It was Wright County versus Minnesota River Conference at Norwood Young America on Sept. 11, as multiple teams from both conferences faced off at Baylor Park for a cross country meet.
With all runners finishing in the top 45, the Waconia girls’ team finished second (of 15) with 86 points, behind frontrunner Holy Family (41). Junior Lexi Willems finished sixth overall in 16:26.5. Sophomores Kelsey Eder and Alora Rands both finished within the top 15, in 13th (16:59.8) and 14th (17:12.0), respectively. Senior Rhi McNulty was 23rd in 17:32 and sophomore Mica Aslakson was 30th in 17:56.8. Sophomore Mikaela Kauma (18:02.4) and freshman Carissa Dock (18:13.2) also competed for the varsity Wildcats. Belle Plaine’s Janessa Mueleners won the girls’ race in 15:37.0.
The Waconia boys were sixth overall of the 20 teams at the meet. Senior Ben Vaske led the way for the Wildcats, finishing in 12th at 18:00.4. Junior Tony Fulkerson (18:22.6) and senior Adam Kirsch (10:50.6) both finished in the top 30, in 21st and 29th positions. Sophomore Jacob Tereau (19:20.6) was 47th, and junior David Hughes (20:16.1) was 86th to finish the scoring for Waconia. Junior Landin Goloja (20:57.0) and sophomore Miles Trujillo (23:06.2) also competed for the Wildcats. Junior Scott Harrison, of Mound-Westonka, won the race in 16:39.1. The Mound-Westonka team won the meet with 77 points, followed by Holy Family (116), Delano (118), Montevideo (131), and Glencoe-Silver Lake (157).
Waconia also competed at Delano on Sept. 13, where the girls took home top honors, winning the meet with 29 points. Maple Lake was second with 33 points, followed by Delano (70). Rockford, FAIR, and Southwest Christian also had runners at the meet, but did not participate in the team competition. Willems won the race in 16:12, defeating second place Halle Geyen of Maple Lake by 30 seconds. Rands was third at 16:46. Eder (17:04) and McNulty (17:32) rounded out the top ten with sixth and eighth place finishes, respectively. Kauma finished 11th in 17:49, followed by Dock in 13th (17:57) and senior Nora Stevenson (18:45).
The Wildcat boys finished second of the six teams, totaling 60 points. Delano won with 30 points. Waconia narrowly defeated Rockford (63) and Maple Lake (69), but took down Southwest Christian (127) and FAIR (182). Fulkerson and Vaske went 6-7, with times of 18:33 and 18:37. Tereau was 14th overall at 19:41, closely trailed by Kirsch (19:43) and Hughes (19:50) in 16th and 17th. Alex Carrabre and Josh Rands also ran for the Wildcats, finishing in 23rd and 24th with times of 20:29 and 20:42.
Waconia is at Dassel-Cokato Sept. 25, followed by Buffalo (Sept. 27), and Chaska (Oct. 2).