Girls cross country team wins first outing at home

Grace Praska, front, and Eva McClelland, third back, race through Ney Park in Maple Lake during the Irish cross country team’s home meet and home opener, Friday, Sept. 1. Praska finished 23rd overall and McClelland was 25th. The girls won the event, beating 11 visiting teams to do so.

The Maple Lake boys cross country team burst from the starting line at Ney Park last week. Pictured from the Irish team are, from left: Quinn Youngs, Michael Miller, Jake Fynboh and Ben Smail. Miller placed the highest among the group, finishing fourth overall in 17 minutes. The boys team finished ninth out of 15 teams in a tough field. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

The Irish cross country teams kicked off the season with a 12-team invitational at Ney Park near Maple Lake.
The highlight of the morning was the girls team win and victory over the No. 5 ranked team in state, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.
The Irish slipped by Rockford (another Section 5A opponent) in second 65 to 66 and HL-W-W was close on their heels with 69 points.
“The fact that three teams were within four points made it exciting, and shows how important every place is in a race,” Irish Head Coach Ben Youngs said.

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