Cross-Country: Winger boys seventh, girls 11th at Alexandria
The Red Wing cross-country teams headed north to the Alexandria Lions Meet of Champions on Saturday, where the boys team finished seventh and the girls placed 11th.
The Winger boys finished the day with 188 points, which was 17 behind sixth-place Sioux Falls Washington's 171. Stillwater was the boys' team champion with 70, followed by Edina (85), White Bear Lake (119), Mounds View (145) and Sartell (164).
Tom Nemanich was the Red Wing boys' only runner in the top 10, placing seventh with a time of 16 minutes, 33 seconds. Tucker Wallin was 24th at 16:54, and the trio of Weston Wyatt (50th, 17:22), Asa Beckner (51st, 17:24) and Johan Leise (56th, 17:27) all finished within five seconds of each other to complete the team score. Though not included in the team score, Bryan Zucker (17:30) and Skyler Bennyhoff (17:32) weren't far behind at 60th and 62nd.
Roseville's Acer Iverson won the individual title with a time of 15:55, beating Chanhassen's Nicholas Scheller by eight seconds.
Meanwhile, the Winger girls had 233 points in a tight race that saw Red Wing miss out on eighth place by three points as Monticello finished with 230. Willmar won the team title with 58 points, followed by Marshall (97), Becker (128), Stillwater (141) and Roseville (144).
Tori Leitner was the top Winger girl Saturday, placing 30th at 20:17. Also placing in the top 40 were Grace Dube (35th, 20:26) and Ariana Mollgaard (39th, 20:40). Jasmyn Armstrong placed 62nd at 21:23, followed by Grace Johnson at 67th in 21:29. Carolyn Hanson also competed for Red Wing, finishing 83rd in 21:49.
The girls' champion was Roseville's Bergen Haag at 19:01, besting Willmar's Heidi Schmitz' 19:10.
The Wingers will compete in the Big Nine Conference championship meet on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Owatonna.