FAIRMONT - The Martin County West Mavericks dominated both the boys and girls cross country races to sweep first-place team honors, while Madelia/Truman's Cade Ekstrom defended his individual championship at the I-90 Invite on Thursday at Cedar Creek Park.
The Mavericks' Whitney Smith and Morgan Larson led the girls varsity race from the start, taking home first- and second-place finishes in 15 minutes and 21 seconds and 15:28. Brooke Anderson finished fifth for MCW in 15:52, while Noel Bjerken came in at 16:16 for ninth place.
Rachel Viesselman completed the team score with a 16:48 22nd-place finish.
WINNING EFFORTS — Martin County West’s Whitney Smith (right) runs stride-for-stride with Fairmont’s Katiana Fischer during Thursday’s I-90 cross country invite at Cedar Creek Park in Fairmont. Smith went on to win the girls’ race, while Fischer took sixth. Photo by Leanna Becker
WINNING EFFORT - Madelia/Truman runner Cade Ekstrom motors toward the finish line during the I-90 Invite on Thursday in Fairmont. Ekstrom went on to win the boys’ individual championship. Photo by Leanna Becker
MCW's Anna Carslon finished 48th in 18:16. Emily Bettin finished 56th, while Madyson Larson finished 82nd in 18:48 and 21:19, respectively. Alyssa Meyer and Lacy Werner rounded out the Maverick effort with 92nd and 95th place in 25:06 and 29:40.
"This is the first time ever that we've had both teams win a meet at the same time," said Martin County West head coach Stanetta Svoboda. "We've had the girls win, or the boys, but never both. This really was a great day for us."
The Mavericks completed the sweep with Jonah Mayo and Walter Fuller leading the charge with third- and fourth-place finishes of 16:34 and 16:59, respectively. Dylan Brockman finished eighth for MCW in 17:38.
Chris Kahler and Matt Viesselman finished 13th and 14th in 17:52 and 17:56 to complete the team score.
Nick Holm finished 15th, just behind Kahler and Viesselman in 17:58, while teammate Daniel Smith was not far behind in 18th with a time of 18:08. Brandon Kluver, Michael Casias and Lucas Stoffel added to the Mavericks' effort, finishing in 50th, 69th and 72nd places in times of 19:44, 20:20 and 20:31, respecitively.
Chandler Koehler and Connor Anderson rounded out the MCW effort in 105th and 119th place in times of 22:52 and 25:37, respectively.
"This team is so highly motivated. The boys want to get back to the state meet and improve upon their finish, and the girls want a taste of that meet for themselves. As a coach they make my life easier because I just have to make up the workouts," said Svoboda.
Ekstrom, who is currently ranked No. 11 in the state as an individual, improved upon last year's first-place finish by 20 seconds to finish first in 16:26 to pace the Jayhawks to a fourth-place team finish.
"Cade is a very gifted runner. He is extremely competitive and doesn't like to lose," said Madelia/Truman head coach Pete Goeringer.
"It feels pretty good to defend my title. I ran 20 seconds faster than last year," said Ekstrom. "The cold weather made me change the breathing pattern a little bit, but I'm trying to stay healthy and get through the rest of the season."
Fellow Jayhawk, Ricki Fenske sprinted into the finish line to come in ninth with a time of 17:39.
Landon Martinez finished 26th for the Jayhawks in 18:28, while Abe Bergeman finished in 19:33 for 46th place. Aaron Neumann completed the Madelia/Truman team score with a time of 19:51 for 55th place.
Lane Nierman and Ahlgren Sondre competed with finishes of 20:13 and 21:36 for 65th and 88th places. Matthew Trueblood, Moritz Benke and Jonahs Klopp rounded out the Jayhawks effort with finishes of 23:32, 24:54 and 25:06 for 111th, 114th and 117th place, respectively.
Fairmont's Josiah Johnson was one second off his personal best with a 10th-place finish of 17:39 to lead the Cardinals sixth-place team finish.
Kaleb Linse finished 23rd for the Cardinals in a personal-best time of 18:17. Marcus Larson and Andrew Johnson finished in 48th and 52nd place in at 19:41 and 19:49, respectively.
Saguja Hassen completed the team score with a personal-best time of 19:50 for 54th place.
Harley Luhmann also ran his fastest career time in 19:54 for 58th place. Payton Schlomann ran in at 20:28 in 71st, while Cole Huinker finished 76th in 20:42. Colin Meadows earned 76th in a time of 20:56 for the Cardinals. Christopher Poush and Riley Higgins completed the team effort with 92nd- and 99th-place finishes of 21:40 and 22:27, respectively.
For BEA, Mike Ankeny ran a 17:46 for 11th place to lead the team to an 8th-place finish.
Isaac Miranda and Alec Huber were separated by five seconds in their 39th and 41st-place finishes in 19:17 and 19:21. Kyle Mercer finished 56th in 19:52, while Zach Vaske completed the scoring in 62nd of 20:02.
Jakob Thomsen came just behind Vaske, in 63rd, with a time of 20:09. Nick Shure came in at 21:33 for 86th for the Bucs. Jose Rios, John Lindsey, Luke Loveall and Jack Nimz rounded out the BEA effort with finishes of 102, 113, 115 and 120 in 22:35, 24:26, 24:54 and 25:37, respectively.
On the girls side, Katiana Fischer led Fairmont in its third-place team finish with an individual finish of 6th in 16:01.
Jenna Pavich ran another personal-best time for 14th place, coming in at 16:32. Sarah Bartz came in at 19th, in 16:39, while teammate Emily Haugen finished 23rd in 17:03. Hannah Johnson completed the team score with a 26th place finish of 17:17.
