Cross-Country: Late surge pushes Red Wing's Armstrong
Eight days after finishing her first state cross-country meet, Jasmyn Armstrong travelled to Sioux Falls, S.D., for the Nike Cross National Heartland Regional.
Armstrong, who placed 80th in the Class 2A event on Nov. 2, improved drastically with a winning five-kilometer time of 19 minutes, 26 seconds in the Open Race on Sunday.
“Her come-from-behind victory was one of the most exciting winning finishes I have witnessed from a Winger,” said Red Wing head cross-country coach Jesse Nelson.
Armstrong came out on top of a field of 283 runners, including athletes from Farmington, Austin, Wayzata, Eden Prairie and Perham, among many others.
The Wingers were also represented by the boys team that ran in the Class 2A state meet. The Wingers finished 12th in Minnesota’s big-school race, then finished 23rd out of 28 teams in South Dakota.
George Nemanich led the Wingers with a time of 16:58.5, followed by Aiden Winn (17:04.6), Darrick Jackson (17:20.9) and Marcus Warrington (17:27.8). Meyer Beckner (17:50.1), Ryan Schnaith (17:55.8) and Joe Partington (18:05.6) rounded out the scoring for Red Wing. Fellow Wingers Phillip Mitchell and Josh Partington ran in the boys Open Race. Mitchell finished 89th with a time of 17:40, while Josh Partington came in 329th with a time of 19:55.
There were 459 runners in the boys Open Race.
Edina won the boys event with a score of 106, 29 points better than second-place Wayzata. Red Wing totaled 586 points.