Royal runners earn MRC honors

The Watertown-Mayer cross country teams competed at the Minnesota River Cross Country meet at Norwood Young America’s Baylor Regional Park on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The Royals had two athletes earn all-conference honors and two more earn honorable-mention honors as the girls’ team finished in third place overall and the boys’ team finished in eighth place.

Senior Liz Miller and sophomore Lydia Fails both earned first-team all-conference honors after finishing in second and fifth-place in the girls’ race. Senior Erin Sonderup-Hohenstein also finished in 19th place to earn honorable mention honors, while Michael Burns, the Royals’ top finisher on the boys’ side in a time of 18:06.2, also earned honorable-mention honors with 13th-place finish.

Belle Plaine won the girls’ team title with 50 points, while Norwood Young America was second with 56 points and Watertown-Mayer was third with 85 points. NYA eighth-grader Judy Larson won the individual title in 15:11, beating Miller by 15 seconds for the title. Miller finished the 4K course in 15:26.7.

Fails finished in 15:49.1 for the Royals, and Sonderup-Hohenstein had a time of 17:26.5. Freshman Kirstin Klitzke finished 29th in 18:03.7 and fellow freshman Abby Hules finished 30th in 18:09.0. Senior Kailey Carrabre was 31st in 18:09.1 and freshman Madison Daniels was 37th in 18:56.6.

Jordan won the boys’ team title with 43 points. The individual title went to NYA junior Alex Winshnack in a time of 16:53.3, as the Raiders swept the individual championships.

Watertown-Mayer’s No. 2 finisher was junior Jon Vouk, who finished 29th in a time of 19:19.7 on the 5K course. Senior Ethan Thonn finished 32nd in 19:32.6, and freshman Austin Wandersee was 4th in 20:36.0. Senior Josh Oak had a time of 21:55.8, while Ryan Michaletz finished in 21:57.9 and Logan Vanwatermuelen had a time of 23:26.5.

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