Cross country wraps up season at Section 5A meet

 by Sally Krutzig
After months of practice, it was finally time for the last meet of the year. 
“It was hard knowing it was my last meet ever,” said senior Kristin Wohlrabe. “I tried to make it count by giving it my all.”
The Section 5A meet was originally planned for Thursday, but due to bad weather earlier in the week, the course was flooded so it was rescheduled to Friday, October 28, in Pierz. 
“I was glad because it gave us more time to practice,” noted Kevin Salveson.
This meet was not only the last, but also the most important. Sections is where 23 teams from all over Section 5A come together to see who will move on to state. 
“Sections was so much more intense,” said Mollie Graham. “I just really wanted to do my best.”
The boys’ team did very well. They came in 11th out of 23 teams, which meant they were in the top half. 
“Last year the boys came in 17th, so it was a big improvement,” said Coach Ben Youngs.
Greg Dorow was the Irish top runner, coming in 18th place at 17.58 minutes. 
“I was happy with Greg. I thought he had a chance of advancing, and even though he didn't he still had a really good run,” said Youngs.
Next to finish for Maple Lake was Danny Becker with a personal best at 18.42, in 38th. Then came Cullen Gallagher in 64th, at 19.35. At 19.44 minutes was Sullivan Graham in 70th. Following was Ben Thiele in 74th place at 19.48. Michael Thomas was the next Maple Lake runner in 84th place, with a time of 20.00. Kevin Salveson was right behind Thomas at 20.02 minutes and 85th place.
The girls also finished in the top half. They were right in the middle of the pack in 10th place. 
“They all ran pretty solid races,” said Youngs. 
Kristin Wohlrabe had the best time for the Irish at 17.05 in 37th place. Right on her heels came Hannah Haegele at 17.11 in 40th place. Taking 51st was Mollie Graham at 17.38. After that, was Kayla Hoisted in 63rd place with a time of 17.57, followed by Hannah Klug coming in at 18.47 minutes in 83rd place. Maddie Gagnon took 87th place at 18.52 and Alyssa Redemske followed in 94th place at 19.15 minutes.
All in all, it was a good end to the season. For even if no one advanced to state, the Irish made huge strides over the previous year. Though the team will miss seniors Alyssa Redemske and Kristin Wohlrabe, they will hopefully continue their success and improvement next year. 
After months of practice, it was finally time for the last meet of the year. 
“It was hard knowing it was my last meet ever,” said senior Kristin Wohlrabe. “I tried to make it count by giving it my all.”
The Section 5A meet was originally planned for Thursday, but due to bad weather earlier in the week, the course was flooded so it was rescheduled to Friday, October 28, in Pierz. 
“I was glad because it gave us more time to practice,” noted Kevin Salveson.
This meet was not only the last, but also the most important. Sections is where 23 teams from all over Section 5A come together to see who will move on to state. 
“Sections was so much more intense,” said Mollie Graham. “I just really wanted to do my best.”
The boys’ team did very well. They came in 11th out of 23 teams, which meant they were in the top half. 
“Last year the boys came in 17th, so it was a big improvement,” said Coach Ben Youngs.
Greg Dorow was the Irish top runner, coming in 18th place at 17.58 minutes. 
“I was happy with Greg. I thought he had a chance of advancing, and even though he didn't he still had a really good run,” said Youngs.
Next to finish for Maple Lake was Danny Becker with a personal best at 18.42, in 38th. Then came Cullen Gallagher in 64th, at 19.35. At 19.44 minutes was Sullivan Graham in 70th. Following was Ben Thiele in 74th place at 19.48. Michael Thomas was the next Maple Lake runner in 84th place, with a time of 20.00. Kevin Salveson was right behind Thomas at 20.02 minutes and 85th place.
The girls also finished in the top half. They were right in the middle of the pack in 10th place. 
“They all ran pretty solid races,” said Youngs. 
Kristin Wohlrabe had the best time for the Irish at 17.05 in 37th place. Right on her heels came Hannah Haegele at 17.11 in 40th place. Taking 51st was Mollie Graham at 17.38. After that, was Kayla Hoisted in 63rd place with a time of 17.57, followed by Hannah Klug coming in at 18.47 minutes in 83rd place. Maddie Gagnon took 87th place at 18.52 and Alyssa Redemske followed in 94th place at 19.15 minutes.
All in all, it was a good end to the season. For even if no one advanced to state, the Irish made huge strides over the previous year. Though the team will miss seniors Alyssa Redemske and Kristin Wohlrabe, they will hopefully continue their success and improvement next year. 
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