Hosting their annual Run of Lakes cross country invitational on Sept. 17, the Waconia boys’ and girls’ cross country teams came out on top. With the varsity girls easily winning the meet and the varsity boys’ team taking fourth, head coach Christian Gilbert simply said, “wow.”
“I don’t know what is going on this year, but we are just killing it,” he said. “I’m so impressed with my runners.”
With 42 total points, the Waconia girls’ handily defeated second place Hastings (94) and third place Watertown-Mayer (104). The field of 10 teams also included Belle Plaine (121), Glencoe-Silver Lake (132), Delano (168), Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (169), LeSueur-Henderson (195), Mayer Lutheran (204), and Sibley East (219).
All seven of the varsity girls finished in the top 21 runners, led by senior Lexi Willems. Willems won the race in 15;44.9, 10 seconds ahead of Belle Plaine’s Janessa Meuleners.
Carissa Dock and Alora Rands crossed the line seven seconds apart to take fifth and sixth places. Dock finished in 16:31.6 before Rands exited the race in 16:38.0.
Madison Denzer continued to make strides in her cross country year by finishing 13th overall with a time of 17:33.7. Katherine Jensen (17:49.4), Kortney Luedloff (17:50.1), and Grace Zieske finished just two second apart for places 19, 20, and 21.
With Delano taking home top honors of the boys’ race with 35 points, the Wildcat men finished fourth at 102.
Tony Fulkerson led the way for the ‘Cats with his 10th place finish in 17:42.9. Alex Carrabre wasn’t far behind, finishing 11th in 17:47.7. The remaining Wildcats all finished within the top 45 runners. Kalin Mcdonough was 26th overall in 18;41.9, before Josh Rands and Parker Roehl crossed together in 31st and 32nd positions with times of 18:52.1 and 18:52.9, respectively. Zachary Hennen was 38th in 19:02.0, and Taylor Kray wrapped up the race for WHS by finishing 43rd in 19:12.2.
Next week, the Wildcats compete at the Chaska Par 30 Golf Course on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in what is always a meet filled with state ranked individuals and teams, which the Wildcats use as a gauge for sections.
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