Cross-country runners start with impressive times

S. Lee Epps

Three cross-country runners posted better times than last year as Lanesboro/Fillmore Central opened the 2019 campaign at the Bill Glomski Invitational at Bear Cave Park in Stewartville on Aug. 29. The L/FC girls finished eighth among 16 teams while the boys were 13th among 20 teams.

It was a warm 82-degree afternoon, tempered by brisk breezes that made it feel cooler. It was primarily a flat course with a couple of small hills. It was a mostly open area with a few runs through wooded areas.

The boys

Newcomer Carson Ruen was the first Burro boy across the finish line (19 minutes, 15.4 seconds). The promising sophomore was 18th among a large field of 208 varsity boys.

Next across was classmate Riley Serfling (20.26.6), followed in order by eighth grader Isaac Snyder (21:37.3) and two more sophomores — Kaleb Arndt (22:23.1) and Tate Pieper (22:29.9) — all in the top half of the field.

Arndt and Snyder both bettered their best 5,000-meter times of last year. Snyder improved his time by more than a minute.

"That was exciting to have happen in the first race," said coach Ellen Cullen.

The top seven finishers contribute the varsity team score with the rest counting as junior varsity.

Junior Jared Peterson (24:35.1) and sophomore Ben Erickson (24:43.6) completed the L/FC varsity total. Three others were JV.

La Crescent-Hokah won the varsity team title while Symon Keiser of Jordan was the individual champ at 17:36.2.

In the 1,600-meter junior high race, L/FC eighth grader Qwinton Tripp (6:23.3) ran 13th out of 105 runners.

The girls

Sophomore Brielle Ruen (23:58.9) ran 31st and freshman Adeline Miner (24:12.2) 36th among 150 girls on the 5,000M course.

Sophomore newcomer Morgan Pickett (24:36.2) was next, followed by junior Kelly Ristau (25:28.5), who beat her best time from a year ago.

Senior newcomer Alida Berg (26:21.9), senior Nora Rein (27:07.7) and sophomore newcomer Macayla Brogle (27:49.6) completed the team total. Four other girls were listed with junior varsity times.

Jordan took the varsity girls team championship while Kailee Malone of Stewartville was the individual winner (20:40.3).

In junior high, Lauren Brogle (7:07.8) was 16th and Tori Raaen 18th for L/FC among 81 girls on the 1,600M course.

This week and next

The scheduled Sept. 26 season opener at Wabasha-Kellogg was canceled. Next for L/FC is next week — a Tuesday, Sept. 10, competition at Dover-Eyota.