September 21, 2018 at 11:33 a.m.
The Wildcat girls team did very well at the Pine City invite, finishing in second place overall.
Leah Dreckman, Christina Brunnette, Maya Aadland, Caroline Aili and Molly Moberg each performed well, giving CL a strong finish.
On the boys side, Will Nelson and Grant Koehler grabbed the top two spots in the CL lineup and were backed up by Dru Ellering, Nolan Erickson and Luke Velaski.
“Pine City was a great meet for pretty much every athlete on our team. Everyone's time dropped from the first meet, and many dropped their times drastically. Many athletes dropped over a minute off their previous time, and some dropped as much as five minutes,” Head Coach Mollie McNally said. “On the girls' varsity our top finishers were Leah Dreckman (22:48), Molly Moberg (22:57), Maya Aadland (23:04), Christina Brunnette (23:06), Caroline Aili (23:48), Anna Johnson (24:16), and Alison Bergerson (25:42), earning a 4th out of 10 finish for the team scores.
On Boys' Varsity our top finishers were Grant Koehler (19:14), Will Nelson (19:31), Dru Ellering (20:16), Luke Velaski (20:34), Nolan Erickson (20:37), Axel Leopold (20:57), and Will Lund (20:59) earning an eighth out of 10 team score. In the JV Boys' race we had seventh grader Henry Johnson chose to run, and he ran incredibly well. He won the Boys' JV race and moved to our top varsity position with a time of 18:54. Additionally, Dan Istvanovich (20:22) moved up to a varsity position for the next meet.”
St. Francis Invite
“The weather at St. Francis was hot and humid which is not ideal conditions for running 3.1 miles, but all of our athletes gave solid performances. Some of our most outstanding performances on the boys' side came from Henry Johnson (seventh grade) who dropped his time to 18:24, Seth Thompson (12th grade) who took nearly a minute off of his Pine City time finishing in 20:38,” McNally said. “As a team, the runners from around our fourth position to our 11th positions are all within a minute of each other which makes for some great inter-team competition.
“The varsity line up has changed every meet and I expect that to continue as they keep challenging each other. On the girls' side, eighth grader Maya Aadland had a great race (22:28) dropping almost 30 seconds off of her previous time, and ninth grader Caroline Aili (23:25) dropped just over 20 seconds.
“Our girls' team runs very close together throughout the race, and they are constantly pushing each other in practice so I'm excited to see them all continue to improve as the season goes on. “
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