"It was a very good season for the Cannon Falls High School math team that had an unfortunate end," said teacher/coach Tyler Quinlan.
"After our first four meets, our team was tied with Kenyon-Wanamingo for 2nd place with 15 meet points and Pine Island was in 4th with 14.5 points," said Quinlan. "The fifth meet happened to fall on a day in which postponed basketball games had been rescheduled. This put a heavy strain on the math team as most of our team is involved in numerous extracurricular activities. After competing in the fifth meet, we ended up in fourth place for the year."
The season includes five "meets," all held in Kenyon. There are four individual tests, with each participant assigned to two of the individual tests and eight members are assigned to complete the team test.
Shattuck St. Mary's, out of Faribault, is an extremely strong team and almost always places first at every meet. Instead of totaling yearly points from exams, scoring is based on meet finish placing. The 1st place team at a meet takes seven points, 2nd - 5 points, 3rd - 4 points, etc.
The team this year was led by team high scorer Bjorn Pearson, a sophomore. Other top scorers were junior Quinton Lindow, freshman Dan Trost, sophomore Matt Moskal and senior Zach Dockter.
"The level of competition is extremely high," said Quinlan. "We are competing with some of the brightest math students from the area and the material is incredibly challenging, every point is hard earned. I was really proud of the team for how they performed. In the grand scheme of things we still have a really young team. I'm looking forward to continuing to improve next year. It's a great experience for everyone. The kids get to challenge themselves and it's great to be able to work with such bright and motivated students."