Kayla is running 'neck-n-neck' with a runner from Redwood Valley.  Kaylabeat the RV runner by 2 seconds, giving her her fifth straight trip to the'medal stage', and a 10th place finish. Photo Bill Bentson.
Kayla is running 'neck-n-neck' with a runner from Redwood Valley. Kayla

beat the RV runner by 2 seconds, giving her her fifth straight trip to the

'medal stage', and a 10th place finish. Photo Bill Bentson.
Chatfield had three runners at the State Meet this year; Kayla Woltz,

Karen Gomez and Christian Bance.

Coach Chris Frye summed things up pretty well...."Kayla finished in the

top 10 for the fifth straight year. That's a rare accomplishment. Runners

like her don't come along very often. She's had an amazing career. Aside

from her running ability, she set an outstanding example for dedication and

hard work. Achieving her level of excellence doesn't come without


Karen follows in those footsteps, Frye continued. Her hard work paid

off with a second straight trip to State, and she had a strong race. I know

that with her level of dedication, she'll only get better. I'm glad that

we'll have her leadership, too, for the next two years.

Christian PR' at State, moving into the second spot on our honor roll.

A nice job at State in his 'rookie' year. He shows tremendous potential,

and it will be exciting to see where he can take this in the years ahead."

Kayla finished 10th in this year's meet, finishing the tough St. Olaf

course in a time of 14:59.8. The 10th place finish was the fifth straight

year that she has finished in the top 10 and her fifth straight year of

receiving All-State honors.

Karen had a good race and finished the 4,000 meters in 76th place,

15:58.7. 175 girls finished the race in Class A.

Individual winner was Clare Flanagan (14:04.1), Blake, her second

straight Class A crown. Esko was the team champion, 115 points, followed by

Annandale (150) and Minnehaha Academy (151). Dover-Eyota (184) was fifth

and Rochester Lourdes (206) was ninth. 16 teams, two from each Section,

participate in the State Meet.

Christian finished 73rd in the Meet, getting a personal best (PR) time

of 17:12.1. This is Christian's first year out for cross country, and

already has moved into the #2 spot on the Chatfield cross country 'honor

roll'. Matt Welch, Proctor, won the meet with a time of 15:34.0.

State meet notes...

-The Class A boys meet was won by Perham, with an impressive 37 points.

Top five guys finished, in scoring, 4,5,6,10, 12, with sixth and seventh

coming in at 22 and 38. Six all-staters! Winona Cotter came in fifth (200

points) and Plainview-Elgin-Millville was ninth (218).

-Top individual boy for Section One was Ian Torchia (Lourdes), sixth,

Richard Swanson (Kingsland), eleventh, and then Pat Reinschmidt

(Plainview-Elgin-Millville), 13th.

-Esko (115) won the girls meet, with Annandale (150) and Minnehaha

Academy (151) at second and third. Clare Flanagan, the Blake School, won

her second straight state meet. Emi Trost of Cannon Falls was second. The

Dover-Eyota girls were fifth (184) and Rochester Lourdes was ninth (206).

-Kayla Woltz, Chatfield, finished in 10th, giving her a top 10 finish

for the last five years.

-Top three teams in AA boys were Stillwater (46), Edina (80) and Wayzata

(90). Individual winner was Wayde Hall, Stillwater (15:21.0)

-Top three teams in AA girls; Wayzata (50), Eagan (93) and Edina (129).

Maria Hauger, Shakopee, won her fourth consecutive, and falling one short of

the five consecutive wins by Carrie Tollefson (Dawson-Boyd).