The 2017 Chatfield High School cross-country award winners are, in front from left, Ashlee Maker, Aletta Strande, Beatrice Martin and Tessa McMahon. In back are Alex Wright, Bennett Gathje, Dillon Nolan, Josh Walsh and Treyton Lanning. 
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The 2017 Chatfield High School cross-country award winners are, in front from left, Ashlee Maker, Aletta Strande, Beatrice Martin and Tessa McMahon. In back are Alex Wright, Bennett Gathje, Dillon Nolan, Josh Walsh and Treyton Lanning. PAM WALSH/CHATFIELD NEWS

Sophomore Beatrice Martin and senior Bennett Gathje received Most Valuable honors at last week’s cross-country awards banquet as the team wrapped up its 2017 season.

Seventh-graders Aletta Strande and Treyton Lanning were named the team’s Most Improved runners. Both started the season running junior high and ended up on varsity.

Eighth grader Tessa McMahon and freshman Alex Wright received Top Rookie awards. McMahon led the girls throughout the season and her best time put her third on the team’s Honor Roll of all-time top 10 times. She, along with Beatrice Martin and Abbi Gillespie, also earned All-Conference honors at the conference meet. Wright was a consistent contributor on varsity in his first year out.

Isabelle Berg was honored for leading the team in summer mileage, topping the 250-mile mark for the second year in a row. She and sophomore Brady Woltz and senior Dillon Nolan were named All-Conference Honorable Mention. Ashlee Maker, Bennett Gathje, Dillon Nolan and Josh Walsh were honored for being captains.

Letter winners for the girls were Ashlee Maker, Kaylee Maker, Beatrice Martin, Ann Warren, Isabelle Berg, Stephanie Bradt, Karla Gomez, Joanna Salerno, Yarley Arellano, Katelyn Dornack, Abbi Gillespie, Tessa McMahon and Aletta Strande.

Letter winners for the boys were Bennett Gathje, Isaac Miron, Dillon Nolan, Nolan Salerno, Josh Walsh, Cooper Frederick, Joey Steien, Ben Muller, Brady Woltz, Cody Guenther, Konnor Kivimagi, Braden Thompson, Alex Wright and Evan Wright.

Both teams earned Gold academic awards from the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. To receive a Gold award, a team must have an average GPA of 3.75 or higher for five of its runners on its section roster. The CHS girls team had a GPA average of 3.91, while the boys had an average of 3.89.