By Alicia Sunnarborg
The Mound Westonka cross country team competed at the Dassel-Cokato Charger Invite on Sept. 25 at Collinwood Regional Park in Cokato. White Hawks head coach Butch Humbert switched the line-ups to rest a few varsity runners and give a varsity opportunity to some others.
Junior Alec Van Gelder earned third place in the boys varsity race with a time of 18:28. Seniors Mark Whaley, Joe Woychick, Jasper Treat, Ethan James, Carsten Doepnerhove and Brock Munsterteiger all ran nice races for the boys varsity team as well.
Junior Kate McGown led the way for the girls varsity, earning 23rd place with a 5k time of 23:28. Ninth-grader Allison Soule finished next for the White Hawks with a time of 23:47. Junior Sarah Malchow finished mid-pack, along with sophomore Carly McGown.
The boys junior varsity line-up came away with three Top-10 finishes. Ninth-grader Lance Nemecek won the 5k race with a time of 19:26. Sophomore Charlie Herder took second place in 20:04, with sophomore Cole Garlack close behind in fourth at 20:15.
The middle school girls earned their first team win of the season with five Top-10 finishes. Eighth-grader Laura Sunnarborg overpowered the field with a first-place finish over a minute faster than the next competitor in a time of 12:07 in the 3km race. Seventh-grader Natalie Miner finished in third place with a time of 13:38. Eighth-graders Jordyn LaRue and Emily Wendorf finished in sixth and seventh place, respectively, with seventh-grader Stella Johnson adding a 10th-place finish.
The middle school boys finished in third place out of nine teams. Seventh-grader Miles Dumbauld led the way with a fifth-place finish and a time of 12:30 in the 3k race.
The White Hawks travel to St. Michael on Oct. 4 for the Thundering Royal Elk Invite.