At a meet with multiple state ranked teams and individual runners, the Waconia cross country team didn’t expect to win at Chaska on Oct. 2, but simply compete with the best of the best and see how they matched up.
The Waconia girls finished 18th overall in the team competition with 461 points, defeating Dassel-Cokato, Red Wing, Mankato West, Bloomington Jefferson, and Shakopee. Chanhassen won the meet with 84 points, followed by Lakeville South (96) and Eden Prairie (120). Lakeville North senior Taylor Perkins won the race in 14:37.4.
Junior Lexi Willems was 16th overall, leading the Wildcats with a time of 15:32. Freshman Carissa Dock finished 82nd at 16:39.1. Senior Rhi McNulty was 105th at 17:04.3, followed by sophomore Mikaela Kauma in 120th (17:19.8), senior Nora Stevenson in 138th (17:45.3), junior Kortney Luedloff in 144th (18:02.3), and freshman Allyson Marrs in 147th (18:10.6).
The Wildcat boys were 20th in the team competition with 513 points, defeating Richfield and Dassel-Cokato. Stillwater won the competition with 38 points, followed by Eden Prairie (69) and Burnsville (141). Richfield junior Obsa Ali won the race in 15:25.7, more than ten seconds ahead of second place Wayde Hall of Stillwater.
Senior Ben Vaske and junior Tony Fulkerson both finished in the top 100 runners. Vaske was 49th in 17:30.5, followed by Fulkerson in 88th at 18:01.6. Sophomore Jacob Tereau was third for Waconia in 115th (18:26.8). Not far behind was junior David Hughes (127th, 18:50.7) and sophomore Miles Trujillo (134th, 19:11.1). Senior Adam Kirsch and freshman Joey Korteum also competed for Waconia. Kirsch was 142nd with a time of 19:31.2, and Korteum was 149th at 19:45.3. Head coach Clark
Machtemes said many personal bests and times worth lettering were accomplished at Chaska.
“A beautiful day to run your PR,” he said.
WHS is at Delano Oct. 11 for the conference meet.