Shortened Stewartville Invitational draws many
Olson races to front of field in her first cross-country event
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 5:31 AM
Excessive heat shortened both the varsity and JV cross-country events at Thursday's massive Stewartville Invitational. The boys' varsity/JV races were to have been 5,000 meters, while both girls' events were originally scheduled at 4,000 meters. Due to conditions, all four races were shortened to 3,200M. The junior high boys' and girls' races were both 1,600M (1 mile) as planned.
Freshman Kiera Olson made her debut in cross-country for Lanesboro/Fillmore Central in the top five at a massive meet in Stewartville.
A reconstituted Lanesboro/Fillmore Central cooperative program sent out six varsity boys, four varsity girls and two JV boys to tackle the course, as well as four junior high boys and two junior high girls. That allowed the LHS-sponsored squad to post a team score at the boys' varsity level (the first time in several years).
There were runners from 24 programs and many more cooperating schools at the meet, an all-day event held at Bear Creek Cave Park.
L/FC head coach Ellen Cullen reported that meet organizers set up several sprinklers around the course for kids to cool off at. "I'm not sure what the temperature was but there was a lovely breeze during the meet," she noted. "Standing in the shade you could say it was pleasant!"
TJ (Thomas) Schiltz of New Richland-Hartland Ellendale-Geneva won the boys' varsity race (10:11). The ladies' event went to Emi Trost of Cannon Falls (11:33). In varsity team competition, Lake City took first place for the girls' event, while Winona Cotter won the boys' competition.
Freshman Kiera Olson made an outstanding cross-country debut appearance for L/FC, placing fifth (12:44) in the massive field. Teammate Leah Ruen officially placed 22nd, Cullen said. Five varsity runners are needed for a team score, so the L/FC girls had to settle for an "incomplete" as a team.
For the boys' varsity, Travis Troendle took 24th place, while Zach Voeltz came in 34th in his first-ever cross-country run. L/FC took 16th place as a team in the event.
Freshmen Layton Howerton (52nd) and William Nolan (64th) also ran their first-ever cross-country events for L/FC, Cullen noted. Both competed in the JV race.
L/FC standouts at the junior high level included Jamie Rein (17th) and Emily Snyder (20th) for the girls, and Travis Sexton (50th) for the boys.
L/FC is set to compete in the Crazy Buffalo Invitational in La Crescent on Sept. 5. On Sept. 10, the team will run at the DESC Invitational in Eyota.