Raiders almost win Hudson cross country meet
The Hastings girls cross country team came within two points of winning the annual Hudson Raider Invitational last Tuesday.
Hudson squeaked out a win with 63 points. Hastings had 65.
"It was an excellent performance from the girls," coach John Dewall said.
Hastings didn't have a single senior in its varsity lineup. The team was led by sophomore Michaela Mills, who finished the race in 16 minutes, 46 seconds. Mills finished seventh in the race.
On her heels was Kiki Radke, an eighth-grader, who finished 10th in 16:59.8.
Bri Strandberg, a junior, was 11th in 17:08.1.
Helen Jensen was 16th in 17:38.7. She is an eighth-grader.
Sophomore Kate Curtis was the final scoring runner, earning 21st place in 17:51.1. Her finish was big, since Kailee Harrington was out sick.
"Kate just rocked," Dewall said. "We're really, really excited with her going like that now. Now she knows she can be right in there. It was really exciting to see Kate finish like that."
Abberly Smith, a seventh-grader, placed 35th in 18:52.4 and Makaila England, a sophomore, took 43rd in 19:45.9.
There were eight teams in the meet.
The boys ran in the meet, too, and placed in the middle of the pack.
"It was a real, real good team-building meet," Dewall said. "This meet really showed that we are starting to jel as a team. The kids are starting to see some success from all their hard work. We're going to step it up and continue to improve every day, and every meet."
The Hastings boys placed fourth with 102 points.
Forest Lake won the meet with 38. Hudson was second with 43 and Chippewa Falls was third with 93. There were eight teams in the meet.
Sophomore Zack Benning led Hastings with a fourth-place finish, coming in at 17:25.1.
Joe Rabaey was 17th overall in 18:44.9. Colby Smith was 18th in 18:46.0. Jake Spitzack finished 26th with a time of 18:58.9 and Ben Jackson rounded out the scoring, coming in at 19:35.3.
Christian Weiland placed 38th in 19:36.1 and Austin Reuter took 40th in 19:40.1.
The Hastings boys junior varsity team placed third overall with 59 points. Hudson won the meet with 48 points and Forest Lake was second with 59. There were eight junior varsity teams.
Jake Kelly placed third overall with a time of 19:17.5. Also racing for the junior varsity were: Andy Rachuy, seventh, 19:45.1; Brendan McCabe, 12th, 20:08.6; Tim Zappa, 16th, 20:25.9; Jake Rachuy, 21st, 20:36.9; Isaiah Gardell, 29th, 21:06.8; Kyle Stapleton, 47th, 22:15.2.
The junior varsity girls team was led by Rachel Thomas, who placed seventh in 19:17.6. Also finishing were: Nicole Froehling, ninth, 19:30.8; Taylor Engstrom, 11th, 19:40.6; and Savannah Fultz, 19th, 20:08.5;