The stellar season for Viktor Knigge continues.
The St. Croix Falls senior finished seventh at the Osceola Invitational Sept. 18 as 187 runners competed.
Knigge ran a time of 17 minutes, 38.2 seconds, less than 25 seconds away from third place.
Osceola’s Quinn McDonald claimed first place individually at 16:43.7. Grantsburg’s Will Gerber was second 13 seconds behind. Park Cottage Grove’s Parker Hahn was third at 17:15.3.
Osceola had four runners place in the top 20 to win the team title with 83 points. Grantsburg was second with 93. Holmen took third at 119. The Saints finished 12th with 305.
After Knigge, Tristan Hanson was 59th (19:46.1), followed by Kenneth Miner, who was two seconds behind. Chase Lessard placed 81st (21:16.8) with Connor Dyzak rounding out the Saints scoring with a 98th place finish (22:51.3).
Meanwhile for the girls, they finished 10th with 275 points.
Ilie Jensen was the top Saints runner as she placed 28th (23:24.5). Sierra Braund was next in 33rd place (23:37). Hadley Bainbridge finished 56th (25:00). Alise Wiehl posted a time of 26:10, good enough for 70th place. Aleah Jensen completed a time of 29:34, which placed her 88th.
Mahtomedi had four runners place in the top 13 to win the team title with 62 points. Holmen was second with 83, followed by Osceola’s 93.
Minnehaha Academy’s freshman Greta Gesick claimed the individual title at 19:59.7, edging Osceola’s Rachel Ulrich by 11 seconds. St. Croix Central’s Kaitlyn Carlson earned a third place finish at 20:23.9.
Knigge posts top 15 finish at Rice Lake
With 26 schools and nearly 200 runners competing in the Rice Lake Invitational Sept. 14, the meet provided a good indicator for where individuals and teams stood.
So, for Viktor Knigge to earn a top 15 finish is a good sign.
Knigge posted a time of 17 minutes, 48.93 seconds.
“We are working hard in practices to improve conditioning and strength,” said coach Amy Klein. “The meets have been excellent opportunities to learn how to race. Times have been dropping. Viktor Knigge has had two impressive performances with challenging goals in mind.”
Tristan Hanson was the next Saints runner in 89th place (19:29.77). Kenneth Miner placed 96th (19:37). Chase Lessard finished 131st (20:56) and Connor Dyzak rounded out the St. Croix Falls scoring in 157th place (23:16.35).
The Saints finished 18th overall with 488 points. Osceola had four runners in the top 25 to win the team title with 92 points. Hudson took second with 116. New Richmond placed third at 131.
Osceola’s Quinn McDonald claimed the individual title at 16:23.43, edging Grantsburg’s Will Gerber by four seconds. McDonell Central’s Dan Anderson was third at 16:36.17.
For the girls, Sierra Braund’s time of 23:15.74 led the Saints to a 61th place finish. Ilie Jensen was next in 68th place (23:32.27). Hadley Bainbridge was 92nd (24:47.95). Alise Wiehl was 117th (26:12.98) and Aleah Jensen rounded out the St. Croix Falls scoring in 153th (29:45.54).
Menomonie’s Isabella Jacobsen was the individual champion at 18:07.34, more than a minute faster than New Richmond’s Marah Benedict. Eau Claire North’s Katie Rassbach took third.
Menomonie had all five runners in the top 16 to claim the team title with 52 points. Amery was second with 134. Rice Lake took third with 154.
“We hoped to maintain focus and mental toughness in the huge field of runners, and this was achieved,” Klein said.