Five local high schools were all represented by their top runners at the 2013 MSHSL state cross country meet, held Nov. 2 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
For Waconia, senior Lexi Willems and sophomore Alex Carrabre competed in the Class AA competition, both faring well and running “their races,” according to WHS head coach Christian Gilbert.
“Which means they were right on track with their average times,” he said. “Did a nice job representing Waconia and the cross country team at state! We had a ton of fans and friendly faces in the crowd.”
Willems finished 93rd overall of a field of 174 competitors with a time of 15:35.5. Willems ran with a mile split of 5:47 and was on pace at 6:17.
In 118th position, Carrabre crossed the line in his first state appearance, finishing in 17:15.6. His mile split was 5:07.
In the Class A competition, both Mayer Lutheran and Holy Family Catholic high schools were represented. For LHS, senior Brandon Duffy competed in his second state race, finishing 102nd in 17:45.8, with a 5:26 mile split.
LHS head coach Rob Weber said Duffy’s finish was better than his previous appearance in 2011, when his finished 103rd in 17:57. During this 2013 race, Duffy faced touch pack running on a challenging course, Weber said.
“Starting on the inside, Brandon got pinched at the first turn, a sharp right, about 200 meters from the start,” Weber said.
Although it may not have been a personal best day for Duffy, he wraps up a long career of cross country running for LHS at state.
“Brandon wraps up a fine five years of running with three times All-Conference, two conference team championships, and a personal record of 16:57,” Weber said.
Juniors Jake Kirsch and Danny Mahota ran for the Fire in the boys’ Class A race, with Kirsch finishing 41st in 17:10.6. Mahota was 119th overall in 17:59.5.
From Norwood Young America, junior Alex Wischnack also competed, and finished with an impressive 25th place finish in 16:55.3.
Watertown-Mayer senior Liz Miller made her third consecutive state appearance and finished in 134th in 16:49.7.
The Holy Family girls’ team qualified as Section 4A champions and finished fifth overall at state. Senior Molly Eastman led the Fire with her fifth place finish (team competition) in 15:19.3, followed by sophomore Maria Eastman in seventh at 15:35.1. The Eastmans were 12th and 27th overall.
Junior Abby Hanscom crossed the line in 31st (74th overall) at 16:08.6, while freshman Kendra Franck (16:29.2) and senior Shannon Dolan (16:33.2) rounded out the scoring in 54th and 57th places (108th and 112th overall). Senior Eileen Curran also ran for Holy Family, finishing in 67th position in 16:41.3 (124th overall).
Look for full season wrap ups of the WHS and LHS cross country teams in the coming weeks.
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