Royals’ Miller advances to state meet for third straight year

Watertown-Miller's Liz Miller, seen here running during the team's home meet this year, advanced to her third consecutive state meet with her performance at the section meet in Milaca on Oct. 24.

Watertown-Miller’s Liz Miller, seen here running during the team’s home meet this year, advanced to her third consecutive state meet with her performance at the section meet in Milaca on Oct. 24.

For the third straight year, Watertown-Mayer runner Liz Miller is headed to the Class A state cross country meet.

Miller qualified with her 10th place finish at the Section 5A meet last Thursday, Oct. 24, in Milaca. She finished the 4K course in a time of 15:26.6, helping the Royals finish in seventh place as a team out of 18 teams. The Royals had 208 points, while champion Annandale had 53 points.

The top two teams at the state meet advance to the section meet, as do the other top eight individuals that are not part of either of those teams. Miller claimed the seventh of those eight spots.

Just missing one of those eight spots for the Royals was Lydia Fails. She finished in 14th place overall with a time of 15:48.4, but was the ninth finisher from a non-qualifying team.

Abby Hules added a 47th place finish for the Royals in a time of 17:14.3. Kirsten Klitzke finished 58th in 17:28.8, and Erin Sonderup-Hohenstein was 78th in 17:55.8. Kailey Carrabre finished 79th in 17:58.1, and Madison Daniels rounded out the Royals lineup with an 83rd place finish in 18:08.5.

The Watertown-Mayer boys’ team finished in 16th place. The team title went to Mora.

The Watertown-Mayer boys’ squad was led by a 46th place finish from Mike Burns, who finished the 5K course in 18:11.2. Jon Vouk was 63rd in 18:53.3.  Ethan Thonn added a 77th place finish with a time of 19:15.8. Austin Wandersee finished in 20:39.9, Josh Oak finished in 20:55.6, Zack Eliason had a time of 21:27.8, and Jacob Oak finished in 22:56.3.

The Class A state meet will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The girls’ meet gets under way at 1 p.m.

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