"It felt good to surpass Jackson County Central and Blue Earth Area, who we've been close to all season," said Fairmont head coach Bob Bonk. "We had quite a few personal bests and overall it was a good day."
Jaclyn Friese was nipping at Johnson's heels, finishing 27th in 17:19. Molly Hawkins added to the personal-best parade for the girls with a 17:29 race for 31st. Sasha Riley came in under 18 minutes with 17:54, for 39th place, while Sarah Ostlie came in at 42nd place in 18:06.
Miranda Mathiason finished 51st in a time of 18:29, while Megan Hawkins' time of 18:49 earned her in 57th place. Emilee Moeller and Hannah Olson finished just one second apart, coming in at 19:02 and 19:03 for 60 and 61st place.
Rachel Botzet ran a personal-best time of 20:43 for 77th place for Fairmont. Rachel Poppe and Julie Fleming rounded out the Cardinal effort with finishes of 20:52 and 21:23 for 79th and 83rd place.
The defending girls' team champions Blue Earth Area finished in fifth place, led by Taylor Grandgenett's 15th-place finish of 16:35. Signe Olson finished 30th with a time of 17:28 for the Bucs. Sierra Halvorson came in at 17:47 for 36th place. Jenna Stevermer came in 53rd place with a time of 18:35, while Anna Aukes finished 59th in 19 minutes to complete the team score.
Athena Peterson and Autumn Foster finished 62nd and 63rd in 19:13 and 19:23 in the invite. Nyla Anderson finished 68th with a time of 19:49, while teammate Meredith Hagedorn finished 70th in 19:59. The Bucs' Rowan Hacken finished 74th in 20:26. Mara Fenske crossed the finish line in 20:39 for 75th place. Alexis Brooks, Cynthia Johnson, Madeline Jenkins and Laticia Briseno rounded out the Bucs effort with finishes of 21:49, 23:29, 28:08 and 28:19 for 84th, 90th, 93rd and 94th places, respectively.
The Jayhawks' girls team was led by Julia Hidaglo, who finished in 40th place with a time of 18:04. Alissa Voyles came in 45th and Sam Maul came in 46th in times of 18:09 and 18:13. Savannah Krenz finished in 18:41 for 54th, while Cleo Maloney finished 58th in 18:59. Rebekah Rusert completed the Jayhawks' score in 20:20 for 72nd place.
Hopp Fredirike finished in 80th place with a time of 21:02 for M/T. Dakota DeBell, Bryn Van Zee and Ann Foreign rounded out the Jayhawk effort with finishes of 86, 88 and 91 in times of 22:14, 22:58 and 23:46, respectively.
Fairmont and Blue Earth Area travel to Waseca on Tuesday for the South Central Conference Meet at the Waseca Lakeside Golf Course. Martin County West travels to Madelia for a 4:30 p.m. meet on Oct. 11.
Team Standings: 1. Martin County West 35, 2. Mountain Lake Area 49, 3. Fairmont 76, 4. Mankato East 93, 5. Blue Earth Area 155, 6. St. James Area 155, 7. Madelia/Truman 189, 8. St. Peter 198. Incomplete teams: Jackson County Cental and Southwest Star Concept.
Team Standings: 1. Martin County West 42, 2. Mankato East 74, 3. St. James Area 82, 4. Madelia/Truman 123, 5. St. Peter 136, 6. Fairmont 164, 7. Jackson County Central 178, 8. Blue Earth Area 184, 9. Mountain Lake Area 201. Incomplete Team Southwest Star Concept.
Team Standings: 1. Fairmont 19, 2. Mankato East 53, 3. Mountain Lake Area 80, 4. Madelia/Truman 84. Incomplete Teams: Blue Earth Area, St. Peter, St. James Area, Jackson County Central, Martin County West and Southwest Star Concept.
Individual Results (46 participants)
1. Grace Higgins (FMT) 6:05, 2. Lizzy Subbert (FMT) 6:09, 3. Molly Boyum (JCC) 6:11, 4. MacKinzee Miest (SJA) 6:11, 5. Josie Fredricksen (ME) 6:14, 6. Sienna Wiebusch (STP) 6:24, 7. Sadie Goossen (SJA) 6:29, 8. Brianna Preston (SSC) 6:32, 9. Brianna Sanders (SJA) 6:35, 10. Anna Sundblad (FMT) 6:37, 11. Bethany Linse (FMT) 6:38, 12. Diana Garcia (MLA) 6:41, 13. Emma Koehler (FMT) 6:48, 14. Jessica Borg (MCW) 6:49, 15. Melissa Hagedorn (BEA) 6:49.
Team Standings: 1. St. James Area 25, 2. Mountain Lake Area 60, 3. Fairmont 78, 4. Mankato East 84, 5. Soutwest Star Concept 106. Incomplete teams: St. Peter, Martin County West, Blue Earth Area, Madelia/Truman, Jackson County Central.
Individual Results (60 participants)
1. Tommy Velasco (SJA) 5:20, 2. Joshua Bjerken (MCW) 5:21, 3. Renynaldo Capetillo (MLA) 5:31, 4. Logan Knutson (SSC) 5:35, 5. Lukas Pierson (SJA) 5:37, 6. Eber Vazquez-Vite 5:39, 7. Seth Becker (BEA) 5:52, 8. Ben Huinker (FMT) 5:53, 9. Alfred Esqueda (SJA) 5:54, 10. Dawson Burkhardt (MCW) 5:54, 11. Nelson Cuellar (SJA) 5:51, 12. Andrew Fast (MLA) 6:00, 13. Andrew Moeller (FMT) 6:01, 14. Emmanuael Fentanex (MLA) 6:02, 15. Jackson Bonnet (MLA) 6:06.