Cross Country teams compete at Litchfield


Thursday, Oct. 5, was a busy night for Irish runners who invited members of the elementary community education program Run Like the Wind to compete in a race of their own at Litchfield. Above, Kass Fynboth, left, and Kurt Raymond race to the finish. “It was fun to have the elementary runners accompany us and run a race of their own. It brought energy to the evening to say the least,” coach Ben Youngs said. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Ava Mergen rounds a flag during last week’s cross country meet in Litchfield. Mergen finished 46th out of more than 100 runners in a time of 21:28. (Photos by Chris Fobbe )

Sophie Pribyl led the girls’ cross country team to a sixth place finish at a 15-team Litchfield meet, Thursday, Oct. 5, with a medal-winning time of 20:07.
Pribyl’s time, which earned her 12th overall, moved her to fourth all-time for Maple Lake High School, coach Ben Youngs said.
Gus Demarais ran a season best to finish 15th in 20:11 on a soggy course at the Litchfield Golf Club; Ava Mergen finished 46th in 21:28; Mary Miller was 51st in 21:39; Grace Praska ran a personal best to finish 54th in 21:41.171; Grace Heying ran a eason best 21:41.261 for 55th place and Margaret Graham fi-ished 107th in 23:54. There were a total of 112 runners.
“The team, as a whole, ran well,” Youngs said. “We are dropping times at the end, which is what we want to do. However, section foes Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Annandale finished well ahead of us, so we have some work to do to catch them if we want to qualify for state as a team,”
Waconia won Thursday’s meet with a score of 82. Annandale was second with 90 and HL-W-W was third with 91 points. Maple Lake had 173 points.
On the boys’ side, Michael Miller finish 13th to earn a medal with a time of 17:13. He led the Irish runners to a 14th place team finish out of 19 competing.
Ben Smail bettered his best time moving to 12th all time for a 5K with a time of 18:05 for 45th place, Thursday. Jacob Fynboh, Tristan Aasen and Marcos Gandara, also ran personal bests, finishing 100th in 19:15, 116th in 19:59 and 118th in 20:04, respectively.
"Quinn Youngs was close, but the effects of the TC10 from Sunday probably affected his legs enough to keep him from getting it," Youngs said. He finished 119th in 20:12.
The teams were scheduled to run at Kimball on Monday, Oct. 9, but were going to use the meet as a practice and not a race in preparation for the Central Minnesota Conference meet the following week.

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