Milaca, led by seventh-grade twins Abigale and Allison Mathison and veteran senior Julia Putz, won the girls championship at the annual Pine City Cross Country Invitational Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Pine City Country Club.
The Wolves, with runners placing sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 17th in the team scoring, finished with a score of 47 points.
North Branch was second with a score of 69 while Mora was third at 84, Pine City was fourth at 100 and Hermantown was fifth at 106. Moose Lake was sixth at 138, Mille Lacs Area placed seventh at 152, Foley was eighth at 186 and Brahan, East Central, Hinckley-Finlayron, Rush City and Zimmerman entered incomplete teams.
“The girls were super excited to get a victory,” said coach Joe Wildman. “Now, they can start races with the confidence that they have a chance as a team.
“They had a very impressive race.”
Abigale Mathison placed sixth, seventh overall, with a time of 16:41 over the 4,000-meter course. Allison Mathison was seventh, eighth overall, with a time of 16:46, and Putz was eighth, ninth overall, in 16:53.
Sophomore Alex Ploeger was ninth, 12th overall, in 17:05 and sophomore Irina Danilyuk placed 17th, 20th overall, in 17:44.
Senior Kaija Crowe was 26th, 37th overall, in 18:41, and sophomore Carmen Nelson was 41st, 55th overall, in 20:19.
Rhianna Reinke of North Branch won the race in 14:59 while Bethany Coop of Mora was second in 15:51, Casey Hovland of North Branch placed third in 16:24 and Abby Cummins of Pine City was fourth in 16:34.
Junior Cameron Sundberg paced Milaca’s boys as he finished fifth over 5,000 in the boys race, with a time of 17:59, the same time as fourth-place finisher Ryan Keron.
Sophomore Jacob Riebel was 24th in 19:24, sophomore Bennett Lerund was 51st in 29:37, sophomore Thomas Dray Ferry was 66th in 22.00.
Foley’s Charlie Lawrence won the boys title in 16:03, with Noah Moravec of Mora placing second in 17:53.
Mora won the boys team title with a score of 54 points. North Branch was second at 72, Foley placed third at 81, Hermantown was fourth at 99 and Pine City was fifth at 116.
The Wolves also won the title in the girls junior high race, with a score of 24. North Branch was second at 32, Mora was third at 46 and Foley was fourth at 54.
Milaca eighth-grader Emma Bolt placed fourth in 8:41 over 2,000 meters, eighth-grader Brandhi Whittemore was fifth in 9:03, eighth-grader Hailey Stobb was 12th in 9:32 and eighth-grader Kalina Warner was 23rd in 10:29.
Kellie Schmidt of Mille Lacs won the individual title in 8:25.
Milaca placed second in the 5,000-meter girls junior varsity race with a score of 45. Mora was first with a score of 40 while North Branch was third at 61 and Braham was fourth at 71.
Ninth-grader Mariah Palmquist led the Wolves as placed second in 18:49 while ninth-grader Lizzy Fordyce was fifth in 19:45 and junior Ellen So was seventh in 20:11. Junior Leah Bergantzel was 2rd in 23:09, sophomore Dana Petty was 28th in 24:13 and sophomore Jesa Spry was 29th in 24:36.
Haley Huset of North Branch won the race in 16:42.
The Wolves also placed second in the boys junior high race. Mora won the title with a score of 18 while Milaca was second at 41 and Foley was third at 62.
Eighth-grader Zach Korvela led Milaca as he placed seventh in 7:40 over 2,000 meters. Eighth-grader Sam Petty was eighth in 7:47, eighth-grader Gabe Petty was ninth in 7:48, eighth-grader Brett Husman placed 17th in 8:13, and eighth-grader Mitch Garber was 19th in 8:16.
Jared Greenberg of Mora won the race in 7:22.
Milaca travels to Pierz for the Pioneer Stampede Monday, Sept. 17, at the Pierz Golf Course at 4:15 p.m.
The Milaca Mega Meet is Saturday, Sept. 22, at Stones Throw Golf Course, with the opening race at 10 a.m.