Category Archives: Cross Country

Highland Park punches two tickets to the MN state meet

By: Abby Altman

Photos courtesy of Jen Rusch 

A lot was riding on the Highland Parks Scots’ performance at the 2022 section 3AA meet. In the last 5 years, the boys and girls cross country teams at Highland have made several state appearances each. 2021 was perhaps the most successful state meet in Highland history. The girls team won the state meet, while the boys team came in third. 

2 years ago, Highland Park was moved down a section due to their school size, placing them into competition with teams slower than their previous section. Last year, this helped the team secure their spots at state with much less anxiety and stress. This year, the competition has increased, especially on the boys side. 

This year, Two Rivers, Highland Park, and St. Thomas Academy all finished the section meet within 10 points of each other. Two Rivers took 1st place, taking the first spot at the state meet, with 49 points. Highland was very close behind, taking 2nd place, and the final spot at state, with 51 points. St. Thomas Academy finished in 3rd place, just missing out on state, with 58 points. To put emphasis on how close these point totals are, the 4th place team finished with 130 points. 

In the boys 5K race, Highland had runners place 1st and 2nd, finishing just 4 seconds apart. Gavin Roberts cruised to the finish line in 1st place, with a time of 16:16. His teammate, Davis Isom, kicked hard right behind him, trying to ensure he beat the runner from Two Rivers, who finished 2 seconds behind Isom. 

Highland then had runners finish in places 12, 13, 23, 27, and 30. 

The boys team is ranked 4th overall in class AA. 

“There is only excitement going into state”, said senior Ben Martin. “We don’t have any expectations other than to have our best race of the season”. 

The boys team believes there are around 6 teams with a chance of winning, and they are one of them. “We know the race will be super close, and that just makes it more fun”, said Martin. 

Photo courtesy of Jen Rusch 

On the girls side of the race, the pressure wasn’t quite as high. The girls team has been ranked number 1 in class AA all season, and for good reason. They’re fast. 

The Highland Park girls took 1st place at sections this year, beating 2nd place Two Rivers 26-60. Luna Scorzelli finished 1st, 38 seconds ahead of 2nd place, with a time of 18:11. Delia Johnson, also from Highland, finished 2nd with a time of 18:49. 

Highland finishers took places 4, 9, 10, 16, and 24. 

Looking ahead to the state meet, Luna Scorzelli is ranked #1 in class AA, and Delia Johnson is ranked #8. Highland is the only girls team with more than 1 runner ranked in the top 12.

“There is definitely some pressure to repeat previous results this year. This can be super stressful, but it’s also super exciting”, said senior Delia Johnson. “I’m grateful to be on such a hard working and high performing team and I’m looking forward to showing everyone what we’re capable of”. 

Photo courtesy of Jen Rusch 

The state meet is on Saturday, November 5th, at St. Olaf college.   

Highland Park sweeps the SPPS conference cross country meet

Image taken by: Jen Rusch 

By: Abby Altman

On Monday afternoon, teams from 7 Saint Paul high schools showed up to the Highland Golf Course to compete for the conference title. 

Como Park, Harding, Humboldt, Central, Johnson, and Washington Tech all put their best runners forward to try and compete with the reigning champions, Highland Park. The Highland Park girls team has won 11 straight city conference titles, while the boys team has won 3 straight. 

For the Boys race, there was a lot of pressure on many runners. Highland Park and Como Park were both section champions and state qualifiers in 2021, and the conference title would not be an easy one to win for either team. Como’s number 1 runner, Charlie Power Theisen, is ranked 11 overall in class AA for the state of Minnesota. 

Power Theisen was expected to win the boys race, and he did just that. He finished with a time of 15:40, which was 22 seconds ahead of 2nd place, who happened to be Charlie’s teammate, Mason Aarness.

Highland Park’s first runner, Gavin Roberts, crossed the finish line right behind Aarness, and was soon followed by teammate Ben Martin. Highland Park had runners finish in places 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9, while Como had runners finish 1, 2, 5, 13, and 14. 

“It feels great to represent Como in the conference,” said Power Theisen after winning his 3rd straight conference title. 

Highland Park beat Como by 4 points. In comparison, there was a 28 point difference between Como Park and 3rd place, Central. 

The results for the Varsity boys race were 1) Highland Park, 2) Como Park, 3) Central, 4) Humboldt, 5) Washington, 6) Johnson, and 7) Harding. 

