Cross-Country: Young runners lead Red Wing at Shakopee
Giving its younger runners a chance to run in a varsity meet, the Red Wing boys and girls cross-country teams each took 12th place at the Shakopee Invitational Tuesday at Memorial Park.
“This meet gave us a great opportunity to get some varsity experience for some of our runners,” said Wingers head coach Jesse Nelson.
The Red Wing girls finished with 304 points, led by freshman Elise Leise’s 26th-place time of 16 minutes, 31.5 seconds.
“Elise bounced back to her normal self in that race,” Nelson said.
Emily Dech (17:39.7) and Kendell Swanson (17:48.4) took 65th and 69th, respectively. Teagan Cyr (17:49.6) and Ariana Mollgaard (17:54.7) rounded out the varsity scoring, finishing in 70th and 74th, respectively.
Monticello edged Shakopee for the girls’ title as the Magic had 44 points, compared to 79 for the Sabers. Shakopee freshman Tess Misgen won the race with a time of 14:30.2.
With Aiden Winn’s ninth-place finish, the Red Wing boys finished the Shakopee Invite with 301 points. Winn completed the race in 17:11.9.
Forest Evanson was the team’s second-best runner, placing 60th at 18:45.8, and Asa Beckner ran the track in 19:00.3, good for 69th. Weston Wyatt (19:12.6) and Cody Leitner (19:36.5) took 76th and 87th, respectively.
Host Shakopee won the boys’ race with a score of 81, edging Rogers’ score of 103. Richfield’s Obsa Ali took top honors with a time of 15:20.7.
This coming Tuesday, Red Wing heads to Cedar Lake Farm in New Prague to run in the Missota Conference championships. Race time is slated to start at 4 p.m.