In their final meet of the regular season, the Mayer Lutheran/Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity boys’ and girls’ cross country teams competed at Watertown on Oct. 16.
“Some very tough competition, coupled with cool and wet conditions made for a good day of racing, but not so much fast times,” head coach Rob Weber said.
Qualifying a full roster, the Mayer Lutheran girls scored 165 points as a team and finished sixth of seven teams at the meet. Annandale was the girls’ team champion with 42 points.
Eighth grader Emilie Berry led the Crusaders with a 10th place finish in a field of 46 runners. Berry finished in 16:28.97. Sophomore Karlea Kyllo was the next LHS runner across the line in 21st position with a time of 17:26.69. Freshman Clara Leverich, eighth grader Grace Dietrich, and junior Mikaila Norman rounded out the competition for LHS by finishing 43rd (20:35.25), 45th (22:46.19), and 46th (26:14.90), respectively.
Weber said Kyllo had a nice race, despite the poor conditions, while Leverich, Dietrich, and Norman all continue to improve.
The LHS boys finished eighth of eight teams at the meet with 189 points, behind team champion Glencoe-Silver Lake (27 points). Senior Brandon Duffy carried the Crusaders with his top ten finish. In 18:03.34, Duffy finished seventh in the 55-man field. Junior Wyatt Entinger crossed the line second for LHS, in 41st position in 19:50.22. Freshman Parker Esterberg, junior Ben Quiram, freshman Todd Johnson, and eighth grader Drew Jackson finished near the back of the pack, with Esterberg in 47th (20:33.93), Quiram in 49th (20:46.43), Johnson in 51st (21:09.69), and Jackson in 54th (22:50.25). Johnson was the lone LHS varsity runner to record a season best time, improving by two seconds.
Saddled with injuries last week, Alex Mielke, John Bones, Seth Pauna, and Harley Hentges were spectators instead of runners at Watertown.
The Crusaders will compete in the Section 5A meet tonight in Milaca. Duffy hopes to return to the state competition, after narrowly missing the cut in 2012. Berry will look to make her first state appearance. The top two teams, along with the top eight individuals not on those teams, qualify for the Class A state meet on Nov. 2.
Twenty-four teams comprise Section 5A for cross country, which includes many of the teams LHS faced at Watertown.
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