Highland Park is ranked number 5 overall in Class AA. 

Image taken by: Jen Rusch 

Highland’s Boys Varsity team consists of 5 seniors out of 7 runners. Graduation will likely take a toll on the future of the boys team. 

For the girls, this meet was not as stressful as previous meets they’ve attended. “The pre-race atmosphere contributed to so many amazing races,” said senior Delia Johnson. “There was no nervous energy. We were all confident, calm, and energized with team spirit.” 

The Highland Park girls team won the conference title by a wide margin. Junior Luna Scorzelli cruised to the finish line with a new school record of 17:25. Senior Delia Johnson followed in 2nd place with a time of 18:17. Highland finished just shy of a perfect score, with runners coming in at 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7, with Laura McClary from Central finishing in 4th. 

Only 4 teams were able to fill a lineup for the girls varsity meet. Highland Park, Central, Humboldt, and Washington, (finishing in that order), filled out full rosters and competed for the conference title. 

The Highland Park girls are ranked number 1 in Class AA state. The reigning state champions do not appear to have lost any of their fire or determination over the past year. 

“There is mostly excitement in terms of results,” says senior Chloe Koch. “Everyone just wants to see how fast they can race and have fun at the same time.” Koch also said that “There is some pressure to perform well but that isn’t being pushed by the coaches or the team. We know everyone will run super well.” 

Confidence is exuding from the Highland Park girls as they look ahead to sections next week. 

Image taken by: Jen Rusch 

Unlike the boys team, the girls team will likely not be as affected by graduating seniors. Only 2 seniors currently hold varsity roster spots, and the girls JV team is on fire this season and has many girls ready to fill those spots. 

Highland Park also took home the JV trophies, as JV boys and girls took the number 1 spot in their races. 

Junior Will Pinto won the JV boys race, and sophomore Sam Palm took home the JV girls victory. 

The HP JV girls have been undefeated in races this season, and dominated the playing field at Conference. Highland put 35 girls into the JV race, and in the top 30 finishers out of 60, only 3 were not from Highland. 

All teams will be looking ahead to their section meets next week. 

Image taken by: Jen Rusch 

Highland Park’s cross country season

By: Gabe Kleiber

Photo by Jen Rusch

The Highland cross country team started practicing on August 15th, but didn’t make their racing debut for the season until half a month later.

On September 2nd, the team started off the year with the Irish Invite, which was hosted at Rosemount High School. This race was a 2 mile, and the course had a wide open field at the beginning and end, great for a fast start and well timed kick. The girls did amazing during this race, with both varsity and junior varsity winning 1st place. The JV boys got 4th, and many of the boys varsity runners were sick, shortly prior to the race, so they didn’t run as hard. But overall, the team did well here, especially the girls.

A week after this, on the 9th of September, the city conference 2 mile was hosted on our very own course right outside the school. Both varsity and JV girls teams, as well as the boys varsity ended up winning, with the JV boys getting 3rd. The team clearly was more prepared for this race, with every part of the team either winning again or placing higher than the last race.

One runner that stood out to a lot of people was Luna Scorzelli, a Junior from Highland. She ran 2 miles in 10:53, beating out the entire rest of the field by 40 seconds! The rest of the varsity girls did amazing too, with 7 of the top 10 finishers being from Highland. Overall, a very solid race across the board.

One thing we know for sure, is that this season, so far, has been great for the girls varsity. In the Roy Griak Invitational, one of the largest races in the Midwest, with teams from multiple different states competing on the same course, the girls placed 5th out of over 50 teams and almost 500 competitors! This happened on September 23rd, and the season doesn’t end until early November. Who knows if Highland can keep up their amazing season, but we can certainly hope.

Sports schedule for: Oct 3-8

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: OCTOBER 3 – OCTOBER 8
MONDAYOCTOBER 3 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:30pm Tennis Sections vs. HardingHOME
4:00pm / 4:00pm 6:00pm Boys Soccer vs. SimleyHOME
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:45pm / 8:15pmVolleyball vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
6:00pm4:30pm / 8:00pmJV Football vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
TUESDAYOCTOBER 4
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:00pm / 7:00pm3:30pm / 6:30pm 5:30pm / 8:30pmGirls Soccer vs. CentralCentral High School
WEDNESDAYOCTOBER 5
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
    
