Cross-Country: Area trio takes first at New Prague
In the New Prague invitational on Tuesday, area runners had a trio of first-place finishes as the Red Wing girls cross-country team, Cannon Falls senior Emi Trost and Red Wing senior Aiden Winn each took top honors.
The Winger girls had five runners finish in the top 12, led by Jasmyn Armstrong’s fourth-place time of 16 minutes, 26 seconds. Lindsay Scribner (16:39) placed seventh, Elle Bryant (16:48) was eighth, Adelle DeSutter (17:12) placed 11th and Emily Hart (17:14) finished in 12th.
“It was a good performance for the girls. … I’m really pleased with the progress the girls are making, but it’s not surprising,” said Red Wing head coach Jesse Nelson. “They’re training harder than they have before and their work ethic is getting better.”
A particular highlight came from Hart’s performance. Just an hour before race time, the seventh-grader was taken out of the junior high race to run for varsity, helping push the Wingers past second-place New Prague (74) and third-place Norwood-Young America.
“Emily was able to run really well, and I can’t say enough about Elle and Adelle. They’re really stepping up,” Nelson said. “It was a big win for us to beat two conference opponents and a section opponent.”
Trost secured another first-place victory with a time of 14:50, which was 38 seconds better than second-place finisher Maria Berg of New Prague. As a team, the Bombers placed fifth with 170 points. Katherine Hoffman (17:19) placed 14th, and Emma Thomley (18:51) took 41st.
Winn held off Faribault’s Gunnar Miller for first place with a time of 16:53, compared to Miller’s 16:56. But the Falcons ultimately took the team title over the Wingers as Faribault scored 32 points, compared to Red Wing’s 41.
“It was a good job for Aiden, but the rest of the boys in varsity all know what they have to do; they have to get better,” Nelson said. “Hats off to Faribault, they ran very well. We can run better and we will, and we have to finish races better.”
Following Winn, George Nemanich (17:17) finished in fifth place, followed by Marcus Warrington (17:41) who took eighth. Philip Mitchell (17:55) and Joe Partington (18:07) rounded out the varsity scoring, taking 12th and 15th, respectively, for the Wingers.
After Faribault and Red Wing, New Prague placed third with 122 points.
Cannon Falls finished in ninth place with a score of 245. Bjorn Pearson (18:25) was the Bombers’ top runner at 23rd place. Karl Ritzman (19:08) placed 37th, and Karl Trost (20:21) was 55th.
Red Wing hosts its lone home meet of the season on Friday at Red Wing High School. Teams slated to be in the field include: Academy of Holy Angels, Albert Lea, East Ridge, Hastings, Henry Sibley, Northfield, Owatonna, Park of Cottage Grove, Rochester Mayo, St. Croix Lutheran, Winona and Woodbury.
Cannon Falls is back on the course Thursday at the Zumbrota-Mazeppa/Kenyon-Wanamingo invitational at Zumbrota Golf Course.