Four-peat for Wingers denied at conference meetThe Red Wing boys cross-country team couldn’t make it four consecutive conference championships Tuesday at the Missota Conference meet in New Prague.
By: R-E Sports Staff, The Republican Eagle
The Red Wing boys cross-country team couldn’t make it four consecutive conference championships Tuesday at the Missota Conference meet in New Prague.
The Wingers finished third with 84 points, behind conference champ Chanhassen and runner-up Chaska.
“At about the mile and a half mark we were probably in first place,” Red Wing head coach Jesse Nelson said. “They were going to do everything they could to get a fourth straight conference title.”
Red Wing senior Christian Leitner led the team with a fourth-place finish and a time of 16 minutes, 29 seconds in the 5-kilometer race. Leitner earned all-conference honors with his finish.
Sophomore Aiden Winn and senior Jordy Hassemer each won all-conference honorable mention awards with top 20 finishes. Winn placed 14th in 17:24 and Hassemer took 17th in 17:30. Marcus Warrington finished 24th in 17:42 and Trent VanLoon took finished 25th in 17:51.
“The goal has always been to get four other guys within a minute of Christian,” Nelson said. “Marcus and Trent are close behind.”
VanLoon ran a personal best at the meet and Winn finished near a personal best time, but it still wasn’t enough to edge Chaska and Chanhassen.
“Chanhassen — they’ll be at the state meet and Chaska was there last year,” Nelson said. “We’re going to have to run really well to beat good teams.”
Three earn all-conference honors for Red Wing girls
Red Wing junior Kelsee Anderson earned all-conference honors with a sixth-place finish at the conference meet at New Prague. Anderson finished in 15:25 on the 4-kilometer course as the Wingers took fourth overall with 110 points.
Fifth-ranked Shakopee won the meet while Chanhassen finished second and Chaska took third.
Sophomore Lindsay Scribner and senior Cori Fairbanks each finished in less than 16 minutes and both earned all-conference honorable mention. Scribner placed 14th in 15:46 and Fairbanks took 20th in 15:58. Shayna Ramstad nearly gave the Wingers four runners under 16 minutes when she ran the course in 16:06 for 27th place. Elise Leise finished 43rd in 17 minutes.
Ramstad set a personal best time with her run by 14 seconds and Scribner came within two seconds of a personal best time.
“We should go into the section meet with confidence,” Nelson said. “I’m just very pleased with our effort.”
Nelson said the team is poised to contend for second place at the section meet.
“We’re going to make a run at that second place in the section,” Nelson said.
The section meet is Oct. 27 in Owatonna.