THURSDAYOCTOBER 6
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:30pm / 4:30pm  4:30pm3:15pm / 6:00pmBoys Soccer vs. KennedyBloomington Kennedy High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Soccer vs. South St. PaulHOME
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. CentralHOME
FRIDAYOCTOBER 7
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. HardingHOME
7:00pm4:00pm / 9:30pmFootball vs. Mound WestonkaMound Westonka High School
SATURDAYOCTOBER 8
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
10:30am6:45am / 2:00pmCross Country MeetArrowwood Resort – Alexandria
1:00pm Boys Varsity Soccer vs. SouthwestMPLS Southwest  High School

Sports schedule for: Sept 19-24

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 19 – SEPTEMBER 24
MONDAYSEPTEMBER 19 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:30pm JV Football vs. JohnsonHOME
4:30pm / 7:00pmJV: 3:30pm / 6:30pm V: 5:30pm / 8:30pmGirls Soccer vs. RichfieldRichfield High School
5:30pm / 7:00pm Volleyball vs. St. Paul AcademyHOME
TUESDAYSEPTEMBER 20
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. Como ParkV: Como Park High School JV: HOME
4:15pm2:30pm / 6:00pmBoys Varsity Soccer vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm JV Girls Soccer vs. Central Varsity Girls Soccer vs. JohnsonHOME
WEDNESDAYSEPTEMBER 21
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm2:45pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. Minnehaha AcademyV: HOME JV: Minnehaha Academy
5:30pm / 5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:00pmVolleyball vs. HumboldtHumboldt High School
7:00pm Girls Soccer vs. HardingHOME
THURSDAYSEPTEMBER 22
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm2:45pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. MPLS SouthwestV: Powderhorn Park JV: HOME
4:15pm3:15pm / 6:30pmGirls Swimming and Diving Meet vs. HardingHumboldt High School
4:15pm / 4:30pm3:15pm / 6:00pmBoys B-Squad / JV Soccer vs. HardingB: HOME JV: Bakken Field
FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 23
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:00pm1:00pm / 4:30pmBoys / Girls Cross Country Roy Griak InviteLes Bolstad Golf Course
3:15pm Tennis Twin Cities MatchSt. Paul Site
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:15pmVolleyball vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
7:00pm5:15pm / 8:45pmBoys Varsity Soccer vs. HardingBakken Field
SATURDAYSEPTEMBER 24
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBDTBDGirls Swimming and DivingJean K. Freeman Aquatic Center
10:00am / 10:00am Girls Soccer vs. St. Paul AcademySt. Paul Academy
1:00pm10:30am / 3:30pmFootball vs. CentralCentral High School
5:00pm / 5:00pm 7:00pm Boys Soccer vs. IrondaleHOME

Sports schedule for: Sept 5-10

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 5 – SEPTEMBER 10
MONDAYSEPTEMBER 5 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
    
TUESDAYSEPTEMBER 6
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm Tennis vs. WashingtonHOME
WEDNESDAYSEPTEMBER 7
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 5:00pm 7:00pm3:15pm / 5:45pmBoys Soccer vs. Como ParkB-Squad: Como Park HS JV/V: HOME
4:30pm3:15pm / 6:30pmJV Football vs. SouthwestMPLS Southwest HS
5:15pm / 7:15pmJV: 3:55pm / 6:45pm V: 5:45pm / 8:45pmGirls Soccer vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
THURSDAYSEPTEMBER 8
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. HumboldtV: Humboldt High School JV: HOME
4:15pm / 5:15pm 6:30pm Volleyball vs. St. Croix LutheranSt. Croix Lutheran Academy
7:00pm5:45pm / 9:00pmSwimming & Diving vs. Como/JohnsonHumboldt High School
FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 9
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
V: 5:00pm JV: 5:00pm3:30pm / 6:30pmGirls Soccer vs. WashingtonWashington Technology
JV: 4:00pm B: 6:00pm V: 6:00pmJV: 3:15pm/5:45pm B/V: 4:30pm/7:45pmBoys Soccer vs. WashingtonWashington Technology
4:30pm / 5:00pm Boys & Girls Cross Country Meet St. Paul 2-MileHOME
7:00pm Football vs. KennedyHOME
SATURDAYSEPTEMBER 10
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBD11:15am / 2:00pmGirls Swimming & Diving Hastings InviteHastings High School
9:00am / 9:00am 2:00pmJV: 8:00am / 3:00pm V: 1:15pm / 7:00pmVolleyball TournamentsC: Lakeville North High School JV: Blaine High School V: Visitation School

