Cross-Country: Winger boys win second straight Big Nine title; Girls second

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The Red Wing boys' cross-country team cemented its claim as the top team in the Big Nine Conference for the second straight year on Tuesday, winning the Big Nine championship meet at Brooktree Golf Course in Owatonna.

With three runners placing in the top six, the Winger boys finished the day with 57 points, besting Mankato East (95), Owatonna (103), Winona (111) and Rochester Century (135).

Along with winning the team title, the boys also had the individual champion as Tom Nemanich finished in first place with a time of 16 minutes, 35.9 seconds. Austin's Henry Hinchcliffe was the runner-up at 16:44.6.

Tucker Wallin finished in fourth place with a time of 16:54.4, and Weston Wyatt crossed the finish line in sixth at 16:58.0. Bryan Zucker was 22nd at 17:25.5, and Skyler Bennyhoff completed the team score with a 24th-place finish in 17:31.4.

Also running for the Winger boys were Asa Beckner (29th, 17:37.5) and Jonah Leise (32nd, 17:45.8).

For the Red Wing girls, a third-straight Big Nine proved elusive as the team placed second with 81 points, bested only by Rochester Century's 37.

Rounding out the top five were Mankato West (106), Northfield (123) and Owatonna (133).

Leading the Wingers' pack was Ariana Mollgaard, who was 11th overall with a time of 20:08.7, beating teammate Grace Dube's 12th-place time of 20:11. Sammi Chandler wasn't far behind in 14th place at 20:14.2. Tori Leitner was 19th in 20:38.3, and Jasmyn Armstrong rounded out the team score in 25th at 20:56.6. Grace Johnson finished 44th in 21:48.0, and Carolyn Hanson was 45th at 21:49.6.

The conference individual champion was Century's Alyson Welch at 18:59.6, beating teammate Jiayi Li's 19:08.7.

After Tuesday's conference meet, the Wingers have nine days to prepare for the Section 1AA championship meet, which is set to take place back at Brooktree Golf Course.