Cloquet, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Esko senior Marisa Shady for the third straight year on Thursday afternoon won the Section 7A girls' cross country championship, and for the eighth straight season the Eskomos secured one of the section's team entries.
Shady ran a time of 15:30 to win her third consectuive section title, edging runner-up and teammate Kailee Kiminski by a just 12 seconds.
The Eskomos senior won the Class A state championship as a sophomore in 2010, and then she finished as the runner-up as a junior in 2011.
Kallyn Knutson, Erika Shady, and Karli Kulas were the other three scoring runners for an Esko team that outdistanced the team runner-up by a full 58 points. Coming into the section meet, the Eskomos were Minnesota's top-ranked team in Class A.
International Falls will be the other team representative from Section 7A, with eighth grader Lexi Erickson leading the team with a fourth place finish in a time of 15:50.
Sydney Raboin, Amy Auran, Amber Harms, and Rachel Foss are the other Broncos who will run in the team competition at the state meet.
Below are listed the state meet qualifiers from the Section 7A girls' cross country championship, with team qualifiers marked by an asterisk.
SECTION 7A GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP
*1. Marisa Shady (Esko) --- 15:30
*2. Kailee Kiminski (Esko) --- 15:42
3. Megan West (Mesabi East) --- 15:47
*4. Lexi Erickson (International Falls) --- 15:50
5. Gracelynn Otis (South Ridge) --- 16:01
6. Magaret Stokman (Crosby-Ironton) --- 16:03
*7. Sydney Raboin (International Falls) --- 16:04
8. Jasmine Gawboy (Northern Lights) --- 16:06
9. Nicole Tekippe (Moose Lake-Willow River) --- 16:07
10. Amy Bianco (Ely) --- 16:07
11. Johannah Wyrick (Eveleth-Gilbert) --- 16:12
*12. Kallyn Knutson (Esko) --- 16:13
13. Abbey Whiting (Mesabi East) --- 16:15
*16. Erika Shady (Esko) --- 16:43
*19. Karli Knaus (Esko) --- 16:52
*22. Amy Auran (International Falls) --- 17:05
*28. Amber Harms (International Falls) --- 17:13
*48. Rachel Foss (International Falls) --- 18:09