Jalyn UfkinMcKenzie Ruether

Cross country teams had big week

While it might have taken longer than they hoped, the Canby-Minneota (C-M) boys’ cross country team is finally flexing their muscles. Thursday, they won a six-team meet at Luverne, besting the host school 29-39 with Pipestone in third at 63.

Flandreau, Adrian and Hendricks competed but didn’t have complete teams. C-M runner Anthony Wollum took a shot at first place but fell five seconds short as Brady Henning of Adrian won the meet in 17:40 and Wollum finished five seconds behind in second.

But the C-M runners had a good supporting cast with Alexander Full in sixth, Jalyn Ufkin in seventh and Jared Josephson in eighth. Zachary Hansen was the fifth C-M runner with Blake Stoks close behind.

Minneota sophomore Sean Dilley didn’t run. He’s nursing an injury.

In the girls’ race, “They got third. My two eighth graders (Grace Drietz and Delaney Houseman) got a rest for this meet and didn’t run,” said Coach Beth Jessen.

“It’s not the same without Grace,” Coach Jessen said about her top runner not competing in the race. With Drietz out, freshman McKenzie Ruether was the top C-M runner as the girls took third as Luverne won the meet. Ruether finished fourth in 20:56.5 as Luverne’s team of Tenley Nelson and Regan Feit finished first and second in 19:31.6 and 19:32.4.

Faith Traen was the second C-M runner in sixth place with Kalli Jelen in 13th; Makenzie Hemish in 22nd and Kameron King in 26th amongst the 54 runners in the meet.

Tuesday at Adrian

Canby-Minneota’s Grace Drietz got back in the race after taking a race off and took sixth place. She came in with a respectable time of 19:39.1 with teammate McKenzie Ruether right behind her in 11th place.

The girls finished third as Marshall swept the boys and girls meets. On the boys side, the Canby-Minneota squad finished way back in the pack in sixth place.

Anthony Wollum ran to 12th place in 17:39.3. Their second runner was Jared Josephson but he was back in the pack in 25th place. The Camden Conference meet is Monday at Cottonwood.

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