Cross-Country: Red Wing boys win at Hastings
Even after a third-place finish at St. Olaf last week, Red Wing head cross-country coach Jesse Nelson knew the Winger boys had a better race in them.
In the Dewey Minnaert Invitational at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park in Hastings, Red Wing used a strong pack to come away with the team title.
Finishing with 53 team points, the Wingers got two top-five finishers as Aiden Winn took third in 17 minutes, 0.90 seconds and George Nemanich was fifth at 17:08.83.
“I can’t say enough about Aiden and George,” Nelson said. “We had two in the top five out of 12 teams.”
Marcus Warrington placed 13th (17:52.28) and Joe Partington (17:58.94) and Philip Mitchell (18:07.27) took 14th and 18th, respectively.
“We’ve been banking on that all year,” Nelson said about the boys’ pack. “We had our No. 3 through 7 runners within 30 seconds of each other. If you put seven guys in the top 24 in a big meet like this, it really helps your chances.”
Woodbury (101), East Ridge (110), Osseo (123) and River Falls (129) rounded out the top five. River Falls’ Trenton Powell won the individual title with a time of 16:32.21.
While the Red Wing boys finished in first, Nelson admitted that he was more excited about the showing from the girls team. The Wingers placed fourth with 142 points against a stacked field that included second-ranked Eagan and third-ranked East Ridge.
“The girls’ field is so much deeper than the boys,” Nelson said. “We knew we’re not quite at the level as East Ridge and Eagan, so we set our sights on the other teams and we’re very happy with how we performed.”
Lindsay Scribner was Red Wing’s top runner, placing 16th at 15:53.05. Jasmyn Armstrong followed in 24th (16:17.28), and Adelle DeSutter (16:50.29) and Elle Bryant (16:55.58) finished in the top 40 at 36th and 38th, respectively. Filling in for an injured Elise Leise, foreign-exchange student Anni Mäkipää took 41st at 17:04.03.
“The potential for these girls is exciting,” Nelson said. “Lindsay did a good job leading us. Then once we get Elise back we’ll be in good shape. The younger girls like Jasmyn and Adelle are doing well, and Anni is learning how to race. … They are responding very well and things are going very well for them.”
East Ridge won the team title with 29 points, followed by Eagan (39), Eastview (115), Red Wing and Woodbury (160). East Ridge’s Bailey Ness was the meet’s top performer, taking first in 14:18.65.
Red Wing heads to Rochester Mayo next Thursday.