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R E G I O N S  5 A A  2 0 0 1  :  N I N E  Q U A L I F Y
   Just before the 2001 Region 5AA meet began, head coach Ben Zhao said to his runners "Buffalo will be running in this race because they missed their region race, though they won't count so don't worry about them." A little confusing, but it became a frustration to the Southwest men afterwards because with Buffalo's runners scored, the men finished first by one point, but when the Buffalo runners were removed from the scoring, it was a tie-breaker that Southwest lost. The men thus finished second, still qualifying for the 2001 MSHSL State Cross Country Meet. Forrest Tahdooahnippah returned in style, defeating everyone in the race and finishing first. Neil Grosscup finished 3rd also qualifying individually. Erik DeLapp was third for Southwest, Dan Dickinson was fourth, and Erik Maloney was fifth. Rounding out the top seven were Pablo Huinansaca and Austin Groth. City champion team Minneapolis Edison finished third in the Region and city runner-up South finished fifth.
   The women's hopes of going to State were shattered in a disappointing third-place finish, just missing the qualifying position. The team was led by Junior talent Callie Pastarr's first place finish. Backing her up was Senior Koby Hagen. Rounding out the top seven were Aliza Segal, Katherine Ketter, Molly Tolins, Lizzy Boosalis, and Anna Laura Scandrett.
   Below are the times for the top seven runners.

Men's Top Seven
Forrest Tahdooahnippah - 16:20 - 1st
Neil Grosscup - 16:40 - 3rd
Erik DeLapp - 17:44
Dan Dickinson - 17:54
Erik Maloney - 18:15
Pablo Huinansaca - 19:02
Austin Groth - 19:20

Women's Top Seven
Callie Pastarr - 15:31 - 1st
Koby Hagen - 16:08 - 5th
Aliza Segal - 17:13
Katherine Ketter - 17:36
Molly Tolins - 18:33
Lizzy Boosalis - 18:34
Anna Laura Scandrett - 20:26

   This is probably the strongest showing so far by Southwest. Now the men along with Callie Pastarr and Koby Hagen are preparing for the State meet next Saturday. Things are coming together for the men's team and although Regions was far from the perfect race, it was a good preview for what's to come at State.

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