Waconia head coach Christian Gilbert is “very pumped” about the accomplishments of the WHS cross country teams this season, which culminated at the Wright County Conference Championships last week.
“A great day in the woods for Waconia cross country,” Gilbert said of the ‘Cats Oct. 10 meet in Mound. “The kids blew me away and a great step forward for the Waconia distance program.”
The girls’ varsity team finished second to Annandale with 88 points and three All-Conference recipients in senior Lexi Willems, junior Alora Rands, and sophomore Carissa Dock. Willems finished behind two Annandale runners and a Holy Family competitor for fourth place in 16:02.60. Rands was 12th in 16:40.72, closely trailed by Dock in 14th (16:46.43).
Seventh grader Madison Denzer was fourth for WHS, 28th overall, with a time of 17:36.31, with junior Mikaela Kauma not far behind in 30th place at 17:40.97. Seniors Katherine Jensen (18:03.89) and Kortney Luedloff (18:13.72) finished 40th and 41st of nearly 70 runners in the meet to round out the competition for WHS.
For the Wildcat boys, their 10th place finish of 11 conference teams was a bit disappointing.
“Was expecting much better,” Gilbert said. “But they ran hard went for it big time, but really faded towards the end. But a very young squad, future in guys distance is very bright!”
Sophomore Alex Carrabre finished first for the Wildcats, 25th overall in 18:52.82. Seventh grader Kalin McDonough was 43rd in 19:25.11 before sophomore Travis Kray was third for WHS in 55th position at 19:42.60. Senior Tony Fulkerson was 58th in 19:45.85, before sophomore Josh Rands, junior Jacob Tereau, and freshman Zach Hennen crossed in 60th, 61st, and 62nd.
The Waconia junior varsity squads gave spectators just a taste of what is to come for the WHS distance program. The JV girls finished third of 10 teams, led by seventh grader Grace Zieske who won the race in 17:31.54. Sophomore Allyson Mars was tenth in 18:38.52.
The JV boys won their division, with sophomore Parker Roehl at the helm, finishing fifth in 19:47.91. Freshman Jack Kappel was ninth in 19:55.21. Both were awarded ribbons for their top 10 finishes.
Next up, WHS will be at Buffalo for the Section 2AA meet on Oct. 24.
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