Royals finish second, third at MRC meet

The Watertown-Mayer cross country teams turned in strong performances last week at the Minnesota River Conference meet at Baylor Park in Norwood Young America. The girls’ team finished in second place and the boys’ team took third.

The girls’ meet was won by Belle Plaine, which scored 46 points and placed three runners in the top 10 individually to win the title. Watertown-Mayer was second with 73 points, including two runners in the top 10.

The boys’ title went to Mayer Lutheran with 46 points, including three runners in the top five. Jordan was second with 62 points, and Watertown-Mayer was third with 93.

Two runners earned all-conference honors for the Royals’ girls’ team, with junior Liz Miller taking fourth place in 15:07.8 and senior Hannah Johnson taking sixth place in 15:34.1. Senior Kaila Anderson also earned honorable-mention all-conference honors by finishing in 14th place with a time of 16:31.5.

“By far the most improved run of the day was Kaila Anderson,” Watertown-Mayer coach Rich Winter said.

Also for the Watertown-Mayer girls, eighth-graders Kirsten Klitzke and Abby Hules both finished with a time of 17:01.9, finishing in 24th and 25th places. Erin Sonderup-Hohenstein took 29th with a time of 17:17.5 and senior Laura Hertzog took 36th with a time of 17:44.8.
On the boys’ side, senior Casey Fails led the Royals by finishing in ninth place an earning all-conference honors with a time of 17:23.8.

Sophomore Mike Burns also earned honorable-mention all-conference honors with a 12th place finish and a time of 17:38.3.
Also for the Royals, senior Caleb Fails finished 14th with a time of 17:43.8. Senior Jay Boerner was 27th in 18:22.8, sophomore Jon Vouk was 31st in 18:38.0, junior Ethan Thonn was 40th in the 18:59.4, and junior Josh Oak was 53rd in 20:42.4.

The Royals were also in action earlier this week when they hosted their own Watertown-Mayer Invitational, when 11 other teams were in town competing. That was the final meet of the regular season, and the Royals will now turn their attention to the section meet, which is Thursday, Oct. 25, at Pierz Golf Course.

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