Runners hit the trails for Maple Lake Invitational

The Mound Westonka boys and girls cross country team competed in the Maple Lake Invitational meet on Sept. 1 in Maple Lake.

Due to injury, the boys varsity team did not field a full team. However, because the course was fast, individually the White Hawks achieved a few personal bests.

Running neck and neck into the finish, junior Charlie Reinhardt and sophomore Alec VanGelder finished in the top three, breaking the 17-minute barrier. Reinhardt ran 16:55.9 and VanGelder 16:56.4 for second and third place, earning them career bests and inclusion to a small group of high school runners that run in the 16s.

The varsity girls team placed mid-pack led by seniors Amy Howarth and Abby Wharram. Howarth and Wharram placed 28th and 29th with 5km times of 22:48 and 22:49 respectively.

Both JV teams performed decent, but will need to improve as the schedule continues to get harder.

The junior high runners in the girls and boys division took home some major hardware.

Rookie runner and seventh grader Laura Sunnarborg came in first place in the 1.5 mile race almost 40 seconds in front of the runner-up. Teammate, seventh grader Jordyn LaRue also had a top 10 finish, placing sixth with a time of 10:32.

On the junior high boys side, the White Hawks dominated placing four runners in the top 10.

Eighth grader Lance Nemecek took first place with a time of 8:48. This is Nemecek’s second win out of two races this season. Eighth graders Beckett James, Owen Paul and Drew Hunter came in fifth, seventh and eighth place, rounding out the top 10.

Next up for the White Hawks is the Lions Invitational meet on Sept. 12 at Baylor Park in Norwood Young America.