Cross-Country: Lake City girls, ZM/KW boys win HVL; Trost wins another title
After losing a heartbreaker in last year’s Hiawatha Valley League championship meet, the Lake City girls cross-country team wasn’t going to let up again.
Led by top 10 times from Sidney Renelt and Becca Goertzen, the Tigers won the HVL with a team score of 56, edging last year’s champion, Rochester Lourdes, by 14 points. Stewartville (101), Cannon Falls (110) and La Cresscent (142) rounded out the top five. At Oaks Golf Course in Hayfield.
Renelt finished in fourth place with a time of 16 minutes, 20.5 seconds, and Becca goertzen was seventh in 16:33.2. Lydia Taylor (16:44.0), Morgan Dammann (16:46.9) and Samantha Keller (16:56.5) each finished in the top 20, taking 11th, 14th and 20th, respectively.
Cannon Falls’ Emi Trost, Class 1A’s No. 1 runner, won another HVL individual title at 14:34.1, over a full minute faster than second-place Chrissy Lofgren of Stewartville. Bombers teammate Katherine Hoffman was in fifth at 16:29.2.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa/Kenyon-Wanamingo’s Skyler Jacobson placed third in 16:04.6, helping the Cougars to an eighth-place finish with 154 points. Goodhue took 10th with 272, led by Cassandra Voth’s first-place time of 16:58.3.
With Eric Hokanson, Ben Nystuen and Micah Grove finishing each finishing in the top 12, ZM/KW snuck by Lake City to win the boys team championship. The Cougars finished with 64 points while the Tigers had 69. La Crescent (79), Rochester Lourdes (81), and Kasson-Mantorville (124) were third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Hokanson led ZM/KW with an eighth-place time of 17:52.5. The Cougars’ pack was strong as Nystuen (17:53.7), Grove (18:01.9) and Craig Banks (18:02.3) all finished within 10 seconds of each other at ninth, 12th and 13th, respectively.
Lake City’s top runner was Carl Kozlowski, who was the conference’s runner-up with a time of 17:15.2. Lourdes’ Ian Torchia was the conference champion in 15:59.1.
After Kozlowski, Cole Willers (18:03.8), Colin Fritz (18:04.9) and Mitchell Mund (18:05.2) finished back-to-back-to-back in 15th, 16th and 17th, respectively.
Cannon Falls took home eighth place with a score of 181. Bjorn Pearson was the Bombers’ top runner at 18:02.8, good for 14th place. Goodhue rounded out the competition in ninth with 250 points, with Ryan Alpers pacing the Wildcats with a 41st-place time of 19:39.2.