Headed into the Section 2AA meet this week, the Waconia cross country teams had a strong showing in Watertown on Oct. 16, where the girls’ team finished second overall behind Annandale and the WHS boys were fourth.
Annandale won the girls’ team competition with 42 points, with the Wildcats not too far back in second at 51 points in the seven-team field which included Norwood Young America (third, 76 points), Watertown-Mayer (95 points), Glencoe-Silver Lake (125), Mayer Lutheran (165), and Maranatha Christian (190).
For the second place finish, the first four WHS runners finished in the top 15. Senior Lexi Willems was fourth overall, first for WHS, with her time of 15:35.04. Junior Alora Rands and sophomore Carissa Dock were seventh and eighth with times of 16:11.76 and 16:19.30, respectively. Willems, Rands, and Dock all medaled. Seventh grader Madison Denzer finished 14th in 16:44.60.
Senior Katherine Jensen was 18th overall in 17:03.30, while junior Mikaela Kauma was 24th. Kauma finished in 17:36.30, and received the “middle of the pack” medal. Not far behind Kauma was senior Kortney Luedloff in 26th position at 17:39.49. All of the varsity WHS girls finished in the top 30 runners in a field of 46.
The junior varsity Wildcats finished second, led by Grace Zieske, who finished second overall.
The Waconia boys brought home a fourth place finish with 118 points, behind team champion Glencoe-Silver Lake (27 points), as well as Mound-Westonka (66) and Annandale (94). Senior Tony Fulkerson and seventh grader Kalin McDonough led the pack for WHS, finished 16th and 18th respectively. Fulkerson crossed the line in 18:26.28 over McDonough at 18:27.73.
Sophomore Alex Carrabre was 25th in 18:56.14, before three sophomores came across in 29th, 30th, and 31st. Parker Roehl finished 29th in 19:15.44, while Travis Kray ran a time of 19:19.72 and Josh Rands ran a 19:20.81. Freshman Zachary Hennen was 39th overall with a time of 19:44.67, to round out the boys’ varsity lineup.
The JV boys had one of their best meets of the season, finishing first as a team on the heels of Adam Ebent’s fourth place finish in 19:39.
The Wildcats are in Buffalo tonight, Oct. 24, for the Section 2AA meet. The top two teams, as well as the top eight individuals not on those two teams, will advance to the state meet on Nov. 2. Section 2AA boasts 15 teams including Wright County Conference teams Dassel-Cokato, Delano, Hutchinson, Mound-Westonka, and Orono, along with Buffalo, Chanhassen, Chaska, Mankato East and West, Marshall, New Prague, Shakopee, and Worthington.
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