participatory culture there."

"We had a lot of runners that just came down here to cheer, to see the meet and to get themselves inspired to work over the winter, through track season and over the summer and hopefully get back here as a team next year or in years to come. They've got the drive to do it."

Siekmeier earned a fourth-straight trip to the State Meet by earning seventh place overall as an individual with a time of 16:51.9 in the 5K Section 4A Championship race.

Last year, Siekmeier earned All-State honors for the second-straight year, finishing 25th overall Class A State Cross Country Meet. All-State honors go to the top 25 finishers.

Siekmeier's prep sports career is far from over, however. He plans on competing in either basketball or Nordic skiing this winter for MSA, before taking part in track and field in the spring, where he said he hopes to reach state for the first time.

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