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Cross country: Raider boys place fourth at Hudson meet

Mason Minnick leads a pack of runners around a corner at a meet in Hudson last week. (Rivertown Multimedia photo by Bob Burrows) 1 / 2
Megan Mattson is pictured competing for Hastings. (Rivertown Multimedia photo by Bob Burrows)2 / 2

The Hastings boys cross country team had a strong showing last week at the Hudson Invitational in Hudson, Wisconsin. The Raiders placed fourth out of 13 teams in the meet.

“The boys were real strong, all the way across the board,” coach John Dewall said. “It was pretty solid, pretty consistent. The times were close together, but there’s still a lot of work to be done for the guys.”

Hastings was led by senior Kyle Gudmunson, who was sixth overall with a time of 17 minutes and 19.6 seconds.

“He ran up there with the leaders throughout most of the race,” Dewall said. “He just got nudged out at the end.”

The meet was won by Max Ball, a sophomore from Hudson. He had a time of 16:40.5.

Griffin Myers was the second Hastings finisher, taking 13th overall in 17:50.7. He is a sophomore.

“Griffin is running really strong, too,” Dewall said.

Senior Mason Minnick was 23rd overall in 18:15.9. Nick Sampson, a junior, was 34th in 18:36.8 and rounding out the scoring for the Raiders was Sam Shepherd, who took 38th in 18:41.2. Sampson and Shepherd are juniors.

Freshman Eric Howd had a strong performance, too, placing 42nd in 18:52.2.

Nick Johnson, a senior, was 62nd overall in 19:55.7.

The boys race was won by Hudson, which finished with 34 points. Farmington was second with 98 and Menomonie, Wisconsin, was third with 105. Hastings had 114 points.

Girls

The Hastings girls were eighth out of 10 teams. The Raiders had 204 points. Farmington won the girls meet with 43 points and Mahtomedi was second with 53.

Freshman Megan Mattson led Hastings with a 16th-place finish in 21:30.2.

“That’s the strongest I’ve ever seen her run,” Dewall said. “She just took charge. She was really snappy throughout the whole race. She just had a stellar performance.”

Quinn Myers, a senior, was 43rd in 23:33.4.

Also racing varsity were: Ciara Christensen, 45th, 23:42.4; Megan Myers, 47th, 24:12.8; Kaitlyn Walderon, 53rd, 24:38.2; Alexis Edmundson, 55th, 24:43.5; and Hannah Siebenaler, 57th, 25:01.3.

The gap between Hastings’ top runner and the rest of the pack is something the Raiders have to work on, Dewall said.

“We can’t have too many gaps between our first and second girls,” he said. “We’ve got some work to do.”

Junior varsity

The Hastings girls junior varsity team was led by Emily Hovseth, who finished 21st in 24:03.6.

Also racing were: Sophia Ericsson, 36th, 24:48.3; Kira Welshons, 41st, 25:11; Elise Morris, 56th, 26:56.6; Ellie Bauer, 60th, 27:14.3 Cici Carlson, 62nd, 27:37.8; and Savannah Henderson, 63rd, 28:16.3.

For the boys, the Raiders were led by Brandon Haraldson, who was ninth in 19:44.7.

Also racing were: Levi O’Tool, 13th, 19:54.1; Noah Meshak, 21st, 20:15.2; Dane Long, 31st, 20:39.8; Austin Weeks, 42nd, 21:16.5; Dylan McCarville, 63rd, 22:09.4; Victor Lindgren, 68th, 22:19.1.

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