Boys' cross country team earns first win at St. John's

by Sally Krutzig
It was the perfect day for running on Tuesday, September 28. It was clear and calm, with no wind or rain to hinder the cross country team at the Collinwood County Park.
For the boys, Greg Dorow, in sixth place, was the first Maple Lake runner to cross the finish line at 18.38. Next was Danny Becker in 41st place, at 20.22. At 20.55 was Sullivan Graham in 49th. Right on his heels,came Cullin Gallagher in 50th place, with a time of 20.58. Following was Kevin Salveson with 21.05 minutes, in 53rd place. Following next was Michael Thomas in 62nd place and a time of 22.05. 
After the boys’ race, their scores were added up. The Irish boys took eighth place. 
Coincidently, the girls also took eighth out of 11 teams. Of the Maple Lake girls, Kristin Wohlrabe, in 34th place, had the best time at 17.58. Following her was Hannah Haegele in 38th with a time of 18.09. After 18.31 minutes came Kayla Hoisted in 41st. Then Alyssa Redemske got 50th place at 19.08. Hannah Klug followed Redemske at 19.40.
 
Irish at St. John’s
The boys’ cross country team reached an exciting landmark on Thursday, September 30, at the St. John's Prep meet. For the first time ever, since 2001 when the cross country program was restarted, the boys team won a meet. 
“It was really exciting, and kind of a relief to take first,” said Coach Ben Youngs.
The team members who helped achieve this feat were Greg Dorow, Danny Becker, Ben Thiele, Cullen Gallagher, Kevin Salveson, Michael Thomas, and Sullivan Graham. 
The girls did great, too, when they took fourth out of 16 teams.
There is an interesting tradition at the St. John's meet, where every top 10 runner receives “Johnnie Bread,” a large loaf of homemade bread baked by the monks at St. John's. 
“It tasted really good and it made me proud to be one of the top 10,” said Evan Hertwig.
The following all won a loaf of this famous baked good. For boys’ varsity was Greg Dorow, in fourth. 
Girls’ varsity winners were Kristin Wohlrabe in sixth, and Hannah Haegele in seventh. Evan Hertwig won eighth on JV. 
At the boys’ junior high level, Andrew Schonessen took seventh and Adam Latour took 10th. The girls’ junior high bread winners were Skyler Manka in seventh and Jordan Sifferle in 10th.
“Team depth is the reason we were able to take first,” said Youngs. “Our top seven guys are all really good, so we don't have to rely on one superstar.”
 
Irish at Duluth
 It was an interesting meet in Duluth on Saturday, October 2. 
To place at a meet, teams must bring at least five runners. But since this meet was optional, the Irish didn't have enough runners competing. 
“Some runners couldn't come because of money or others had something else going on,” said Coach Youngs. “So everyone competed as individuals.”
This made it more of a fun, stress-free day. To switch things up a bit, all runners chose to compete at a JV level, instead of their usual varsity. 
For girls, Kristin Wohlrabe took fourth at 18.38. Hannah Haegle was right behind her in fifth place at 18.43. Alyssa Redemske was the next Maple Lake runner to finish, coming in 24th at 19.58. Then came Anna Thiele in 36th with a time of 20.39.
As for boys, Ben Thiele had the best time. At 19.02, he came in fourth. Next was Michael Thomas in 27th place, at 20.17. Then came Kevin Salveson at 20.38, in 36th place.
In the sophomore individual  race, Danny Becker took 25th at 15.34 minutes. Nick Feikema was next, in 149th place, with a time of 18.09.
Cullen Gallagher did the best in the 7-8 grade individual race. In 13th place, his time was 11.14. Adam Latour soon followed in 20th place at 11.35. After him, was Benjamin Brinza at 14.17 in 108th place.
  The next meet for the cross country teams will be on Thursday, October 7, in Litchfield.  
It was the perfect day for running on Tuesday, September 28. It was clear and calm, with no wind or rain to hinder the cross country team at the Collinwood County Park.
For the boys, Greg Dorow, in sixth place, was the first Maple Lake runner to cross the finish line at 18.38. Next was Danny Becker in 41st place, at 20.22. At 20.55 was Sullivan Graham in 49th. Right on his heels,came Cullin Gallagher in 50th place, with a time of 20.58. Following was Kevin Salveson with 21.05 minutes, in 53rd place. Following next was Michael Thomas in 62nd place and a time of 22.05. 
After the boys’ race, their scores were added up. The Irish boys took eighth place. 
Coincidently, the girls also took eighth out of 11 teams. Of the Maple Lake girls, Kristin Wohlrabe, in 34th place, had the best time at 17.58. Following her was Hannah Haegele in 38th with a time of 18.09. After 18.31 minutes came Kayla Hoisted in 41st. Then Alyssa Redemske got 50th place at 19.08. Hannah Klug followed Redemske at 19.40.
 
Irish at St. John’s
The boys’ cross country team reached an exciting landmark on Thursday, September 30, at the St. John's Prep meet. For the first time ever, since 2001 when the cross country program was restarted, the boys team won a meet. 
“It was really exciting, and kind of a relief to take first,” said Coach Ben Youngs.
The team members who helped achieve this feat were Greg Dorow, Danny Becker, Ben Thiele, Cullen Gallagher, Kevin Salveson, Michael Thomas, and Sullivan Graham. 
The girls did great, too, when they took fourth out of 16 teams.
There is an interesting tradition at the St. John's meet, where every top 10 runner receives “Johnnie Bread,” a large loaf of homemade bread baked by the monks at St. John's. 
“It tasted really good and it made me proud to be one of the top 10,” said Evan Hertwig.
The following all won a loaf of this famous baked good. For boys’ varsity was Greg Dorow, in fourth. 
Girls’ varsity winners were Kristin Wohlrabe in sixth, and Hannah Haegele in seventh. Evan Hertwig won eighth on JV. 
At the boys’ junior high level, Andrew Schonessen took seventh and Adam Latour took 10th. The girls’ junior high bread winners were Skyler Manka in seventh and Jordan Sifferle in 10th.
“Team depth is the reason we were able to take first,” said Youngs. “Our top seven guys are all really good, so we don't have to rely on one superstar.”
 
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