The Watertown-Mayer cross country team competed at the annual Swain Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 3, with the girls’ team placing in ninth place out of 30 teams competing at the Class A level. The boys’ team finished in 22nd place.
In the Class A girls’ event, Trinity School at River Ridge finished in first place with 91 points, but Watertown-Mayer posted a strong showing, taking ninth with 335 points. Lydia Fails led the way with a 20th place finish out of 214 total runners, finishing in a time of 16:47.2.
Liz Miller was right behind Fails for the Royals, finishing 23rd in a time of 17:00.2. Abby Hules (88th) and Kirstin Klitzke (89th) also cracked the top 100 for the Royals, with Hules finishing in 18:27.4 and Klitzke finishing in 18:29. Kailey Carrabre also added a 135th place finish in a time of 19:26.6 and Erin Sonderup-Hohenstein was 138th in 19:30.7.
On the boys’ side, Mora won the Class A team title, and Mike Destache of St. Paul Academy won the individual crown in 16:35.6. Watertown-Mayer’s top finisher was Mike Burns, who took 64th place in a time of 18:57.4.
Jon Vouk added an 84th place finish for Watertown-Mayer in 19:28.2, and Ethan Thonn finished 106th in 20:00.00. Austin Wandersee finished 157th in 21:52.8, and Josh Oak was 170th in 22:38.9.
The Royals will be back in action on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 3:15 p.m. for the Minnesota River Conference meet at Baylor Regional Park in Norwood Young America. The Royals will also host their home invite on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 4:15 p.m. Ten other schools will be participating in that meet, the last one of the regular season for Watertown-Mayer.
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