Viktor Knigge had an impressive start for the St. Croix Falls cross country boys team. 

Knigge finished sixth at the Sherstad Memorial Invitational season opener in Grantsburg Aug. 26. He had a time of 19 minutes, 8.5 seconds. 

Grantsburg’s Will Gerber earned low honors with a time of 17:38.0, followed by teammate Chase Doornink. Unity’s Mason Brown was third at 18:15.3.

“This group is fueled by pure grit,” SCF coach Amy Klein said. “They love competition whether real racers or the clock. I’m looking forward to an exciting season – with every race they will only stand to get stronger.” 

Kenneth Miner was the next Saints runner with a time of 20:48.6, good enough for 16th place. Chase Lessard finished 27th (21:52.3). Kellen Kelly was 45th (24:43.6) and Trey Anderson took 47th (24:58.8). 

Miner, Lessard, Kelly and Anderson were making their debuts, Klein added. 

“Kelly and Anderson formed a solid pack that drove them through the many hills and allowed for a hard, fast finish,” Klein said. 

Mound-Westonka claimed the boys title with 37, followed by Grantsburg’s 39. Unity was third at 86. The Saints took fourth at 109. 

Meanwhile, for the girls only had four runners. Freshmen Ilie Jensen led the Saints as she finished 11th, missing a top 10 finish by two seconds. Sierra Braund was next at 19th (26:49.3). Hadley Bainbridge took 23rd (27:21.9) and Alise Wiehl finished 27th (29:57.6). 

Unity’s Ann Boland was first place individually at a time of 21:33.5. Mound-Westonka’s Laura Sunnarborg took second (22:21.7) and Audrey Kirscht finished third (23:23.9). 

Mound-Westonka claimed the team title with 15. Prairie Farm was second at 60 and Grantsburg took third at 64. 

“It’s great to get the first meet of every season out of the way,” Klein said. “Now, we have a baseline to work from, an understanding team make-up and a season of great running to look forward to.” 

 

    

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