Tessa McMahon shows her form in the rain at the earlier Chatfield Invitational, known as “The Shoe.”
Tessa McMahon shows her form in the rain at the earlier Chatfield Invitational, known as “The Shoe.” CHRISTINE VREEMAN/CHATFIELD NEWS

For its final regular season meet of the season, the Chatfield cross-country team traveled to the Meadow Greens Golf Course in Austin.  By the end of the race it sounds like it was “muddy brown” golf course! 

“This meet kind of took on a different feel because of threatening storms,” said head coach Chris Frye.   “It forced all the races, varsity, JV, junior high, boys and girls, to be combined into one big race. And that race was run in steady rain on a very soggy course. 

“I was happy with the way the kids competed in those conditions. This was our last meet before conference, and overall I think we saw continued progress. I think we are ready to give it our all at conference and section.”

The Three Rivers Conference meet was set for Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Wabasha.  The section meet is Thursday, Oct. 26, in Rochester at Northern Hills Golf Course.

In Austin, the girls finished seventh of eight teams with 148 points.  Stewartville, which has emerged as the section favorite, won the meet with 40 points.  Lake City (65) was second, Winona (82) third, followed by Austin (108), Albert Lea (123), Austin Pacelli (146), Chatfield, and GMLOS (227).  Top finisher for the Chatfield girls was Tessa McMahon (21st, 21:37.3), followed by Isabelle Berg (30th, 22:02.3), Beatrice Martin (32, 22:28.9), Abbi Gillespie (38th, 23:12.7), Katelyn Dornack (39th, 23:14.6), Kaylee Maker (40th, 23:26.8) and Karla Gomez (53rd, 24:30.0). 

The Chatfield varsity boys team finished fifth of eight teams with 159 points.  Winona won the meet with 35 points.  Winona was followed by Austin (53), Albert Lea (56), Lake City (103), Chatfield, Stewartville (172), GMLOS (216) and Austin Pacelli (225).  Top Chatfield boy was Dillon Nolan (34th, 19:03.2).  Brady Woltz (35th, 19:06.3) was second for the Gophers, followed by Alex Wright (42nd, 19:37.2), Cody Guenther (43rd, 19:37.9), Cooper Frederick (45th, 19:38.6), Bennett Gathje (48th, 19:44.9) and Treyton Lanning (58th, 19:57.7). 

In the JV girls race, Chatfield finished third of four.  Top JV runner for Chatfield was Joanna Salerno (ninth, 24:33.4).  Next, in order, were Stephanie Bradt (14th, 25:04.9), Claire Springer (17th, 25:19.1), Savannah Thompson (20th, 26:04.0), Yarley Arellano (24th, 26:21.1), Ann Warren (26th, 26:34.2), Ashlee Maker (27th, 26:38.1), Elizabeth Schieffelbein (31:06.4) and Aryn Daniels (34:12.8).

The JV boys were fifth of seven teams.  Crossing the finish line first for Chatfield’s JV was Josh Walsh (27th, 20:21.5).  He was followed by Evan Wright (33rd, 20:58.9), Issac Miron (40th, 21:14.5), Braden Thompson (49th, 21:30.9), Nolan Salerno (56th, 22:13.5), Joey Steien (62nd, 22:31.5), Ben Muller (71st, 23:03.6), Samuel Miron (23:09.3), Gabe Erding (24:40.4), Coltan Guenther (25:39.4), Konnor Kivimagi (26:06.3) and Brennan Hill (29:16.6). 

This might have been the first 5,000-meter race for some of the younger runners.  They were likely elated when finishing the longer race, which was also in a steady downpour.