Varsity Cross Country · CC Competes at Thundering Royal Elk Invite

By Alicia Sunnarborg

The Mound Westonka cross country team competed in the Thundering Royal Elk Invitational on Oct. 4 at Fox Hollow Golf Course in St. Michael. This meet was one of the tougher races on the White Hawks’ schedule. Many of the schools competing were large schools not in the White Hawks’ conference or section.

The varsity girls had a great meet, turning in five career-best times for fifth place. Eighth-grader Laura Sunnarborg finished the 5K in 19:41 to earn fourth place. Ninth-grader Allison Soule and junior Kate McGown came in closely together at 21:33 and 21:37. Eighth-graders Emily Wendorf and Jordyn LaRue rounded out the girls times at 22:05 and 22:22.

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Alec Van Gelder had a strong start at the Thundering Royal Elk Invitational

The varsity boys team finished mid-pack in seventh place out of 16 teams. Sophomore Alec Van Gelder cracked the Top 10 with an eighth-place finish in 17:06. Ninth-grader Lance Nemecek finished next for the White Hawks with a time of 17:51. Senior Kade Retterath and ninth-grader Beckett James followed closely together at 18:32 and 18:35. Sophomore Charlie Herder completed the boys top five at 18:47.

The White Hawks had some nice performances in the other races as well. Ninth-grader Owen Paul ran a career best 18:51 in the boys junior varsity 5K, earning 11th place out of 223 runners. Seventh-grader Natalie Miner won the girls middle school 2.5K in 10:14. Fellow seventh-grader Miles Dumbauld earned fifth in the boys 2.5K at 9:15, and eighth-grader Ethan Garlock finished ninth in 9:31.

Next up for the White Hawks is the conference championship in Watertown on Oct. 16.