Red Wing cross-country head coach Jesse Nelson called Friday's Melby Invite at St. Olaf College in Northfield a mixed bag based on the results.
The Red Wing boys team finished 20th overall, far behind conference foes Chanhassen and Chaska, but Nelson expects the team to be able to compete with those schools later in the season. Chanhassen finished 10th and Chaska 12th.
Hopkins won the meet with 82 points and had two runners place in the top 10.
Minneapolis Southwest took second with 96 points and Owatonna finished third with 132 points.
The Wingers scored 489 points and finished one spot back of Shakopee, which scored 458 points. Junior Aiden Winn led the team with a 16th-place finish in the 5-kilometer race in a time of 17 minutes, 13.5 seconds.
Freshman George Nemanich finished 73rd in 18:20.3 and sophomore Philip Mitchell took 105th in 18:45.1.
Sophomore Meyer Beckner finished in 19:16.3 for 146th overall and sophomore Marcus Warrington rounded out the top five for Red Wing with a time of 19:20.
Nelson expects Warrington and junior Joe Partington to drop time in the future as the team struggled with consistency.
Injury bug still
around for girls
Red Wing finished 24th out of 31 teams while missing two runners at the meet.
The Wingers ran without Kelsee Anderson and Hailee Johnson, who are still recovering from the first meet of the season where Anderson sprained an ankle and Johnson suffered dehydration.
Without those two Emily Dech and Adelle Desutter stepped up in Northfield. Dech finished 155th in 18:35.5 on the 4-kilometer course and Desutter rounded out the top five for the team with a 167th place finish and a time of 18:50.1 Adrienne Hicks returned to the team and ran a time of 18:39.4 for 157th place.
Lindsay Scribner led the team with a time of 16:12.1 for 26th place and Elise Leise finished 122nd in 17:54.5.
Nelson said once the team gets healthy it will be alright moving forward.
-- Compiled by Nick Gerhardt, staff writer