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Siekmeier places 20th at state meet

Jacob Siekmeier earned an All-State nod with a 20th-place finish at the Class A State Cross-Country Meet on Saturday. Staff Photo by Tom Carothers.

One year after becoming the first Math and Science Academy student-athlete to qualify for a state competition, Jacob Siekmeier returned to the hills and dales of Northfield to compete again in the Class A boys cross-country meet at St. Olaf College on Saturday morning.

"It's been a good season and this was a good race to finish with," Siekmeier said.

It was quite a run for the Dragons sophomore, who slashed nearly a full minute off of his inaugural time last season in placing 20th this year with an All-State time of 16 minutes, 38.1 seconds.

"I had a great race and hung in there," Siekmeier said. "I had a good time."

Siekmeier -- visually spent after his 5,000-meter journey -- ran most of his race in the first chase group that competed within sight of the eventual Class A champion, Mason Ferlic of Mounds Park Academy, before finishing 33 spots higher than he did in 2009.

His coach, Daniel Scheff was proud of Siekmeier and was complimentary of his performance on the brisk, sunny morning.

"I thought Jacob ran really well," Scheff said. "He took what he learned from last year and applied it to this year. He ran with a lot of confidence."