Eden Prairie cross country (EPXC) ran hard in a highly competitive field at the Lake Conference Championship on Oct. 13. The Eagles placed third overall behind first-place Wayzata and second-place Minnetonka at Gale Woods Farm in Mound.
Head coach Courtney Brandon said, “It was a solid day for our Lake Conference Championships, with many of our kids running season or personal bests!”
The Eagles continued to improve as they took on the competition.
In the Lake Conference meet, girls varsity placed sixth as a team. The top three EPXC finishers pulled off personal best times: sophomore Sarah Williams (19:24), junior Berit Berggren (19:25), and freshman Katie Metzger (20:19)
Girls JV also placed sixth as a team, led by senior captain Maggie Lobsinger who ran a personal best of 22:34.
Boys varsity placed third as a team, led by all-conference runners senior captain Will Ross (16:21) and sophomore Elijah Donaldson (16:36). Brandon noted a “breakthrough performance” from junior Jameson Drieslein, who ran 16:42.
Boys JV placed second as a team. “Big win by sophomore Nathaniel Thomas who ran 16:58 in a personal best time,” Brandon said.
Lefty Wright and Sectionals are next week
The team is now looking forward to their final meets as the season draws to a close.
Athletes not competing in the upcoming sectional championships will run in the Lefty Wright Grade Level Race, to be held on Monday, Oct. 24, at Bassett Creek Park in Plymouth.
Brandon said the meet “is an opportunity for the top JV runners in the area to race against other runners in their age group. It will be fun to see our athletes finish their season in a race where they are competing against the area’s top junior varsity runners!”
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, EPXC’s top seven runners will compete in the Section 2AAA Championship Meet at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista.
The top two teams in that meet, plus the top six individual runners not on qualifying teams, will qualify for the state meet. That will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Brandon said, “Our student-athletes have been working all summer and fall to prepare for this meet. We are so proud of this group, and they are ready to run fast and compete as a team. We are excited to see what they can accomplish and are hoping to get as many student-athletes to the state meet as possible.”
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