Winger girls win Mayo Invite
The last 10 meters proved the difference for the Red Wing girls cross country team as it won the 41st annual Mayo Invitational Thursday at Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester.
The Wingers finished with 121 points and edged out Stillwater, which scored 122 points. Burnsville finished in third with 126 at the 20-team meet.
"I saw more fire out of the girls," Red Wing head coach Jesse Nelson said. "We passed a few girls in the last 10 meters and that was the difference."
Nelson said it ranked in the top three girls team performances he's seen in his career.
Junior Kelsee Anderson led the Wingers with a fifth-place finish in the 4-kilometer race with a time of 15 minutes, 20.52 seconds and sophomore Lindsay Scribner took 13th with a time of 15:46.95, in what Nelson called one of the best races of her career.
"She really put it together today," Nelson said.
Five runners, including Anderson, set a course record at the meet by finishing faster than the previous mark of 15:23.8.
Senior Cori Fairbanks followed Scribner with a 28th-place finish in a time of 16:19.06. Sophomore Shayna Ramstad took 38th in 16:26.86 and seventh-grader Elise Leise rounded out the top five with a 40th-place finish in a time of 16:30.92.
Boys finish sixth
Senior Christian Leitner led Red Wing with a ninth-place finish and a time of 16 minutes, 30.7 seconds in the 5-kilometer race as the Wingers finished sixth as a team at the meet.
Nelson came away impressed with the boys team as well.
"For both the boys and girls, our best meet of the year by far," Nelson said. "We didn't get after it enough (earlier in the year) ... and I thought we did a great job of that."
Red Wing had 220 points, but beat Plainview-Elgin-Millville, a team that began the season ranked ninth in Class A and defeated the Wingers at the Wabasha-Kellogg meet to start the season.
Stillwater won the meet with 28 points, which included placing its five top runners in the top 12 of the meet. Owatonna took second with 87 points, Rochester Mayo third with 107 points, Eastview finished fourth with 185 points and Cotter took fifth with 193 points.
Senior Jordy Hassemer finished 38th in 17:30, freshman Marcus Warrington took 54th in 17:53, followed by sophomore Aiden Winn, who took 59th. Senior Trent VanLoon finished one spot back of Winn in 60th place with the same time.
"We are definitely moving in the right direction with this program," Nelson said.
Red Wing heads to New Prague Sept. 27.