Irish runners bounce back well at ‘Mega Meet’


Running alongside 23 other teams, the Maple Lake Irish cross country team maneuvered their way to the top in the Pierz Invitational Monday, Sept. 16. 
After repeatedly racing the Pierz course, it has become one of the most liked courses for many runners. Many have great races and many personal records. During the girls varsity race, Maple Lake went out strong and stayed with the front pack. Out of 105 places, Halle Geyen took sixth, receiving a medal with a time of 15:58. Also receiving a medal was Sommer Carlson, taking 10th with a time of 16:21. Finishing 22nd was Blair Stewig getting a new PR with a time of 17:00 flat. 
“I shaved off four seconds, but no matter how little or much time you get faster, it always makes you feel like you’ve accomplished a lot,” said Stewig. Coming across the finish line in 33rd was Kayla Hoistad with a time of 17:25. Coming in together very closely were Jessie Wohlrabe in 17:56.3 in 51st and three-tenths of a second later came Jordan Sifferle in 52nd. Also, another three-tenths of a second later in 53rd came Katelyn Kramer with a time of 17:56.9. The girls had a team score of 122 and, as a team, placed fifth.
Running against some big competition and alongside many opponents, the Irish boys stood on the line awaiting the gun. Seconds later, the boys were off in a huge herd. Racing hard and strong, the guys focused on their race and weaved through the pack, gradually passing other runners. 
Devin Deringer led the team across the finish line first placing 39th with a time of 18:30. Not far behind came Jackson Willard with a time of 18:45 taking 52nd.  Placing 60th, Andrew Schonessen finished with a time of 19:05. Two guys behind Schonessen, Ross Hickey finished 62nd with a time of 19:06. Next came Cullen Gallagher in 65th with a time of 19:09. Finishing in 19:11 in 66th was Scott Jordan and following him was Adam Ruhland in 76th, with a time of 19:21. Together the Irish took 13th with a combined team score of 278.
Finishing in the top 10 on JV was Sullivan Graham, completing his race in 19:16. The top girl for the Irish JV team was Skyler Manka, missing the top 15 by one, taking 16th with a time of 18:32.
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