The Big Lake Hornet cross-country teams raced in the Foley Invitational last Thursday afternoon at the Stone Creek Golf Course.
The Hornets had to wait out a rainstorm that blew through the course just as teams arrived. Though conditions were not favorable to fast times, the team continued to develop and had some good scores.
“The course had some definite wet spots during our races, but that didn’t seem to slow us down too much,” said Hornet Head Coach Todd Trutna. “We have fought through some tough training sessions in the last two weeks and the runners are starting to see the fruits of the labors on race day.”
Due to the weather, the JV and varsity races were held together and separate JV team scores were not kept.
Gavin Flavin and Alton Ahamed were towards the front of the middle school race and finished third and fourth overall individually, helping the team finish third overall. Brynn Scheer and Paiton Ganley again led the Hornet girls and continue to show improvement each race.
In the combined boys varsity/JV race, the Hornets — currently ranked #2 in the state class AA — won another team title. Owen Layton, currently the 15th ranked individual in the state class AA, won the meet and was followed by Christian Noble in second. Christian is ranked 11th in the same poll. Kade Layton finished third overall.
“Our top three have done an outstanding job all year,” said Trutna. “I am excited about the improvement from our other four varsity runners. Jack Leuer continues to edge closer to our top three and Tanon Jacobson and David Guyse are really starting to come into their own.”
Spencer Vold is coming back from an injury and he rounded our Big Lake’s top seven runners. Luke Hugo, Carter Erickson, and Matthew Denzen were the top JV runners.
In the combined girls varsity race, Emilee Doperalski was the top finisher, coming in at 34th place. Campbell Slattery and Erin Kjellberg were the next two across the line and were followed by Grace Heider, Sophia Tienter, Rylie Ostrom, and Nicole Rempel.
“The girls had a tough workout this week, and all the coaches were happy to see how well they ran on tired legs,” said Trutna. “This team has shown a lot of improvement over the season, and I am excited to see that continue in the last few meets.”