Chatfield runners have ‘good first meet’ at Stewartville

Treyton Lanning leads a trio of Chatfield runners at the Stewartville Invitational Saturday. Lanning, an eighth grader, was the first runner in for the Gophers as he placed 24th overall out of 117 finishers. Behind him is Brady Woltz. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/CHATFIELD NEWS
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“It was a good first meet,” said coach Chris Frye about the season opener for the Chatfield cross-country team.

The Gophers competed at the large Stewartville Invitational Thursday, Aug. 30. The Chatfield girls were fifth, moving up from sixth last year, and the boys moved up from 10th to seventh. 

“We were focusing on trying to run together as a pack, hoping that would pull everyone along together,” said Frye. “We wanted to keep our spread between our first and fifth runners tight, and for the most part we did that. The spread for the girls was only a minute and 12 seconds, which is great, while it was only 33 seconds for the boys.” 

Top finisher for the girls was Beatrice Martin, 22nd overall with a time of 22:58.3.  Second for the Lady Gophers was Aletta Strande, right behind Martin in 23rd and a time of 22:59.0.  Here are the rest of the Chatfield varsity runners: Abbi Gillespie (34th, 23:32), Katelyn Dornack (35th, 23:38.2), Isabelle Berg (43rd, 24:10.6), Kaylee Maker (62nd, 25:59.1) and Yarley Arellano (70th, 26:43.6).  Place finishes are their overall finish, not how the girls scored in the meet.

The Chatfield girls were fifth as a team with 143 points.  Cotter (33 points) won the meet, Rochester Area Home School was second and Stewartville was third.  Thirteen teams entered the Bill Glomski Classic at Bear Cave Park.  Grace Ping (18:03.7), Cotter, was the individual winner of the varsity race. Younger sister Lauren was second at 18:22.8. Ninety-six girls finished the varsity race.

For the boys, Treyton Lanning was the top finisher for the Gophers, 24th overall, coming in with a time of 19:17.0.  Cody Guenther (29th, 19:24.6) was second to cross for the Chatfield team. They were followed by Alex Wright (39th, 19:48.8), Evan Wright (41st, 19:49.7), Brady Woltz (43rd, 19:50.7) and Braden Thompson (65th, 21:16.0). 

As a team, Chatfield was seventh (171) out of 17 teams. Top three teams were Jordan (66), Pine Island (108) and La Crescent (114). A total of 117 runners completed the varsity race.

Both varsity teams ran a full 5K, or 5,000 meters, race.

Junior high

Chatfield girls finished third as a team, behind RAHS and Byron. The race was 1.6 kilometers, 0.99 miles.  Chatfield runners: Isabelle Carr (23rd, 7:04.8), Eliana Ruskell (24th, 7:07.8), Lillian Hanson (31st, 7:15.2),  Miriana Miron (46th, 7:44.9) and Elizabeth Schieffelbein (61st, 8:35.4).

For the boys, the Gophers finished ninth of 11 teams. Chatfield runners: Lynn Borgen (17th, 6:05.8), Gabe Erding (21st,  6:08.3), Colton Guenther (31st, 6:23.0), Alec Armstrong (60th, 6:48.6), Bjorn Guzman (95th, 7:41.3) and Kory Aarhus (100th, 7:45.8). 

Junior varsity

The Chatfield JV runners (5K) were all grouped together, boys and girls. Chatfield did not have enough runners in either the boys or girls to qualify as a team. Times for junior varsity runners: Colby Aarhus (37th, 24:36.3), Joey Steien (48th, 25:15.3), Konnor Kivimagi (53rd, 25:50.8), Anna Kivimagi (59th, 26:24.4), Brennan Hill (73rd, 28:21.2) and Ellie Glende (74th, 28:39.2). There were 120 boys and girls in the JV race.

Coach Frye noted that the summer work of the runners made a difference. 

“Individually, it was nice to see the miles put in over summer pay off,” he said. “Eighth-grader Treyton Lanning was the summer mileage leader for the boys, topping 250 miles, and he was our top finisher at Stewartville. For the girls, Katelyn Dornack was our summer mileage leader. She, Bea Martin and Isabelle Berg all topped 250 miles, and Aletta Strande and Abbi Gillespie also put in a lot of miles. It was nice to see them run well at Stewartville.”