Cross Country: Red Wing, Cannon Falls, ZM/KW compete in Rochester
The Red Wing boys cross country team took fourth place in a loaded lineup Thursday at the Rochester Mayo Invitational, scoring 158 points. Wayzata won the race with a team total of 35 points.
“The boys ran well. We had some good personal record times. The two best programs in the state were at this meet, so going up against them, we could see where we’re at against the best of the best. I’m happy with how the boys ran. Also, we know there’s more in the tank,” said Red Wing head coach Jesse Nelson. “We did get beat by Winona [third with 147 points], which opens our eyes a little bit. I know the boys aren’t satisfied, and they feel they can run a little better.”
Aiden Winn placed 14th with a time of 16 minutes, 39.5 seconds, five spots ahead of 19th-place George Nemanich’s 16:51.84.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa/Kenyon-Wanamingo’s Eric Hokanson placed 73rd with a time of 18:07.19. ZM/KW took 19th as a team with a score of 472.
Cannon Falls’ Bjorn Peterson ran an 18:49.94, good for 105th. The Bombers placed 21st in the 23-team field.
Wayzata’s Connor Olson took top honors with a time of 15:18.54.
The Bombers Emi Trost suffered a rare defeat in the girls race, running a 14:32.33, about two seconds off the winning time by Burnsville’s Vivian Hett. Cannon Falls placed 20th as a team with 515 points.
Red Wing had the 16th and 17th finishers with Jasmyn Armstrong (15:45.57) and Lindsay Scribner (15:46.19), respectively. The Wingers finished with 189 points, good for fifth place behind Wayzata, which won with 29 points.
“The girls ran really, really well. Elise got a feel for the race; she’s still not 100 percent and she didn’t finish, but she did run part of the race. We anticipate she’ll be ready for New Prague invite,” Nelson said. “They continue to impress. You got Wayzata, which is the best team in the state, in the field. The girls didn’t get beat by any section school which is very encouraging moving forward. We beat the Big Nine schools and section schools. They believe they can be in the mix for a top place in the section.”
ZM/KW’s Skyler Jacobson completed her run in 16:42.30, good for 61st place as the team finished in 25th place with 626 points.