Varsity Cross Country Girls take fifth place at Marathon Invitational meet
Varsity Boys take 11th; Grunenwald takes third place overall for PRMS runners
TINA L. SCOTT
On Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, the Merrill Varsity Cross Country Team traveled to the Nine Mile Recreation Area to compete at the Marathon Invitational meet.
“It was a very hot and humid day, so I was worried that it would be a tough race day for our students,” said Alyssa Swan, Head Merrill High School Cross Country Coach.
“The Boys Team struggled to keep a good team score with a point value of 256, earning an 11th place team score,” she said. “Leading for the team was Elliott Hanson with a time of 20:42.”
Following behind him for Merrill and making up the rest of the Varsity Boys Team, Ian Scheutze came in at 21:41, followed by Logan Knospe (23:16), Kaden Schwandt (23:33), Caleb Norton (23:52), Jacob Mueller (24:09.0), and Parker Klebenow (24:09.5).
“The Girls Team had a better day, teamwise, with a score of 135 and a 5th place team score overall,” Swan said.
Breannon Herdt led the Merrill Girls with a time of 26:02. Next in for Merrill was Alanna Rogers (27:56.4), followed by Danielle Schielke (27:56.9), Madison Crossman (28:01), Olivia Bares (28:58), Robin Schmidt (30:56), and Gracie VanVuren (31:03).
PRMS Cross Country
“The Prairie River Middle School (PRMS) Cross Country team was also at the Marathon Invitational meet,” Swan said. “The middle school team typically runs a two-mile race, while the high school team runs 3.1 miles (5k).”
Leading for the PRMS Boys Team, Erik Grunenwald came in with a time of 12:08 and earned a third place overall finish, she said. Next in for the PRMS Boys was Korbet Ravn (16:32), followed by Davin Harder (19:32), Callin Franzen (20:22), and Preston Schmidt (26:17).
Olivia Schmidt was first in for the PRMS Girls with a time of 15:02. Karlee Ravn came in at 16:12, followed by Charlotte VanDerNest (16:17), Evyn Schmitz (16:40), Darby Bonnell (17:03), Madlyn Hunter (17:06), Natalia Woller (18:39), Alexis Schneider (22:33), and Caylinn VanDerNest (23:41).