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Bance, Gomez Run Well
By Bill Bentson
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 8:32 AM
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
-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).
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