The accolades just keep coming for Analee Weaver.
In the fall, the Stillwater senior shattered the state’s cross-country record. She won her second consecutive state cross-country title with a dominant performance, crossing the finish line by herself, well ahead of the pack. The Class 2A 3200-meter state final had a similar feel.
Weaver ran away with the state title, finishing with a time of 10:15.27 — more than six seconds faster than second-place finisher Alexandra Weimer of St. Michael-Albertville (10:21.41). For much of the race, it appeared she might even have a shot at the state record of 10:06.19 set in 2018 by Minneapolis Washburn’s Emily Covert.
Weaver didn’t catch Covert’s record, but she did maintain her lead throughout the race before crossing the finish line well ahead of the pack at St. Michael-Albertville High School.
“It felt really good,” Weaver said. “I felt like I was in control the whole time and that’s what I was aiming for. Just super grateful to be out here and to be racing and enjoying this beautiful weather.”
Weaver has been grateful for the support of her parents throughout the track and cross-country seasons. They were there on Thursday, like they had been at every other meet. But also there to greet her when she crossed the finish line was her grandmother, who flew in from Utah on Thursday for the big race.
Weaver said she could hear the whole crew cheering as she rounded the track.
“My grandma was crying, and I could tell my parents were super proud and excited,” she said. “That makes me happy.”
Rounding out the top-9 in Class 2A were Weimer, Wayzata’s Abbey Nechanicky (10:24.16), Chanhassen’s Isabella Roemer (10:26.73), Eden Prairie’s Miriam Sandeen (10:42.86), Farmington’s Anna Fenske (10:45.05, Highland Park’s Luna Scorzelli (10:51.35), Hutchinson’s Isabelle Schmitz (10:51.37) and East Ridge’s Halle Mestery (10:56.78).
Weaver enjoyed facing off against out-of-conference competition.
“It’s great to be back on the track and just racing a competitive race,” she said. “It’s really fun to race those girls that are super talented.”
Nevis’ Jade Rypkema held a slight lead as she turned toward the final lap. From there, it got interesting.
Lagging just slightly behind Rypkema, Fairmont’s Laura Thompson caught her in the final 100 meters. They crossed the finish line neck and neck, but Rypkema beat Thompson out by less than a second to secure the state title with a time of 10:54.32.
Thompson finished second at 10:54.40, and rounding out the scoring were Murray County Central’s Amanda Overgaauw (10:55.12), Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s Natasha Sortland (10:56.25), Luverne’s Tenley Nelson (11:08.71) and Jenna DeBates (11:11.78), Albany’s Kristine Kalthoff (11:27.29), Staples-Motley’s Kyanna Burton (11:38.50) and Pequot Lakes’ Carly Chaney (11:41.12).