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Gudmunson comes within three places of making state cross country meet

For the first time in several years, Hastings will not have a representative at the state cross country meet. 

That said, the Raiders were close to getting one boy in – Kyle Gudmunson. He finished 15th at the Section 1AA meet on Thursday in Owatonna, just three spots away from qualifying for the state meet.

Gudmunson had a time of 16 minutes and 52.8 seconds on the 5K course.

“He worked hard and was in the game,” coach John Dewall said. “It was just a matter of a couple places.”

The top runner for the girls was Abberly Smith, who was 40th.

Not being at the state meet leaves the Hastings coaches without plans this weekend, something they’re not used to.

“It’ll be a little weird not being at the state meet,” Dewall said. “We have to get fired up and do some more hard work throughout the offseason.

“We’ve been here before. It’s just time to reload. We’d like to get both of our teams there.”

As a team, the Hastings boys placed 12th out of 16 teams.

“I thought we could have potentially placed higher than we did in the section meet,” Dewall said, “but there’s a lot of tough competition from those southern schools.”

Here are the rest of the results for the Hastings varsity boys.

Will Caturia, 45th, 17;30.6; Mike Tappella, 52nd, 17:35.9; Bobby Verchota, 64th, 17:45.2; Nick Johnson, 96th, 18:44.8; Griffin Myers, 99th, 18:49.4; Jonathon Vouk, 105th, 19:20.7.

Seniors on varsity included Tappella, Caturia and Myers.

“They raced really, really strong all year,” Dewall said. “We’re going to miss those guys.”

Hastings will get Gudmunson back, but the Raiders will need to replace that steady group of seniors.

“That second tier of guys on our team, they’re going to have to step it up and score points for us big time,” Dewall said. “They’ll have to make a big leap to fill in. It’s going to require a lot of work from those guys over the next year.”

Girls varsity

The Hastings girls varsity team placed 14th out of 16 teams with 357 points. Lakeville South won the meet with 70 and Austin was second with 91.

Abberly Smith led the girls with a 40th-place finish on the 4K course in 16 minutes and 22.9 seconds. She is a sophomore.

Quinn Myers was 68th in 17:05.2 and Alexis Edmundson finished 71st in 17:07.0.

Also racing were:

Ciara Christensen, 88th, 17:41.5; Reilly Johnson, 90th, 17:55.5; Megan Myers, 98th, 18:23.3; and Hannah Peterson, 102nd, 19:00.0.

There were no seniors on this year’s roster for the girls.

Christensen and Myers are juniors and Smith is the only sophomore.

“All three of them were great leaders with our middle school kids throughout the year,” Dewall said.

Dewall is optimistic about the future of the program based on those youthful athletes.

“There are a lot of young kids that are going to help feed the program,” he said. “In a year or two, this girls team is going to be really, really solid.”

Junior varsity

The Hastings boys junior varsity team placed ninth out of 16 teams. Rochester Century won the junior varsity boys race.

Mason Minnick led the Raiders with a 38th-place finish in 18:45.6.

Finishers were:

Nick Sampson, 72nd, 19:11.1; Brandon Haraldson, 86th, 17:17.4; Levi O’Tool, 100th, 19:28.5; Finley Myers, 102nd, 19:29.2; Austin Rink, 117th, 19:41.8; Clay Fleck, 174th, 20:15.7; Mike Cherry, 184th, 20:25.4; Dylan McCarville, 259th, 21:38; Tanner Behny, 261st, 21:39.1; Tate Gahnz, 291st, 22:29.1; Dan Eggert, 354th, 24:34.0; Hayden Schutt, 374th, 26:15.1.

The Hastings girls junior varsity team placed 14th out of 14 teams.

Finishers were:

Kira Welshons, 97th, 18:43.4; Megan Mattson, 99th, 18:46.3; Libby Judge, 123rd, 19:06.7; Cici Carlson, 138th, 19:28.1; Savannah Henderson, 162nd, 20:00.4; Kaitlyn Walderon, 174th, 20:06.9.