BY SARAH REINHARDT
FOR THE LAKER
The Mound Westonka boys and girls Cross Country team finished off their summer training with a two day trip to St. Cloud. At the tail end of this training trip the team officially began the 2017 cross country season with great start at the Carlyle Sherstad Memorial Invitational in Grantsburg, Wisconsin on Aug. 24.
Head Coach Butch Humbert commented that it will likely be the toughest course the team would run on all season. Despite the demanding course, the boys team took first place overall placing three runners in the top five. Junior Charlie Reinhardt lead the pack coming in first place with a 5k time of 18:58. His teammate, Sophomore Alec Van Gelder, was a close second with a time of 19:04. Senior Brandon Ung took fifth place with a time of 20:06. Also contributing points for the team were senior Reed Kohls and junior Kade Retterath.
The girls team also had a fantastic showing, taking third place out of a field of 10 teams. Leading the White Hawk ladies was senior Abby Wharram in 12th place with a time of 26:14. Sophomore Sarah Malchow was close behind in 14th place with a time of 26:32. Rounding out the girls roster were seniors Amy Howarth and Audrey Woychick, junior Liza Rice and 9th grader Jenna Brustad.
The White Hawk middle school boys individually placed three runners in the top 10. Winning the 2.5km boys race was eighth grader Lance Nemecek with a time of 10:00. Eighth graders Owen Paul and Drew Hunter came in third and seventh place respectively.
The White Hawks have home course advantage this year, having three meets at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista. The cross country course at Gale Woods Farm is one of the finest courses in the area to race and the White Hawks are lucky to call it home. MWHS hosts the Grasshopper meet on Sept. 19, the Wright Country Conference meet on Oct. 17 and the Section 2AA meet on October 26. Next up for the White Hawks is the Gerry Smith Invitational meet in Montgomery, MN on Sept. 7.