|9/18/2020 10:45:00 AM|
Both Chisago Lakes and North Branch still adjusting varsity rosters
In their first triangular together after Chisago Lakes beat North Branch straight up two weeks ago, the Wildcats again finished ahead of NB, but the Bluejackets of Cambridge-Isanti out-paced both of them.
In the boys half of the tri, Cambridge-Isanti had seven of the top eight finishers. Only freshman Henry Johnson of Chisago Lakes broke up their clean sweep by finishing in third place. His time of 17:48.9 was just seven seconds behind C-I’s senior Owen Jarvela.
After that eight place finish from C-I, five Wildcats flooded through the finish, with Luke Velaski, Hayden Trupe, Alexander Bear, Elias Hallan and Dan Istvanovich crossing.
North Branch got their first finisher across in 14th place. Junior Zach Johnson finished in 19:56.8 Eventually, Lucas Edson, Jarrett Nelson, Paul Boelk, Alex Dick and Justin Kormedy finished in order for the Vikings.
The Jackets finished with 18 points in first place, Chisago Lakes had 45 in second place and North Branch finished with 84.
On the girls’ side of the race, the Wildcats had more of a fight with Cambridge-Isanti, but the hosts still came out on top. Lainey Hallan, a freshman, was the top finisher for CL in third place with a time of 21:43.4.
Sophomore Maya Aadland came in fourth place with a time of 22:02.3.
North Branch’s top finisher was Dakota Esget, an eighth grader in her first year of cross country. She finished in 25:16.7. Cora Hudella, who normally leads NB’s varsity, was feeling under the weather and didn’t have her best race.
Cambridge-Isanti finished with 21 points, CL had 34 and North Branch had an incomplete varsity roster.
“The kids ran really well at Cambridge. It was the first time they ran at Cambridge and really liked the course,” NB Head Coach Norm Nagel said.
“They don't complain about the workouts and they are all willing to put in the work to be better athletes. The puzzle is getting more clear for who is going to get the varsity spots for the upcoming conference meet. If the weather holds, I see good things happening in the next four weeks.”