Royal boys win cross country meet at St. John’s

The Watertown-Mayer boys’ and girls’ cross country teams competed only once last week, but the Royals certainly made the most of it. Competing at the St. John’s Prep Johnny Bread Run on Sept. 27 in Collegeville, the boys’ team finished in first place and the girls’ took second, placing four runners in the top 10.

“It was a good meet to see some of the Region 5 schools,” Watertown-Mayer coach Rich Winter said. “The boys and girls both ran very well. The girls had four in the top 10, and the boys’ only had one in the top 10, but took first as a team.”

Casey Fails, with a fifth-place finish, was the lone boy in the top 10 for the Royals, finishing in 18:14. However, the Royals next four runners all placed within the top 23, helping them secure first place as a team with 84 points, well ahead of Hinckley-Finlayson, which was second in the seven-team meet with 102 points.

Mike Burns finished in 11th place for the Royals with a time of 18:55, and Jon Vouk took 16th with a time of 19:17. Caleb Fails was 17th in 19:19 and Ethan Thonn was 23rd in 19:44. Jay Boerner wasn’t far behind for the Royals, finishing in 26th place with a time of 19:55, and Austin Wandersee finished in 21:59.

On the girls’ side, the Royals finished with 81 points, good for second place behind only Maple Lake (74) in the eight-team girls’ field. Liz Miller, who won the race with a time of 15:58, led the group of four Royals in the top 10.

Hannah Johnson was fourth with a time of 16:17, and Kirsten Klitzke was seventh with a time of 17:18. Lydia Fails took 10th with a time of 17:24, while Laura Hertzog was 32nd in 18:51 and Anna Phearman was 42nd in 20:05. Lily Chadwick finished in 20:12.

The Royals also ran at Becker’s Invitational at Pebble Creek Golf Club on Tuesday, and will be back in action Saturday as well. That’s when the Royals compete in a meet hosted by Duluth East at Enger Park Golf Course at 10 a.m.