Cross country: Boys get Rough back; girls take 3rd in Red Wing
The Hastings boys cross country team welcomed back one of its best runners this week, as HHS senior Michael Rough returned to the Raider lineup.
Rough helped Hastings place sixth out of eight teams at the annual Red Wing Invitational Friday in Red Wing.
Rough finished in the middle of a three-person Hastings pack at the race.
Chase Keilers led the Raiders with an 18th-place finish and a time of 18 minutes, 3.26 seconds. Rough was 19th in 18:04.63, and Wyatt Behrends came in 20th with a time of 18:07.99.
"It was good to see all three of those guys running together as a pack," Hastings coach John Dewall said. "We're looking for improvement from all three of those guys coming into our next meet."
Also scoring for Hastings were Matthew Rogness, who took 34th in 18:45.62; and Zack Benning, who was 35th in 18:46.13.
Riley Tarrant and Jon Erickson rounded out the Hastings lineup. Tarrant finished 50th in 19:45.79 and Erickson was 55th in 21:08.00.
Hastings had 126 points. Red Wing won the meet with 40 and Woodbury was second with 70.
The Hastings girls finished third in the very competitive field.
Hastings came in behind Shakopee and Roseville. Shakopee had 37 points, Roseville had 57 and Hastings had 87. Shakopee and Roseville are both ranked among the state's top 10 teams, Dewall said.
"There was some real good competition there," Dewall said.
Senior Kelly Pechous led Hastings with a seventh-place finish in 15:38.35.
"Kelly ran a real good race," Dewall said. "She was out with the leaders. She ran with the No. 2 girl in the state for a while. She hung on to that group for a while."
Bri Strandberg, a freshman, was eighth overall and finished in 15:41.94.
"She continues to improve every week," Dewall said.
Strandberg's time was her personal best.
Maddy O'Brien took 17th in 16:06.13; Clarese Mancl was 24th in 16:36.30; and Alicia Beattie was 31st in 16:42.84.
Also running varsity was Brittney Huneke, who took 43rd in 17:48.82.
Hastings runs at Brooktree in Owatonna today (Thursday). The course will be the same one Hastings will see in a few weeks at the section meet.
"It's a real good course to work out on before our section meet," Dewall said. "It's a fast course. The kids love to run on that course."
Hastings fielded junior varsity teams at the Red Wing meet, too.
Results for the boys went like this:
Domingo Yandrasits, 42nd, 20:26.03; Christian Weiland, 49th, 20:42.21; Jeremy Sannes-Venhulzen, 50th, 20:48.02; and Peter Dancer, 63rd, 21:00.02.
Results for the girls went like this:
Stephanie Lindgren, 76th, 19:50.98; Emily Hughes, 91st, 20:16.90; Haleigh Miller, 133rd, 23:07.51; Kacie Perkins, 136th, 23.47.27; and Sirada Bunsermvicha, 140th, 24:14.49.