Cross-Country: Raiders race in Red Wing, at Dakota County fairgrounds
The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' cross-country teams raced twice in five days this last week as they competed in Red Wing last Friday, Sept. 28, and then at the Dakota County fairgrounds on Tuesday, Oct. 2, for the Trinity Invitational. Both teams took sixth in Red Wing and fifth at the fairgrounds (the boys in a field of 19 teams and the girls against 15).
Senior Eric Howd was the top runner for the Raider boys in Red Wing as he took fifth with a time of 16 minutes, 37.79 seconds. Next behind him was sophomore Nolan Myers in 37th (18:40.51), junior Luke Harris placed 41st in 18:43.25 and sophomore Evan McGinnis took 50th (18:56.44). Freshman Alexander Smith was not far behind McGinnis in 52nd with a time of 19:00.46 and the two pushers were senior Joshua Wilson, who placed 71st in 19:54.31, and sophomore Samuel Rabaey who took 73rd (19:58.40).
Sophomore Linnea Urban was the girls' champion with a time of 19:41.84, 13 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Senior Megan Mattson was 42nd with a time of 22:33.31, eighth-grader Molly Caturia finished 47th in 23:05.02 and senior Abby Siebenaler was 58th (23:57.01). Sophomore Brooke Erickson took 64th with a time of 24:26.95 and the two non-scoring runners were junior BriAnna Amundson, who placed 69th in 25:58.83, and freshman Olivia Mattson who finished 70th with a time of 25:59.63.
The Hastings boys had all four of their scorers finish in the top-50 at the Dakota County fairgrounds in a field of over 300 runners. Howd finished second behind Mickies Kiros of St. Paul Central with a time of 16:39, two seconds head of the third-place finisher. Myers was 17th with a time of 17:40, Smith was 37th in 18:27 and McGinnis finished 45th (18:40). Harris took 50th with a time of 18:45, junior Alex Keller finished 66th in 18:59 and senior Justin Stoffel took 72nd with a time of 19:12.
Senior Austin Weeks placed 83rd (19:32), sophomore Tyler Johnson was 88th (19:42) and fellow sophomore Carter Pechacek finished 102nd in 19:52. Freshman Thomas Siebenaler took 116th with a time of 20:04, Wilson was 128th with a time of 20:23 and freshman Nicholas Kohn placed 175th (21:30). Sophomore Caleb Long took 182 with a time of 21:48, freshman Jackson Ashenbrenner was 205th in 22:30 and Rabaey placed 207th (22:32). Freshman Brett Halverson took 252nd with a time of 24:18, junior Milton Lindgren (24:44) and freshman Craig Hartman (24:45) finished back-to-back in 263rd and 264th respectively and junior Evan Scully placed 268th (24:50). Freshmen Obbe Haveman (25:43) and Everett Swartz (26:43) were 274th and 285th.
The girls also had their four scorers also place in the top-50, as well as their fifth runner. Urban took second with a time of 19:27, just four seconds behind the winner Mariah Fenske from Farmington. Megan Mattson took 29th with a time of 22:22, Caturia was 40th in 22:49 and Siebenaler (23:24) and freshman Autumn Adricula (23:28) were back-to-back in 49th and 50th. Erickson took 66th with a time of 24:10, Olivia Mattson was 100th in 25:46 and Amundson placed 122nd (27:03).
The Raiders next race on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Simley and then in the Metro East Conference Championships held at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Sections are in Owatonna on Oct. 25 at Brooktree Golf Course.