In what has already been a successful season for the Waconia boys’ and girls’ cross country teams, the Wildcats hosted their annual Run of the Lakes at Crown College on Sept. 18, and finished with top honors.
The Waconia girls won the meet with 49 points, ten ahead of second place Belle Plaine (59). Watertown-Mayer (80), Glencoe-Silver Lake (114), Mayer Lutheran (121), Delano (127), Sibley East (177), and LeSueur-Henderson (203) also competed.
All the Wildcats finished within the top 25 runners, led by junior Lexi Willems, and sophomores Kelsey Eder and Alora Rands, who came across the finish line 6-7-8. Willems finished the race in 16:38, while Eder and Rands were seven seconds back at 16:44 and 16:45, respectively. Senior Rhi McNulty was 12th overall at 17:18, followed by sophomore Mikaela Kauma (17:38) and freshman Carissa Dock (17:39) in 16th and 17th positions. Junior Kortney Luedloff also ran for the Wildcats and finished 24th with a time of 18:05. Mayer Lutheran’s Hannah Truniger won the race in 15:17.
The Wildcat boys were third overall with 93 points, trailing Glencoe-Silver Lake (54) and Delano (69). Delano’s top runners went 1-2 with junior Sam Thomas winning in 17:02.90. Waconia defeated Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted by just three points (96), and also defeated Mayer Lutheran (121), Watertown-Mayer (149), Belle Plaine (166), LeSueur-Henderson (167), and Sibley East (273).
Senior Ben Vaske finished first for the Wildcats in seventh place overall with a time of 17:44. Junior Tony Fulkerson was 11th in 18:14. Finishing 23rd and 24th were senior Adam Kirsch (18:59) and junior David Hughes (19:00). Junior Landin Goloja (19:07) and sophomore Jacob Teraeu (19:11), both finished within the top 30 runners, in 28th and 30th. Sophomore Miles Trujillo also ran for Waconia finishing with a time of 19:21 for 36th place.
Overall, Waconia head coach Clark Machtemes said it was a good Run of the Lakes with near perfect running conditions. He was pleased with the girls’ win and the boys’ finish as well.
“We did what we expected,” he said.
Compared to last season, Machtemes has seen great strides from the boys’ team.
“They’re older and they’re working hard,” he said.
Both boys’ and girls’ teams are at Buffalo on Sept. 27, before Chaska during homecoming week on Oct. 2. At the Par 30 Golf Course, the Chaska meet will be much like the same race in 2011, featuring many top teams.