Irish place well at Rockford meet

by Sally Krutzig
The Maple Lake High School boys’ and girls’ cross country team had a very favorable meet in Rockford on September 7, indicated by how almost every runner improved their times from the last meet. 
“I thought it was a very successful meet. We are going to be very competitive this year,” said senior Alyssa Redemske. 
Times are not only improving from meet to meet but from year to year. 
“Michael Thomas dropped seven minutes off his time from the Rockford meet last year,” said Head Coach Ben Youngs.
In Rockford the Maple Lake girls’ team did very well when they came in fourth place with 124 points.
After running the 4k race, Kristin Wohlrabe was the first Maple Lake runner to cross the finish line and placed third out of the 70 girls competing with a time of 16.56. Hannah Haegele followed in ninth place at 17.37. After that came Hannah Klug at 18.37 in 25th place. The fourth Maple Lake runner to finish was Maddie Gagnon in 42nd place at a time of 21.05. Alyssa Redemske, in 45th, was close at her heels with 19.31. Anna Thiele soon followed in 47th place at a time of 19.33.
After the girls had finished their 4k run, it was the boys turn to do the 5k.
Greg Dorow finished just 18.34 minutes after the race had started, earning seventh place. In 18th, Ben Thiele was next with a time of 19.41. After that Kevin Salveson, shaving three minutes off his previous meet's time, came in 38th place at 20.38. Then Cullin Gallagher, at a time of 20.51, crossed the finish line earning him 43rd place. Danny Becker came in 56th at 23:16. Following Becker was Michael Thomas in 65th place with a time of 22.06. The final Maple Lake runner was Evan Hertwig, with a time of 22.57, in 70th place.
The boys took fifth place with a score of 162. 
“We're seeing improvements on the boys’ team, which is exciting since we've never really had a boys’ team as good as the girls,” said Coach Youngs.
While much of the team’s attention is focused on the varsity, this year’s junior high seems more promising than ever when both boys and girls took first place once again. Andrew Schonnessen did especially well when he took first place in the individual standings.
The next meet for the Irish cross country teams is set for Thursday, September 16, in Delano. 
The Maple Lake High School boys’ and girls’ cross country team had a very favorable meet in Rockford on September 7, indicated by how almost every runner improved their times from the last meet. 
“I thought it was a very successful meet. We are going to be very competitive this year,” said senior Alyssa Redemske. 
Times are not only improving from meet to meet but from year to year. 
“Michael Thomas dropped seven minutes off his time from the Rockford meet last year,” said Head Coach Ben Youngs.
In Rockford the Maple Lake girls’ team did very well when they came in fourth place with 124 points.
After running the 4k race, Kristin Wohlrabe was the first Maple Lake runner to cross the finish line and placed third out of the 70 girls competing with a time of 16.56. Hannah Haegele followed in ninth place at 17.37. After that came Hannah Klug at 18.37 in 25th place. The fourth Maple Lake runner to finish was Maddie Gagnon in 42nd place at a time of 21.05. Alyssa Redemske, in 45th, was close at her heels with 19.31. Anna Thiele soon followed in 47th place at a time of 19.33.
After the girls had finished their 4k run, it was the boys turn to do the 5k.
Greg Dorow finished just 18.34 minutes after the race had started, earning seventh place. In 18th, Ben Thiele was next with a time of 19.41. After that Kevin Salveson, shaving three minutes off his previous meet's time, came in 38th place at 20.38. Then Cullin Gallagher, at a time of 20.51, crossed the finish line earning him 43rd place. Danny Becker came in 56th at 23:16. Following Becker was Michael Thomas in 65th place with a time of 22.06. The final Maple Lake runner was Evan Hertwig, with a time of 22.57, in 70th place.
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