The Watertown-Mayer girls’ and boys’ cross country teams both had strong showings last week in their home invitational, which also served as the final meet of the regular season.
The Royals hosted a nine-team boys’ race and a six-team girls’ race. The Watertown-Mayer girls’ team finished in second place, behind only Waconia, while the Royals’ boys’ team finished in third place, behind Mayer Lutheran and Glencoe-Silver Lake.
Mayer Lutheran, which also won the Minnesota River Conference meet the week before, scored 57 points to win the boys’ race, while Glencoe-Silver Lake score 62 and Watertown-Mayer scored 88.
Mayer Lutheran’s Alex Fredrickson and Jesse Greenhagen finished first and second individually. The top Watertown-Mayer finisher was Casey Fails, who took sixth place with a time of 17:50 in the 5K race. Mike Burns finished 14th in 18:32, and Jay Boerner also cracked the top 20, coming in 17th with a time of 18:37.
Also for the Royals’ boys’ team, Caleb Fails finished 21st in 18:52. Jon Vouk was 30th in 19:17, Ethan Thonn was 38th in 19:43 and Josh Oak was 51st in 22:00.
On the girls’ side, Mayer Lutheran freshman Hannah Truniger won the 4K race with a time of 14:59. The top Watertown-Mayer finisher was senior Hannah Johnson, who took sixth place with a time of 16:19.
Liz Miller was right behind Johnson, finishing seventh with a time of 16:21. Kaila Anderson was 15th in 17:19 and Kristin Klitzke was 24th in17:42. Erin Sonderup-Hohenstein took 27th place with a time of 18:08, Laura Hertzog was 34th in 18:51 and Abby Hules was 40th in 20:21.
The Royals have now turned their attention to the Section meet, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. at Pierz Golf Course. Last year, the Royals advanced two runners — Liz Miller and and Hannah Johnson — to the state meet, which this year will once again be held at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Saturday, Nov. 3.