Cross-Country: Winger boys second, girls fourth at St. Olaf Showcase
Both the Red Wing boys' and girls' cross-country teams left the St. Olaf Showcase with top-five finishes as the boys placed second and the girls fourth.
The Winger boys' team score of 131 was enough to hold off Maple Grove's 136. White Bear Lake won the boys' meet with an 84, while Hopkins (157) and Buffalo (158) rounded out the top five.
Tom Nemanich was the Red Wing boys' top runner with a sixth-place time of 16 minutes, 58 seconds. Weston Wyatt was 24th at 17:15, and Tucker Wallin got into the top 30 with a 27th-place time of 17:16. Jonah Leise placed 31st at 17:19, and Asa Beckner completed the team score with a 43rd-place time of 17:33. Bryan Zucker was 44th at 17:33, and Skyler Bennyhoff rounded out the varsity with a 73rd-place time of 18:07.
The individual champion was Buffalo's Isaac Basten at 16:16, which was 16 seconds better than second-place Myles Fleming of Henry Sibley.
One point made all the difference for the Winger girls, as their 189 was good enough for fourth place over Roseville Area's 190. Wayzata was the team champion with 37, followed by Forest Lake's 168 and Hudson's 169.
Pacing the Red Wing girls was Grace Johnson with a 12th-place time of 19:31. Rounding out the varsity score was Ariana Mollgaard (23rd, 19:50), Tori Leitner (34th, 20:08), Grace Dube (36th, 20:15) and Jasmyn Armstrong (*107th, 21:35). Also taking the course for the varsity on Thursday was Sammi Chandler (126th, 21:51) and Carolyn Hanson (175th, 22:30).
Former Class 1A state champion, Grace Ping of Winona Cotter, won the meet with a time of 17:45.0. Tierney Wolfgram of Math and Science Academy (Woodbury) was second at 18:04, and Cotter's Lauren Ping placed third at 18:21.
On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Red Wing cross-country team will run at the Dewey Minnaert Invitational at St. Croix Regional Park in Hastings.