The boys cross country team competed at today’s South Suburban Conference Championship with several strong performances. Much of the excitement and change in standings took place over the final mile of today’s race at, beginning with the Lightning’s lead runner, senior Gabe Mahlen, who went out in the lead group of three runners (Prior Lake & Rosemount). Through the first mile the group stayed close, but over the second mile the pack dropped the Rosemount runner and the race became a dual between the two Gabe’s. Unfortunately, an injury 2.5 miles into the race prevented Mahlen from finishing. However, had he been able to complete the last mile in a half the Lightning would finish second behind Prior Lake, having beaten every other team in the conference throughout season.
Behind Mahlen were juniors Hunter Dunne and Nate Getman who ran a brave race chasing the lead pack of three throughout the first two miles and running ahead of the chase pack. At the 2.25 mi mark the chase pack was able to catch these two who continued to battle over the final 1200m of the race to finish in 6th and 10th place in their wave (10th and 15th respectively when compared with all of today’s waves), and earn all-conference honors. Senior Sam Setterlund was the 4th runner on the day having spent most of the first two miles leading the chase pack behind Dunne and Getman. Senior Grant Piller followed at the back of this chase pack until the final mile when the pack put on a big push and started opening up gaps on the competition. Piller was able to maintain his composure (and form), putting on a strong sprint finish to edge past three runners from Rosemount to help seal second place for the Lightning and earn all-conference honorable mention honors.
Rounding out the scoring seven were sophomore Jack Hanson who also earned honorable mention honors and junior Max Leach.
In the JV race the Lightning were lead by junior PJ Lasota who had his strongest race of the year. Other scoring JV members were seniors Cade Kloss and Gabe Chambers, sophomores Ian Young and Thomas Adamson, and juniors Ethan Taylor and Ethan Agoranos. Freshman Charles Matthews was one of the few runners to run a PR on today’s course, breaking 20 minutes for the first time.
The Lightning are next in competition on Oct. 15th at the Section 3AA championships
For complete results please visit our schedule/results page