Cross-Country: Wingers impress at St. Olaf
Racing in the St. Olaf High School Showcase on Friday, the Red Wing boys and girls cross-country teams put up strong efforts, with the boys placing third and the girls taking 10th.
Racing against 27 teams, the Winger boys finished with 167 team points, behind only Chanhassen and Totino-Grace, which both tied with 147 points.
Aiden Winn was Red Wing’s top runner, placing seventh on the 5-kilometer track with a time of 17 minutes, 12.5 seconds. Sophomore George Nemanich followed in 13th place at 17:23.2, and Marcus Warrington was 37th at 18:03.3.
Perhaps most pleasing for Red Wing was that they finished ahead of Section 1AA power Owatonna.
“Owatonna has been the measuring stick for many years; they’ve been first or second in the section eight out of 10 years,” said Wingers’ head coach Jesse Nelson. “We’re happy to get by them now, although it doesn’ mean much now. Today was a good start, and the boys were very happy with it.”
Senior Lindsay Scribner led the Red Wing pack, placing 29th with a time of 16:33.3 on the 4-kilometer track.
Most impressively for the rest of the Wingers was how tight the rest of the pack stayed with Scribner. Jasmine Armstrong placed 51st at 17:04.5, Elle Bryant was 65th at 17:23.6, Elise Leise took 69th at 17:28.2, and Adelle DeSutter was 72nd at 17:31.3.
“If you look at the girls’ pack, the girls are all within a minute,” Nelson said. “If you can get your first and fifth girl within a minute of each other, you’re going to be successful.”
The team the Wingers were most excited to beat was Shakopee, which finished 12th.
“I don’t know if we’ve beaten Shakopee since I’ve been here,” Nelson admitted.