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Cross country: Raiders place second at MEC championships

The Hastings boys cross country team had a fantastic showing at the Metro East Conference championships last week, finishing in second place. Hastings had a total of 76 points in the nine-team meet. Henry Sibley was the champion with 36 points.

St. Thomas Academy was third (95) and South St. Paul was fourth (97).

The Hastings girls placed sixth out of eight teams in their meet.

The top Hastings runner at the conference meet was Kyle Gudmunson. He placed seventh with a time of 17:24.50.

Griffin Myers was ninth in 17:35.70.

Nick Sampson placed 19th overall in 18:07.10.

Also racing varsity were: Mason Minnick, 20th, 18:07.30; Will Briercliffe, 21st, 18:12.0; Eric Howd, 30th, 18:57.80; and Nick Johnson, 33rd, 19:15.90.

On the girls side of the MEC championships, the Raiders were led by Avery Daley. She placed 12th overall in 20:30.90.

Megan Mattson was 15th in 20:51.20 and Julia Mach was 27th in 21:47.10.

Also racing varsity were: Quinn Myers, 33rd, 22:18.80; Cali Bernard, 37th, 22:38.30; and Emily Hovseth, 38th, 22:39.80.


Hastings ran at the Trinity Invitational in Farmington at the Dakota County Fairgrounds on Oct. 8.

The Hastings boys placed third and the girls were sixth.

The boys finished with 70 points. Trinity won the meet with 42 points and Minnehaha Academy was second with 46. There were 12 teams in the meet.

Kyle Gudmunson won the event, finishing first overall with a time of 16:21.3, about 15 seconds ahead of the second-place runner.

Mason Minnick was 15th overall with a time of 17:39.3.

Nick Sampson placed 16th in 17:42.

Will Briercliffe took 18th in 17:52.3.

Eric Howd was 20th overall in 18:05.3.

Nick Johnson (18:08.9) and Noah Meshak (18:21.1) rounded out the varsity lineup. Johnson placed 22nd and Meshak was 27th.


The Hastings girls finished sixth out of 11 teams at the Trinity Invitational.

Trinity won the meet with just 29 points. Minnehaha Academy was second, followed by Southwest Christian, Cannon Falls and Visitation.

The top Hastings runner was seventh-grader Avery Daley, who was ninth overall in 20:04.5. Cali Bernard, an eighth-grader, was 32nd overall in 21:17.1.

Sophomore Julia Mach took 33rd in 21:17.8.

Ciara Christensen finished 35th in 21:25.8. She is a senior.

Freshman Megan Mattson was 36th in 21:28.3.

Quinn Myers (a senior) was 38th in 21:38.0 and junior Emily Hovseth was 42nd in 22:10.8.