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Roese finishes 48th at Class AA CC meet

East Ridge's Nate Roese surged past eight runners in the final 25 yards to claim a 48th-place finish at the Class AA State Cross-Country Meet on Saturday. Staff Photo by Tom Carothers.

Nate Roese wrapped up his sophomore season in fine style by passing eight runners in the final 25 yards of his 5,000-meter run at the Class AA Boys State Cross-Country Meet on Saturday in Northfield.

"I think it was a pretty solid run," Roese said. "I don't like being passed and this guy next to me was trying to sprint by me, so I sprinted too and just passed a bunch of runners."

Roese, the first East Ridge boys competitor to qualify for a state cross-country meet, placed 48th overall in a time of 16 minutes, 41 seconds on a sunny, breezy day on the golden plains lying to the north of St. Olaf College.

"I've been injured a lot this season," Roese said. "I figured I would just leave it all out there at state."

St. Francis' Adan Zutz won the Class AA competition in a time of 15:33.4, but Raptors coach Chad Cronin was pleased with the race of his top boys runner.

"Nate did well," he said. "I was very proud of him."

As for Roese, who ran a personal-best two meets ago at the Suburban East Conference championship meet before his first-ever state run, he sees the state meet as a springboard for the possibilities of next autumn.

"I was happy today," he said. "I came out pretty strong."