Cross-Country: Wingers dominant in first meet
Red Wing cross-country runners could not have asked for a better start to the season Monday.
Running at the Wabasha-Kellogg Gallop Invitational at the Coffee Mill Country Club, Red Wing boys and girls took first place in their respective races, with both teams taking the top two spots individually.
Paced by junior George Nemanich, six of the Wingers’ seven varsity runners finished in the top 10 to win the boys race in convincing fashion. Red Wing finished with a team score of 19, beating Plainview-Elgin-Millville’s second-place score of 55. Rochester Area Home School finished third with 90.
Nemanich clinched first place with a time of 10 minutes, 45.2 seconds, besting teammates Marcus Warrington (11:06.1) and Meyer Beckner (11:07.5), who finished second and third, respectively. Forest Evanson placed sixth at 11:12.5, while Philip Mitchell wasn’t far behind in seventh place (11:15.2). While his time wasn’t enough to help the team score, Asa Beckner more than held his own with a ninth-place time of 11:23.8, while Garrett Welsch rounded out the varsity with a time of 11:58.5, good for 18th.
Goodhue placed seventh in the team score with a total of 196. Ryan Alpers led the Wildcats with a 20th-place time of 12:11.8. Derek Alpers (40th, 13:26.8), Ryan Gorman (43rd, 13:42.6), Juan Chavez (46th, 15:35.1) and CJ Hahn (47th, 15:55.7) rounded out the team scoring.
Jasmyn Armstrong blew away the girls’ competition on Monday.
Running a first-place time of 11:56.9 on the 3,200-meter course, Armstrong was over a minute better than teammate Adelle DeSutter, who finished the course in second at 13:05.4.
Senior Tori Gorman placed seventh overall at 13:57.0, while Elise Leise was 11th 14:13.7 and Elle Bryant took 15th at 14:37.6 to complete the Wingers’ team score of 36. Rochester Area Home School placed second at 88 points, and Pine Island took third with a score of 95.
Two more Red Wing runners finished in the top 25 as Emily Nagel placed 21st (15:15.9) and Kendal Swanson finished in 24th (15:39.5).
Goodhue also finished in seventh place in the girls’ race, with Cassie Voth leading the way with a 12th-place time of 14:22.4. Madison Schafer (22nd, 15:23.7), Keisha O’Reilly (29th, 16:11.9), Sydney McNamara (35th, 16:54.9) and Mayra Monjaraz (43rd, 18:23.3) rounded out the Wildcats’ team scoring.
Red Wing will head to the same venue as the state cross-country meet, St. Olaf College in Northfield, for a meet on Friday. Goodhue runs again on Sept. 4 at The Oaks Golf Course in Hayfield.