Watertown-Mayer senior Hannah Johnson and junior Liz Miller both competed at the Class A girls’ cross country state meet last Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield, the second year in a row the duo has competed together at state.
Johnson, competing at the state meet for the fourth time in her career, finished in 96th place with a time of 16:09.8. Johnson previously qualified for state in 2008, 2009 and 2011, with her best finish coming last year, when she earned all-state honors with a 21st-place finish and a time of 5:27.1.
Johnson’s time from last year’s meet would have been good enough for third place this year, though it is difficult to compare times from different races. However, Johnson missed time early this season due to injury. That missed time likely cost her as far as conditioning was concerned, and head coach Rich Winter said she still is not quite 100 percent. Johnson was just now beginning to regain her previous form late in the season.
Miller, making her second appearance at the state meet, finished with a time of 16:11.70, good for 98th place.
The Class A champion was Blake School junior Clare Flanagan, who finished with a time of 15:24. The team champion was Esko, which beat out Annandale and a field of 16 teams in total to win the championship. Watertown-Mayer did not qualify as a team.
Look for a season wrap up story in the coming weeks.