In one of the most challenging meets on the schedule, the Waconia boys’ and girls’ cross country teams faced off against some of the top-ranked Class AA teams in the state last week at the Chaska Par 30 Golf Course on Oct. 1.
The varsity girls finished 13th of 21 complete teams with 339 points behind team champion Lakeville South (63 points). The Waconia boys were 20th of 22 teams with 573 points, behind 76-point meet winner Stillwater.
WHS head coach Christian Gilbert said despite the tough competition, it was a fun day.
“Times are coming down, tons of new athletes got their lettering times,” he said. “Teams did okay, but a tough 24 teams and most were ranked in Class AA.”
For the girls, senior Lexi Willems, sophomore Carissa Dock, junior Alora Rands, senior Katherine Jensen, and junior Mikaela Kauma all finished in the top 100 runners. Willems crossed first for WHS in 15:33.5, good enough for 26th position. Dock finished 53rd in 16:06.8 with Rands not far behind in 65th at 16:22. Jensen was 95th overall with a time of 17:00.6 before Kauma in 100th (17:08.3). Seventh grader Madison Denzer (17:18.6) and senior Kortney Luedloff (17:29.) crossed in the next 12 runners, finishing in 107th and 112th positions, respectively.
Sophomore Alex Carrabre was the first Wildcat boy to finish, with a final time of 17:57.2 for 85th place. Senior Tony Fulkerson was 102nd at 18:19.8 before four Wildcats crossed in 14 positions.
Seventh grader Kal McDonough was 134th in 18:47 over sophomore Josh Rands in 130th (18:57.8), sophomore Travis Kray in 132nd (19:00.8), and freshman Zach Hennen in 138th (19:16.1). Junior Taylor Kray crossed a minute later at 20;14.9 for 149th place.
The junior varsity girls were 18th of 20 and the boys were 19th of 24. The Wright County Conference championships are tonight, Oct. 10, at Mound-Westonka. Next week, Waconia will be at Watertown-Mayer on Oct. 15.
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