Great running – awful weatherThe Two Harbors/Cook County cross-country team had to battle more than opponents last Tuesday at the Proctor Invitational meet.
By: News-Chronicle reports, Lake County News Chronicle
The Two Harbors/Cook County cross-country team had to battle more than opponents last Tuesday at the Proctor Invitational meet.
“We thought the weather had been about as bad as it could get at Hibbing, but it was worse at Proctor,” head coach Chris Hegg said. “We just wanted to get in, race and get out. And that is what we did.”
The Vikings won the boys and girls Class A varsity and junior high team races. The team took nine individual varsity medals, including Kieran Scannell’s second-straight individual title, 13 individual junior high awards, including Ben Seaton’s overall championship, and 21 individual junior varsity awards.
Sixteen teams were entered in the Proctor Invitational, 11 Class A schools and five AA schools.
The varsity girls were off first.
“We held all conference runner Ailee Larson out, as she had a virus and had been feeling run down,” Hegg said. “Otherwise, we were fit and ready to go.”
At the gun, Signe Larson was out with the leaders, and Sonja Peterson was close behind. Michelle Weitz was leading the next group, including Anna Schield and Mercedes Leininger. Molly Rider and Amber Fletcher were a little ways back in the middle of the 110-girl field of combined A/AA and varsity/JV runners.
“Our JV girls were running strong too, especially Mara MacDonell, just a short distance back of our varsity runners,” Hegg said. “We pretty much stayed that way for the second loop, although Signe was starting to make the kind of faces that say, ‘maybe I went out too fast.’”
Coming to the finish, Signe held on gamely, finishing fifth in 16:38. Peterson closed some on her, and finished with a nice sprint in 16:54. Leininger had moved up, finishing 10th in 17:24, with Schield next in 17:33 and Weitz four places back in 18:06.
Fletcher and Rider rounded out the varsity team running the even in 19:23 and 20:12 respectively. MacDonell led the team’s JV runners finishing in a personal record of 20:39, good for eighth.
The varsity girls beat second place Proctor 25-40.
The varsity/JV boys had a combined 160-runner field.
“Duluth Denfeld, Duluth East and Proctor took it out fast, while team leader Kieran Scannell kept everyone in sight,” Hegg said. “As usual, Drew Holmen and David Bergstrom went out in the top one-fourth, with Josh Ensign close behind, and Darren Waha in the top half of the field.”
Coming around for the third lap, Scannell still had a couple Class A boys ahead of him, along with a few AA runners. As he came up the final hill, he was closing on the last of the A runners.
“Surprisingly, he caught him before the finish area, instead I would have sat on and sprinted – but what do I know?,” Hegg said. “Kieran moved around him, rounded the corner, and put the pedal to the metal.”
Scannell didn’t pull away, but he wasn’t caught – winning in 17:20. Meanwhile, Holmen had picked it up, dropping Bergstrom and clawing his was up to fourth, running 18:21, another personal best that put him 13th on the team’s all-time list.
Bergstrom cruised in sixth, running 18:50, Ensign ran 19:11 finishing 11th and Waha ran it in 20:41 for a personal record and 25th place.
The varsity boys won the team title, beating second-place Duluth Marshall 41-55.
The Section 7A meet was in Cloquet on Thursday with the top two teams and top 10 individuals qualifying for state.
“I’m betting we will be headed to Northfield for the eighth year in a row,” Hegg said. “The question is how many will be running?”