New Prague girls 1st, boys 2nd in home CC invitational

New Prague's girls and boys cross country teams both ran well at last week's New Prague Invitational, held Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Next up for the Trojans is the Missota Conference Championships, Thursday, Oct. 14 at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. In the girls race, defending champion Prior Lake is the favorite, with New Prague, Red Wing and Northfield expected to challenge. Northfield is the heavy favorite in the boys race. All seven other teams will be close together with traditional powers Red Wing, Prior Lake and Hutchinson rebuilding this year. New Prague hopes to move up from its eighth place finish a year ago.

Girls place first

The girls had all six varsity runners place in the top ten, led by junior Ellie Stasney, who earned medallist honors in a time of 16 minutes, 15 seconds. Katelyn Meger finished strong, passing two runners over the final 200 meters to place third. Eighth grader Jenny Hendricks continues to contribute to the team's performance with a fifth place finish, while Megan Wagner took sixth, Annie Connelly eighth and Amanda Wagner 10th.

New Prague had 22 points, easily outdistancing second place Montgomery-Lonsdale, which had 82. Belle Plaine was third (84), followed by Jordan (107), Farmington (111), Norwood Young America (125) and Sibley East, St. Peter and Cannon Falls (inc.).

Boys look strong

The Trojan boys had a strong team showing, to take second place at the race. They were led by eighth grader Preston Tomlinson, who was seventh in 18:36, while senior Brad Schmitz finished 10th, in 18:46. Drew Revak was 18th (19:09), Matt Perkinson 20th (19:16), Steven Solheid 26th (19:44), Todd Reed 28th (19:50).

Farmington won the meet with 52 points, followed by the Trojans (81), St. Peter (113), Montgomery-Lonsdale (118), Norwood Young America (128), Jordan (134), Sibley East (135), Cannon Falls (168) and Belle Plaine (170).

JV races

New Prague did well in the JV race. Veronica Kneeland won the JV girls race, Holly Oak finished second and Danielle Kes was third.

The JV boys placed four runners in the top ten, with Nick Mahowald, Matt Revak, Cody Lines and Steven Zweber placing 2nd, 5th, 9th and 10th.

Middle School

In the boys middle school race, Alex Dittberner led the Trojans with a 10th place finish. Tate Murchison and Jacob Hinderman were next for New Prague, in 13th and 16th place respectively.

The girls had five runners place in the top 10 in their race, with Natalie Rutt taking second, Ali Becker third, Charlie Herrmann fifth, Alex Perkinson sixth and Brooke Bartelt eighth.

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