Prep cross-country: Wabasso girls, GFW boys dominate

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop’s Ryan Albrecht won the boy’s race at the Tomahawk Conference meet Tuesday in Winthrop. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

WINTHROP — The Wabasso girls’ cross-country team finished first in the Tomahawk Conference meet on Tuesday with three runners in the top 10 for 53 total points.

Chloe Haven finished seventh in the race for Wabasso with a time of 22:52.3, while Lindsey Bernardy finished eighth overall with a time of 23:14.4. Candace Jenniges finished 10th for Wabasso with a time of 23:21.6.

The Minnesota Valley Lutheran girls took second with 64 points, while Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop finished third (71), Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s/Sleepy Eye/New Ulm Cathedral finished fourth (73) and Springfield/Cedar Mountain/Comfrey finished fifth (84).

On the boys’ side, GFW won with a team score of 25, followed by MVL (71), S/CM/C (77), SM/SE/NUC (84) and Wabasso (114).

MVL’s Abby Nelson finished fourth overall with a time of 22:18.6, while Noelle Olson finished sixth with a time of 22:30.5.

Grace Feder finished the race with a first place time of 20:46.2 for GFW. She was happy with her performance after the race despite the warmer day.

“It was a really good race,” Feder said. “It was a lot warmer than I thought it was going to be today, so that didn’t help — I don’t usually run good in hot weather.

“It’s been a great season and our team has done so good this year,” Feder said. “Everyone’s gotten a lot better through the season and it’s just really fun.”

Morgan Aylsworth finished 11th for GFW with a time of 24:03.7.

SM/SE/NUC’s top runners finished second and third overall. Brianna Polesky finished second with a time of 21:31.2, while Abby Hagen finished third with a time of 22:00.3.

Lily McCone finished fifth overall with a time of 22:22.7 for S/CM/C, while Miranda Groebner finished ninth with a time of 23:18.3.

For the boys, Ryan Albrecht finished first in the race for GFW at 17:31.3, while Javier Victorino finished third with a time of 18:01.5. GFW also had four other runners finish in the top 10.

Jacob Bohl finished sixth for GFW with a time of 18:47.8, Will Pioske finished seventh at 18:48.2, Quinn Bleick finished eighth at 19:05.8 and Jordan Halstead finished ninth at 19:29.9.

“We had an overall great team performance and are where we want to be towards the end of the season,” Albrecht said. “We want to peak towards the end — so hopefully we peak next week at sections where we do our best.”

MVL’s Jakin Anderson finished fourth with a time of 18:08.5, while Dylan Holtmeier finished 13th with a time of 20:46.8.

S/CM/C’s Mitchell Buerkle finished second in the race at 17:42.7, while Elijah Kirchstein finished fifth with a time of 18:10.6.

“I thought I ran a really good race,” Kirchstein said. “It was a beautiful day out to run. great course — wonderful course. The hills really help you out a lot. The downhills really help take your momentum down. Those gradual hills really do suck a lot of energy out of you, but it’s all about how you finish. Long strides and get those arms moving.”

SM/SE/NUC’s Isaac Nelson finished 10th overall with a time of 19:33.4, while freshman Josh Hagen finished 14th with a time of 20:49.5.

Wabasso was led by Vander Mathiowetz, who finished 11th with time of 20:19.4, and Jonathan Donner, who finished 24th with a time of 22:28.4.