Cross-Country: Winger girls win, boys second
Jasmyn Armstrong set a school record, and the Red Wing girls cruised to an easy victory in the 2014 Trojan Invitational at Cedar Lake Farms in New Prague.
Armstrong finished the 4-kilometer course in 14 minutes, 38.6 seconds, almost a full 12 seconds ahead of New Prague’s Maria Berg, who came in second with a time of 14:50.5. Red Wing accumulated 35 points in the meet, far outpacing New Prague’s 65, which landed the hosts in second place.
“New Prague has a very good runner in Maria Berg, and she pushed Jasmyn for the first couple of miles. But the last half mile, Jasmyn pulled away,” said Red Wing head coach Jesse Nelson. “And it wasn’t a very fast course, and coming off of the week of practice that we’ve had, it was very impressive.”
Kianna Stewart placed third (15:32.2) while Adelle DeSutter placed fifth (16:06.1) to give the Wingers three runners in the top five. Rounding out the scoring for Red Wing were Grace Johnson (11th, 16:52.3) and Kendal Swanson (15th, 17:23.4).
“We haven’t had a meet in so long, and practice was tough the last couple weeks, the kids were not supposed to be fresh for this. It was a good day for both the boys and girls,” Nelson said.
Cannon Falls was led by Katherine Hoffman, whose time of 16:27.9 was good for eighth place. The Bombers placed seventh as a team with 170 points. Emma Thomley (37th, 18:57.3), Annika Thomley (39th, 19:04.2), Brooke Hogan (41st, 19:20.9) and Jenna Kremers (45th, 19:40.1) also scored for Cannon Falls.
The Winger boys also had a solid day behind George Nemanich, who placed third with a time of 16:41.8. Meyer Beckner (6th, 17:07.3) and Forest Evanson (10th, 17:20.6) also finished in the top 10, giving Red Wing 52 points and a second-place finish behind Big Nine Conference rival Rochester Century, which finished with 37 points.
“I’m happy with how we ran, for the most part. Meyer and Forest really stepped up for us today. It’s very encouraging going forward,” Nelson said. “It’s close, if you look at the times, it’s not like it’s a huge margin. We think we’ll be in the mix for a Big Nine title, and a section title along with Century and Rochester Mayo.”
Marcus Warrington (15th, 17:31.0) and Asa Beckner (18th, 17:40.1) were the final two scorers for the Wingers. Century’s Seth Massot (16:25.8) and Sam Nelson (16:34.0) took the top two spots individually.
Bjorn Pearson (18:00.3) took 24th for Cannon Falls, which ran with just four runners, making the Bombers ineligible to compete as a team. Also in action for Cannon Falls were Karl Ritzman (36th, 18:40.3), Thor Hanson (52nd, 19:43.3) and Karl Trost (56th, 19:59.9).
The Winger boys and girls will be back in action Friday for their home invitational at 4 p.m. On Saturday, there will be an alumni/community run at 9 a.m. at the high school.
The Bombers will be at the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Invitational on Thursday.