October 1, 2009 at 8:53 a.m.
In the interstate Hudson Invitational, the Chisago Lakes girls cross country team continued their impressive season with a fifth place finish out of 10 teams.
Like she has for the most part of the past two years, Chelsea Johnson finished atop the standings for the Wildcats. Her time of 16:07 put her in fifth place overall and really set a torrid pace for the rest of the 'Cats.
Johnson's pace helped push Mary Cross and Kaylee Ryan to 12th and 13th place finishes, respectively. They finished with identical 16:22 times. "Chelsea, Mary and Kaylee are really running very strong right now and are leading the Wildcats."
Kelsey Sorenson and Madi Vukich finished the varsity scoring for the Wildcats. Sorenson crossed the finish line in 17:07 and Vukich came across in 19:05. "The girls had a pretty good day," Orwoll said. "Overall, every one of the girls ran well. It was a difficult course against some very good schools."
As a team, the girls scored 116 points and finished in fifth place, just behind Tartan, who had 109 points.
The guys again had a few bright spots, but the lack of depth really hurts them in big races like this. Eighth grader Andy Magnuson led the 'Cats with an 18:16, good enough for 19th place in the meet. Josh Olinger and Caleb Gieske finished back-to-back in their times, but they were with a big group, so their 19:14 and 19:15 put them in 28th and 31st, respectively.
"Andy ran an aggressive race and did well on the hills," Orwoll said. "Josh and Caleb also ran well for us."
After that trio, the finishes dropped off to Peter Tengwall in 54th place and Riley Myers in 57th place.
As a team, the guys finished in ninth place with a score of 189, but, they were only 20 points out of moving all the way up to fifth place. "If each one of the guys could catch two or three more runners, they could easily make up that difference," Orwoll explained.
Milaca Mega Meet
In the huge meet in the North, the competitors run by grade so they can get a good measurement of how they stack against kids their age.
Some of the highlights were in the younger grades for the Wildcats.
Magnuson won the 7th and 8th grade boys meet with a time of 7:18. In the 10th grade girls meet, Cross finished in third place with a time of 16:31. Sorenson came in 12th place with a 17:24.
In the varsity race, Johnson again showed great running ability while finishing in 7th place overall with a time of 15.25.