Raiders compete well at New Prague

Central cross country runners saw some strong competition at New Prague on Tuesday, Sept. 25, but maintained a season of strong individual performances that has head coach Mark Lagergren feeling good about the state of the team just one week away from the Minnesota River Conference meet.

The Raider girls officially took sixth place with 168 points at the 11-team meet, but when a timing error was discovered it was determined that Central should have taken fifth place overall with 138 points.

New Prague won the girls’ race with 53 points, followed by Farmington (71), Belle Plaine (96), Red Wing (109) and Faribault (162).

“We ran well,” said Lagergren. “It was good competition. Red Wing, Farmington, Faribault, Cannon Falls, New Prague, those are all really big schools.”

Judy Larson took home a medal with a seventh place individual finish (16:03), and her sister Parry Larson just missed a top 10 medal with a 13th place finish (16:19). Abby Schnabel’s time was corrected to 16:48, April Feist ran a 17:03 and Kayla Engelstad (19:48) also figured in the scoring, with Emma Schmidt rounding out the varsity roster.

Judy Larson, Schnabel and Feist all set personal records during the race.

“Our top four girls were very good,” said Lagergren.

On the boys’ side, the Raiders finished ninth out of 12 complete teams with 238 points. Red Wing won the race with 59 points.

Alex Wischnack (17:17) earned a medal by finishing fifth overall. Ben Barth (18:50), Chase Heuer (19:04), Devon Dvorak (19:45) and Andrew Wischnack (19:48) also scored, while Alex Kayser and Josh Hendel rounded out the varsity roster.

“Alex did really well,” said Lagergren. “I don’t think we’ve brought medals home from New Prague in a long time.”

Lagergren added that while Jordan, LeSueur-Henderson and Tri-City United finished ahead of the Central boys at New Prague, he wasn’t particularly concerned because Central has beaten those teams earlier this year.

“We won’t get beat by those teams at a smaller meet like conference,” he said. “We’re right there with them. We ran really well. It was a nice day. Our kids did a decent job. We just have to stay healthy and keep doing what we’re doing.”

The Raiders have their final two meets of the regular season before conference this Thursday at Sleepy Eye and Saturday in Duluth. The conference meet will be held at Baylor Park on Thursday, Oct. 11.