|8/29/2019 1:55:00 PM|
Chisago Lakes girls win Milaca Early Bird varsity invitational
Milaca Early Bird
The Chisago Lakes girls team fought through some unseasonably cold and rainy weather to claim the varsity championship at the Milaca Early Bird Invitational on Monday, August 26.
The Wildcats got high finishes from Maya Aadland, Molly Moberg, Leah Dreckman, Christina Brunnett and Caroline Aili, which paced them to the championship with 66 points, beating second place Mora by 10 points.
Aadland came in eighth place, Moberg in ninth, Dreckman in 14th, Brunnett in 16th and Aili in 20th.
“We might not have a great quantity of runners, but we have amazing quality of runners,” Head Coach Mollie McNally said. “They run together in practice and are constantly pushing each other to improve, even finishing their run in the halls of the school when a thunderstorm cancels practice.
“They’re really dedicated runners and I’m excited to see how their season goes!”
The meet featured many regional teams, including Mora, Little Falls, Big Lake, Foley, Pierz, Hinckley-Finlayson, North Branch, Milaca, Rush City and Braham.
The boys didn’t have as much success, with their top finisher being Henry Johnson in 22nd place. But, McNally explained that Johnson, as well as Grant Koehler, who came in 31st, are recovering from injuries in the spring, and the coaching staff asked them not to push anything too hard.
“They both finished feeling like they could have done much more,” McNally said. “But at this point in the season, I’m less worried about their times and more focused on their conditioning and staying healthy.”
Hayden Trupe topped his personal record from last year, coming in 32nd place, and Ben Paulsen ran his first ever varisty race and finished 45th.
“I’m really happy with how everyone ran and I’m looking forward to seeing how they imprve as the season continues,” McNally said.