Artcle Submitted by Nadine Schnettler
Wind and rain were uninvited guests at the 2006 Rocori Invitational cross-country meet held this past Thursday at River Oaks Golf Course in Cold Spring. The athletes endured some of the worst weather the season has to offer, with the exception of snow. Ten teams including Alexandria, Bemidji, Fergus Falls, Little Falls, Moorhead, Rocori, St. Francis, Sartell/St. Stephen, Sauk Rapids/Rice, and Tech competed, with Moorhead taking first in all six of the varsity, JV, and junior high events. Varsity girls were led by Caitlyn Dingmann in 10th place (16:28) and Caitlin Schnettler in 14th place (16:40) out of 69 runners. Varsity boys were led by Scott Fischer in 17th place (18:18) and Joel Gregory in 31st place (18:47) out of 67 runners. JV boys were led by Justin Boldt in 54th place (22:19) and Eric Folwarski in 60th place (22:26) out of 96 runners. Junior high girls were led by Raija Eskuri in 15th place (15:02) and Kristin Kotzer in 20th place (15:41) out of 51 runners. Junior high boys were led by Corey Krey in 8th place (12:55) and Jason Stice and Trek Frantti in 46th (14:41) and 47th (14:42) place out of 83 runners. Runners in the top ten places earned medals. Winning teams took home Cold Spring Bakery cakes so Moorhead had plenty to eat on the bus ride home.
Runners with season best times at the Rocori Invitational included: Brianna Larison, Katie Massmann, Mandy Heinen, Tracy Sklucazek, Kaia Lahr, Kirsten Meier, Kirsti Orbeck, Kate Dockendorf, Ellie Schorn, Trent Eisenbacher, Joel Gregory, Charlie Harren, Ross Brink, Joe Holan, Justin Boldt, Eric Folwarski, and Mike Holbrook. Tracy Skluzacek is the only Rocori runner who has performed at a season best level in all five meets this fall. Next closest to Tracy's record are Trent Eisenbacher, Adam Kollmann, Anton Young, Mike Holbrook, Brianna Larison, Katie Massmann, and Caitlin Schnettler with season best times in four out of five meets.
Comparing this year's times to last year's times on the same River Oaks course demonstrated many Rocori runners improved since last year; and some improved significantly. Runners with reduced times from last year include: Ross Brink (6:34), Ryan Meyer (4:26), Katie Massmann (2:05), Tracy Skluzacek (1:27), Mandy Heinen (1:19), Anton Young (1:05), Charlie Harren (1:00), Michaela Nordstrom (:37), Kristin Kotzer (:36), and Caitlin Schnettler (:20). These are great reductions considering the terrible weather conditions they encountered this year.
Our runners will be very busy this week with two meets on the schedule. Tuesday's meet starts at 4:10 PM in Albany (at the high school) and Thursday's meet starts at 4:30 PM in Paynesville (on Koronis Hills Golf Course). Let's hope they've all warmed up after the chill of last week and they perform to the best of their abilities.
Good luck runners!
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