GRANTSBURG––The Cross Country season is underway and both area schools were represented at the annual Carlyle Sherstad Memorial Invitational.
On the boys side, Grantsburg had two finishers end the day with podium results. Sophomores Chase Doornink, 18:39, and Will Gerber, 19:08, placed second and third at the invite last Thursday.
Team results show Grantsburg finished in second place and Webster finished in sixth.
“We are not running at full strength,” Webster coach Roy Ward said after the meet.
“Off to a tough start for many who have some ailing injuries or not if very good shape. Neither of which are very fun.”
Ward said of Junior, Edwin Janssen, “Great attitude and work ethic. He has improved quite a bit from last year. He placed 16th with a time of 22:08.”
Sophomore AJ Flatten finished 32nd overall with a time of 31:19.
“AJ was second on the team and finished a good race for him,” Ward said.
Ward continued with the results from the girls.
“Jenna (Gomulak) earned a medal,” Ward commented. “I have always thought that was quite an accomplishment at a tough course like Grantsburg, especially early in the season. Jenna was 10th with a time of 27:15.
Webster Junior Emily Dorriott finished two spots behind her team mate with a time of 27:57.
“This was Emily's first CC race. She did very well,” Ward said.
“Also new to the team is Grace (McCool.) It is nice to have both these girls on the team. Dahlia (Dorn) moved up from the MS to run her first HS race. All of these girls and many of the boys have their first meet at Grantsburg in the books.”
The Grantsburg Girls team finished in third place overall. Freshman Ayla Meyer finished in third place with a time of 25:59. Senior runner Hope McKinely took 9th place with freshman teammate Cassidy Troff finishing in 10th place at 29:11.
Both schools next meet will be the Spooner Invite on Thursday Sept. 5.