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2011-2012 School Year

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As the South Cross Country runners embark on a new season, hope abounds for success as a team and as individuals.  Head Coach Mark Gross and his assistants, Melvin Alvarez and Matt Lawrence, have the responsibility to mold the individuals into a team.

South opened the season at the Southwest Invitational.  Team scores were not kept.  Individuals were divided by grade, freshmen and sophomores in one division and juniors and seniors in the other division.  Three runners placed in the top five in the underclassmen division.  Jack Johnson, second, Kyle Everetts, fourth, and Jack Riggins, fifth, were the three.  In the upperclassmen division, Miky Wondimu, third, and Abdulfatha Sameru, seventh, placed in the top 10.

At the South Invitational, the Tigers finished in second place.  Only Abdulfatha Sameru, fifth, and Miky Wondimu, sixth, placed in the top 10.

The Tigers travelled to Faribault for their next meet.  South finished 10th.  Abdulfatha Sameru was the highest placing South runner, coming in at 13th.

South participated in the Twin City Grade Level Meet.  Jacon Patterson finished third in the freshmen division.  Fred Pipkin, 10th, and Abram Isola, 11th, were the highed finished sophomores.  Three juniors finished in the top 10, Miky Wondimu, second, Raleigh Gleason, third, Ben Neubecker, eighth. Abdulfatha Sameru won the senior division.

South participated in the St. Olaf High School Showcase and finished 13th.  Next, they finished 18th at the Mounds View Mustang Invitational.

On the last Saturday of September, the Tigers participated in the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota.  In a meet that includes about 100 high schools from around the county, the South participated in the Maroon Division and finished 23rd. Miky Wondimu was South’s best finisher coming in at 30th.

At the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguar Invitational, South finished fourth with Abdulfatha Sameru and Miky Wondimu coming in fourth and fifth respectively.

The Tigers’ annual trip to Duluth to participate in the Swain Invitational saw South finish 12th in the Class AA division.  Abdulfatha Sameru’s 13th place finish was the best for the Tigers.

The last meet before the post-season begins was the Blaine Invitational.  South finished 10th in the Blue Division.  Anders Alvarez was South’s top finisher, placing 45th.

At the Conference Meet, South finished second, but individually, the Tigers claimed the top two spots!  Abdulfatha Sameru won the individual title.  Miky Wondimu came in four seconds behind his teammate to claim second.

In the Lefty Wright Grade Level Meet, the Tigers had the less-experienced runners participate.  In the Freshmen and Under division, South did not have enough runners for a team score.  In the Sophomore division, South finished 13th.  In the Upperclass division, the Tigers came in 10th.

The season ended with the Region 6AA Meet.  The Tigers came in seventh.  In a tough division, senor Abdulfatha Sameru was South’s highest placer, coming in 26th.