The Centennial Cougars have one state qualifier, Jonathan Pattie, after the girls team placed fifth and the boys ninth among 16 schools in Section 5AA on Thursday at Anoka High School.

Jonathan Pattie, a rare freshman state qualifier last year, will return as a sophomore after placing seventh in the section with 16:04.

Darren Weisser placed 37th (17:19), PJ Marshall 46th (17:33), Aiden Sherer 59th (17:46) and Brenden Schuffenhauer 66th (17:54) among 111 runners.

For the girls, eighth-grader Abby Wood placed 18th (19:27.70), sophomore Gracie Stoks 25th (19:44.40), eighth-grader Julie Zalewski 31st (19:59.70), freshman Emma Magnuson 33rd (20:06.10) and sophomore Tatum Leibke 36th (20:17.30).

“Abby missed it (state) by one individual qualifying place. She gave it a good shot with a big PR, but just a bit short,” coach Neil Kruse said. “Jonathan is our only qualifier this year.  He had a terrific race with the best time of his life at 16:04.”

Team champions were Mounds View boys and St. Michael-Albertville girls.

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