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Raiders play host to Minnaert invite

Josh Brown is pictured during the Dewey Minnaert Invitational on Thursday at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. (Photo courtesy of Beck Photography)

At Thursday's Dewey Minnaert Invitational hosted by Hastings, it was readily apparent what had to be fixed for the Raiders girls to be competitive. The top Hastings finisher took 33rd. The next Hastings runner came in 44 spots later.

"We definitely need to have some of our other kids pick it up a little bit to help the scoring," coach John Dewall said.

Michaela Mills led Hastings with a 33rd-place finish, finishing the 2.5 mile course in 16 minutes and 57 seconds.

"All of our kids have the ability to run up near Michaela," Dewall said. "We just can't allow two minute gaps between people. We're going to concentrate on having those kids stick with Michaela and run with her as long as they can. We definitely need to clos esome gaps. Two minutes is a long time on a 2.5 mile course."

As a team, the Hastings girls placed 11th out of 12 teams. Hastings beat St. Paul Central. The Raiders finished with 345 points.

East Ridge won the meet with 29 points.

Quinn Myers was 87th in 19:15.

Kailee Harrington placed 91st in 19:33.

Rachel Peterson was 98th in 20:50 and Taylor Engstrom concluded the Hastings scoring with a 99th place finish in 20:52.

Makaila England and Abberly Smith also raced for Hastings.

The overall winner for the girls was Bailey Ness of East Ridge. She had a time of 14:18.


The Hastings boys fared better, finishing eighth out of 11 teams with 190 points. Red Wing won the meet with 53 points.

Zack Benning led the Hastings boys with a second-place finish. He had a time of 16:37 on the three-mile course. Benning and River Falls, Wis., runner Trenton Powell had a battle on the course, with Powell edging Benning by five seconds.

"They ran pretty much together the whole way," Dewall said. "Zack is coming on. We're certainly not peaking at these early meets."

Forrest Close and Will Caturia returned to action at the meet, and both fared well.

Close took 20th in 18:13 and Caturia took 44th in 18:50.

"They finished very respectably," Dewall said. "They kicked us up a bit in the scoring."

Will Briercliffe took 68th in 19:25 and Kyle Gudmunson took 72nd in 19:40.

Also running varsity were Brendan McCabe and Nate Holm.

Hastings competes today (Thursday) at the 22-team Rochester Mayo meet.

"We have a lot of exciting races coming up," Dewall said. "We're looking forward to the whole team doing better and picking up some places."