The Dragons traveled to the Spring Brook Golf Course in Mora on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The temperature was much warmer than the runners had been used to and the warm conditions made racing more challenging.
The Pine City girls team did not have enough runners to score. Out of the 13 complete teams, Providence Academy won with 58 points with Howard Lake-Waverly Winsted coming in second with a score of 67 points. Alaina Steele ran very well against some top notch competition, placing sixth in a time of 20:38.5. She looked strong throughout the race and was close to chasing down the fourth and fifth place runners. Eva Johnson ran her fastest time of the season earning a 13th place finish with a time of 21:31.5.
Arissa Rydberg continues to improve and placed 31st in a personal best time of 23.03.1. Allison Cavallin started the race, but dropped out about halfway through. She is building up after some injuries.
The Dragon JH girls did well placing fifth, only seven points away from third.
The Pine City boys team placed ninth out of 15 complete teams with a total of 255 points. Northwest Homeschool’s boys won with a score of 47 points ahead of Heritage Christian’s 64.
Nate Webster raced well and placed 12th in a time of 18:29.3. Noah Miller (19:56.6) and Casey Knutson (20:13.2) finished in 51st and 57th. Caleb Cunnien (21:34.7) placed 66th. Koleman Lind (21:15.7) and Damion Torgerson (21:17.2) rounded out the varsity team finishing 77th and 78th.
The Dragon JV boys placed eighth. Josh Rike was the top finisher placing 10th with a time of 21:44.9. Pine City JH boys did very well and placed second.
Pine City was scheduled to be in Pierz for the Pierz Stampede on Monday, Sept. 16. They will then be competing in the Milaca Mega Meet on Saturday, Sept 21. The Mega Meet is known as the largest high school cross-country meet in the world.
“We had a tough workout on Friday in the mud, wind and rain. However, most everyone on the team showed great improvement during this workout,” said coach Jared Clementson. “I am looking forward to seeing their improvements pay off during the next few meets.”