Cross-Country: Red Wing boys 2nd in final Missota championship, girls 4th
Racing in the final Missota Conference championship meet, the Red Wing boys cross-country team had its sights set on Chanhassen in hopes of clinching the final conference title.
The Wingers were able to outrun the Storm, but Shakopee played spoiler for the rest of the field as the Sabers clinched the Missota crown with 56 points, beating second-place Red Wing’s score of 64 at Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park in New Prague.
Chanhassen (73), Chaska (76) and Farmington (125) rounded out the top five.
“The boys did great compared to Chanhassen. It’s my fault we weren’t more prepared for Shakopee,” said Wingers’ head cross-country coach Jesse Nelson. “It doesn’t take away anything from how well we ran. We had our goal of beating Chanhassen and we hope to replicate this sort of performance in sections next week. If we do, we’ll be in the mix to win it.”
Red Wing was led by Aiden Winn and George Nemanich, who both earned All-Conference honors. Winn placed fifth with a time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds, while Nemanich was seventh at 16:52.
Marcus Warrington (17:15) and Darrick Jackson (17:19) nabbed All-Conference honorable mention accolades by finishing 15th and 16th, respectively.
“Aiden and George do what they always do, which is run awesome,” Nelson said. “Marcus and Darrick were the difference for us. They figured it out and ran a great race, and we’re very happy with how they ran.”
Meyer Beckner just missed on being an All-Missota honorable mention, placing 21nd at 17:31. The top 12 individual runners earn All-Conference honors, and runners 13-20 are named honorable mentions.
Farmington’s Justin Hyytinen won the conference’s individual title with a time of 16:24, besting Chaska’s Spencer Urick by three seconds.
In the final Missota meet, before the conference dissolves and the Wingers head to the Big Nine Conference, Nelson noted the success the boys cross-country team has had over the years.
“It was very fitting for the boys to finish well there,” Nelson said. “Out of 32 conference meets, we won 13 of them. As a program, we won 40 percent of the conference meets, and today’s finish was worthy of that.”
Thanks to an All-Conference showing from seventh-grader Jasmyn Armstrong, the Red Wing girls finished in fourth place with a team score of 91.
The Wingers’ goal was to get into the top three. They were close to accomplishing that feat, falling just three points behind third-place Shakopee. Chanhassen was the Missota champion with a team score of 46, easily edging second-place Chaska’s 77.
“We were extremely close (with Shakopee),” Nelson said. “Chanhassen, Chaska and Shakopee all ran well. So did we.”
Armstrong’s ninth-place time came in 15:34. Senior Lindsay Scribner (16:08) and eighth-grader Elle Bryant (16:12) were All-Conference honorable mentions in 13th and 15th, respectively. Adelle DeSutter (16:29) and Emily Hart (16:46) rounded the varsity scoring, placing 24th and 30th, respectively.
“Lindsay and Jasmyn were strong as always,” Nelson said. “Elle and Adelle rose to the challenge there, as did Emily. … Emily was (in the top five) maybe one time previously this year. We’re very happy with how Emily ran.”
Shakopee freshman Tess Misgen was the conference champion with a first-place time of 14:55, edging Chanhassen’s Anastasia Korzenowski by eight seconds.
With the regular season wrapped up, Red Wing’s boys and girls set their sights on the Section 1AA championship meet Oct. 24th in Owatonna.
“Both squads will look to be as close to the top as possible, and both are in the mix,” Nelson said. “For the girls, Lakeville North and South are up there. And for the boys, Lakeville North, Owatonna, Winona and Faribault are tough. If we run well like we did today, we’ll have a shot in both races.”