Litchfield senior Ben Ammermann qualified for the Minnesota State High School League Class A Boys Cross Country Championship with a ninth-place finish at the Section 6A meet Oct. 25.
And he could not have been happier to be in the field at St. Olaf College Saturday for the state meet.
“I was praising the Lord,” Ammernann said. “I was really stoked, I’ve never made it to state before.”
Ammermann enjoyed his experience.
“I really liked it,” he said. “It’s a great facility. St. Olaf does a really good job.”
Ammermann has been consistent in his last two races. Although he said he was hoping to break 16 minutes, he finished the race with a time 17:12.9. Coincidentally, the race prior, he was nearly identical with a time of 17:12.10.
Ammermann is the first Litchfield boys state runner since Caleb Kragenbring back in 2012. He bested Kragenbring’s time of 17:18.9, and his place of 87th.
Ammernann didn’t move too much through the three legs of the race. At 1600 he was in 56th place, dropped a bit to 72nd place at 3200 meter mark, then finished strong, in 68th place.
“I was a little nervous because everyone’s as fast as you or faster,” Ammermann said. “So it was cool knowing that I was going to be pushed the whole time, that was pretty fun.”
Although Ammernann may not have finished in the spot he would have preferred, but he still said that it was a great season.
Boys Class A State Cross Country Championship
Saturday at St. Olaf College, Northfield
Medalist- Geno Uhrbom (Greenway/Nashwauk-Keeton) 15:27.6
Litch results (1 runner)- 68. Ben Ammermann 17: 12.9