L/FC runners challenged by hills, mud at St. Charles

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/NEWS LEADER Quinton Tripp ran his season best at the St. Charles invitational.
S. Lee Epps

Sophomore Brielle Ruen and freshman Adeline Miner again were the first two Lanesboro/Fillmore Central girls across the finish line, and again sophomores Carson Ruen and Riley Serfling had the top two times for the L/FC cross-country boys. 

The boys placed seventh among 12 teams while the girls finished sixth in a field of eight at the Sept. 26 St. Charles Invitational.

"The St. Charles course was a little more hilly than we'd seen yet this season," said veteran coach Ellen Cullen. "And there were places on the course that were quite muddy. The weather was beautiful for the race though." 

Varsity girls

Ruen was timed at 21 minutes, 59.9 seconds while coming in ninth. Miner was also among the top fourth of the field with a time of 23:41.0.

Also among the top half of the field of 123 girls were eighth grader Lauren Brogle (24:37.0), Kelly Ristau (24:38.2), Alida Berg (24:41.5) and Morgan Pickett (25:03.1). Finishing the team score was Nora Rein.

A dozen L/FC girls were on the 5K course, including Macayla Brogle, Mai Gjere, Emily Mason, Grace Dowling and Sophie Pieper.

Varsity boys

Carson Ruen (18:38.8) placed 15th and Serfling ((19:13.5) 21st among 121 varsity boys.

Eighth grader Isaac Snyder came across at 21:04.0 and was closely followed by sophomore teammate Kaleb Arndt (21:05.8). Completing the team count were Qwinton Tripp, William Hoeltzle and Nicholas Weist.

L/FC had 10 boys competing, including Ben Erickson, Tate Pieper and Josh Burmeister.

Lucas O'Hare of Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson continued his string of individual titles (17:23.9)

Junior high

Here were four L/FC boys and four girls running the two-mile junior high course. Tori Raaen was fourth among 35 girls while Grant Horihan was the first L/FC boy to cross the finish line.

This week and next

The local runners are back in action today (Thursday, Oct. 3) at Rushford-Peterson before the Tuesday, Oct. 8, competition at Plainview-Elgin-Millville.

Varsity boys

1. LA/RP, 2. La Crescent-Hokah, 3. St. Charles, 4. Chatfield, 5. Stewartville, 6. P-E-M, 7. L/FC, 8. Dover-Eyota, 9. Lake City, 10. GMLOS, 11. Kingsland, 12. Schaeffer Academy

Varsity girls

1. Stewartville, 2. P-E-M, 3. Chatfield, 4. La Crescent-Hokah, 5.Century, 6. L/FC, 7. GMLOS, 8. Lake City