The Lanesboro/Fillmore Central ladies cross-country team placed two runners near the top of the field, earning fourth place overall at the Chatfield Invitational last week.

The meet drew nine programs to the hilly terrain of Chosen Valley Country Club on Oct. 1. For L/FC, Kiera Olson finished fourth in the varsity 4K with a time of 16:45, while teammate Leah Ruen took sixth. The race was won by Stewartville's Chrissy Lofgren (16:14), followed by Sierra Stucky of Plainview-Elgin-Millville and Karen Gomez of Chatfield.

Also posting team (top five on each squad) scores for the Burros were Emily Snyder (28th), Jamie Rein (33rd) , and Heather Boyum (47th). Cami Jones also competed for L/FC.

P-E-M won the team event, followed by Stewartville and Pine Island.

"Leah Ruen had a great race as did Emily Snyder," L/FC coach Ellen Cullen reported. "They looked very strong on the hills. The course is quite hilly with mostly long gradual hills but then there is a section on the race with two very steep hills."

In the boys' varsity 5K, senior Austin O'Hare of Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson broke the tape in 17:19. Second went to Chatfield's own Christian Bance. Sam Jewson of Wabasha-Kellogg took third. First place in team scores went to Plainview-Elgin-Millville, followed by L-A/R-P and W-K, respectively.

Nate Eversole led L/FC, taking 22nd place. Michael Harrison finished 35th, while Zach Voeltz took 45th. Freshmen Casey Olson (54th) and Ben Gjere (62nd) posted team scores as well. Matthew Kiehne and Layton Howerton also competed for L/FC in the field of over 100 runners. As a team, the Burros finished seventh.

William Nolan and Tray Chiglo ran the JV 5K race, finishing 19th and 29th, respectively. There were no L/FC JV runners in the girls' 4K.

In the junior high 3,200M races, L/FC competitor Aaron Eversole took 11th for the lads, followed by Jared Reinhardt (17th), Travis Sexton (26th), Daniel Erickson (39th} and Joey Lange (40th). Jay Bissen also competed. There were no female entrants for L/FC.

Cullen said that the Chatfield meet is scored a bit differently, with the combined times of the top five girls and top five boys on each team added together for an overall team championship. "The team with the lowest time gets their name inscribed on the 'shoe trophy,'" she reported. LHS took fourth place in that competition.

Up next

The teams will head for Piper Hills Golf Course on Oct. 8 for the Plainview Invitational. The Section 1A cross-country championship meet is Oct. 24 at Northern Hills Golf Course in Rochester.