Coach pleased with cross-country results as season ends

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Nobody from the Chatfield cross-country team advanced to the state meet this year, so the thinclads are done for the 2018 season.

We had a great meet,” said retiring coach Chris Frye about the Section 1A meet Thursday in Rochester. I think this was our best meet of the year. Nine of our 14 runners ran personal record times or equaled their record. We had a great effort across the board. The boys' team finished four places ahead of last year in the team standings, and the girls slipped only one spot despite missing one of our top five runners due to injury.”

The Chatfield girls finished ninth (233 points) as a team in the section meet at Northern Hills Golf Course.  There were 20 teams in this year’s meet, along with three teams running incomplete (not enough runners to score as a team).  Cotter (72) was the team champion and Lake City (84) was second.  Both teams qualified for the state meet, Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Olaf College, Northfield.

Top runner for the Lady Gophers was Aletta Strande.  Strande was 15th overall and 15th in the team scoring.  She had a time of 20:24.6 for the 5,000 meters.  Strande is only an eighth grader.  Running second for the team was Beatrice Martin (41/40, 22:00.4, junior), Abbi Gillespie (48/46, 22:13.3, freshman) was third, Katelyn Dornack (55/52, 22:31.2, freshman) fourth and Kaylee Maker (83/80, 23:27.6, junior) was fifth.  Rounding out the place-holders were Savannah Thompson (102/98, 24:48.8, eighth grade) and Anna Kivimagi (112/108, 25:29.3, eighth grade).  

Two of the Chatfield girls made the school’s honor roll of all-time top 10 times and a third moved up to just off the list, added coach Frye. Strande, just an eighth grader, ran an amazing race to finish 15th and miss going to state by just three places and seven seconds, he added. The top eight individuals, not on a team advancing to state, qualify for state. Strande's time put her second on the school honor roll, only behind Kayla Woltz. She was just off the list at 11th coming into the season. Gillespie also made the list, at ninth, and Dornack is close at 13.

Grace Ping (Cotter, sophomore, 17:49.9) was the individual winner.  Her eighth grade sister was second at 18:09.8 and Natasha Sortland (eighth grade, 19:05.9) was third. 

Boys finish 11th

The Chatfield boys were 11th (309 points) as a team.  Plainview-Elgin-Millville (53 points) was the team winner and Lake City (82) was second. 

Top runner for the Chatfield guys’ team was eighth grader Treyton Lanning.  Lanning had a time of 18:35.8 for the 5K course and finished 43rd overall, 42nd in team scoring.  Evan Wright (sophomore, 60/59, 19:02, 9) was second, third was Alex Wright (sophomore, 64/63, 19:11.0), fourth for the Gophers was Cooper Frederick (senior, 72/71, 19:21.0) and Brady Woltz (junior, 75/74, 19:28.9) was fifth.  Sixth and seventh runners for Chatfield were Colby Aarhus (104/103, junior, 20:37.0) and Braden Thompson (sophomore, 110/109, 20:49.7). 

Sophomore Luke O’Hare, Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson, 17:01.8, was the individual winner.  He was followed across the finish line by Samson Hagen (PEM, 17:07.7) and Alex Lawrence (Stewartville, 17:08.9). 

I couldn't be happier with the way all the kids competed. You could see the determination on their faces throughout the races. It was a great way to end the season,” concluded coach Frye.