Sports schedule for 10/25 – 10/30

MONDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 25TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    
TUESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 26TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
7:00pm Volleyball vs. South St. PaulHOME
7:00pm5:00pm / 8:45pmFootball vs. Harding/Humboldtat Harding High School
WEDNESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 27TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    
THURSDAYDATE: OCTOBER 28TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
Girls – 3:30pm Boys – 4:15pm Boys / Girls Cross Country Sectionsat Valleywood Golf Course
7:00pm Volleyball Section SemifinalsHOME
FRIDAYDATE: OCTOBER 29TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    
SATURDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 30TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
3:00pm Football Section SemifinalsTBD

Sports schedule for: 10/18-10/22

MONDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 18TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:30pm4:30pm / 8:45pmJV Football vs. North St. PaulPolar Field
5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:30pmJV/Varsity Volleyball vs. Como Parkat Como Park High School
TUESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 19TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
4:00pm Boys / Girls Cross Country Conference ChampionshipHOME
WEDNESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 20TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm C-Squad / JV / Varsity Volleyball vs. CentralHOME
7:00pm5:00pm / 8:45pmFootball vs. St. Croix Lutheranat St. Croix Lutheran
THURSDAYDATE: OCTOBER 21ST
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    
FRIDAYDATE: OCTOBER 22ND
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    
SATURDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 23RD
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    

Sports schedule for: 10/4-10/9

MONDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 4TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:30pm JV Football vs. Como ParkHOME
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:30pmC-Squad / JV / Varsity Volleyball vs. Humboldtat Humboldt High School
TUESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 5TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
4:15pm / 7:00pm JV/Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Comoat Como Park High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm JV/Varsity Girls Soccer vs. ComoHOME
7:00pm Swimming and Diving vs. Hardingat Humboldt High School
WEDNESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 6TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:00pm / 5:00pm JV/Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Minnehaha Academyat Minnehaha Academy  
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:30pmC-Squad / JV / Varsity Volleyball vs. Johnsonat Johnson High School
THURSDAYDATE: OCTOBER 7TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:00pm Swimming and Diving vs. Centralat Humboldt High School
5:15pm / 7:00pm JV/Varsity Girls Soccer vs. South St. Paulat South St. Paul High School
FRIDAYDATE: OCTOBER 8TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
6:00pm Football vs. Mound WestonkaHOME
SATURDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 9TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
10:00am7:00am / 2:00pmBoys / Girls Cross Country Alexandria Meet of Championsat Arrowhead Resort
10:00am/12:00pm JV/Varsity Girls Soccer vs. CentralHOME

Sports schedule for: 9/20-9/25

MONDAYDATE:  SEPTEMBER 20TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
4:00pm  Varsity Tennis vs. VisitationHOME
5:30pm4:45pm / 7:30pmJV Football vs. Johnsonat Johnson High School
TUESDAYDATE: SEPTEMBER 21ST
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
4:00pm Varsity Tennis vs. Washingtonat Washington
4:15pm JV/Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Humboldtat Humboldt High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm JV Girls Soccer vs. Central Varsity Girls Soccer vs. HumboldtHOME
WEDNESDAYDATE:  SEPTEMBER 22ND
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:00pm / 7:00pm JV/Varsity Boys Soccer vs. JohnsonHOME  
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:30pmC-Squad / JV / Varsity Volleyball vs. Hardingat Harding High School
THURSDAYDATE: SEPTEMBER 23RD
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
4:00pm / 4:00pm JV/ Varsity Tennis vs. CentralJV: HOME Varsity: at Central High School
5:00pm Football vs. CentralHOME
5:00pm Swimming & Diving vs. Humboldt/Washingtonat Humboldt High School
FRIDAYDATE: SEPTEMBER 24TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
3:45pm1:45pm / 5:15pmBoys and Girls Cross Country Roy Griak Invitationalat Les Bolstad Golf Course
SATURDAYDATE:  SEPTEMBER 25TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
12:00pm Varsity Girls Soccer vs. WashingtonHOME
1:00pm12:00pm / 2:30pmBoys JV Soccer vs. DeLaSalleat DeLaSalle High School
1:00pm Swimming & Diving vs. MPLS Southwestat St. Catherine University
6:00pm Varsity Boys Soccer vs. MPLS RooseveltHOME