AMERY—Both the Webster and Grantsburg cross country teams faced some strong competition at the Amery Invitational cross county meet last Tuesday.

The Webster girls didn’t field a complete team. Sam Nelson ran a time of 21:39 with Jenna Gomulak doing the same distance in 25:04 and Jeni Petersen in 27:59.

Said Webster coach Roy Ward of his charges, “Sam looked good and earned a sixth place medal with a time of 21:39. Jeni keeps improving and finished with her best time of 27:59. She keeps us smiling along the way.”

Coach Ward continues, “The HS Boys ran very well tonight (They came in 13th place as a team). We had all, but one athlete compete. It was AJ Flatten’s first race of the season. I give him credit for sticking out the isn’t much fun when you never get to race or you are broken. I’m happy he is able to get a couple races in. Sam Smith continues to get stronger. He ran his best time of 24:10. Danny Ingalls shaved a bunch of time off and finished with his best time of 24:34. Edwin has really been improving and was second on the team with his best time of 20:27. Aun improved by almost two more minutes with his best time of 31:09. It is nice to see the times coming down and boys pushing themselves.”

For Grantsburg, the team came in 14th place. Will Gerber had a time of 17:50, good for seventh place overall. Nate McKinley, Joey Duncan, Connor DeTienne, Mason Arnold, Jordan Janes and Brody Bongarts arrived in 87th through 92nd finish line placements.

Grace Gerber was fourth overall for the girls, 21:32. Behind her were Alexis Slater, Mirlande Brande, Savanna Trittelwitz, Belle Quimby, Hope McKinley and Susan Roberts.

After competing in the conference meet Tuesday at Unity, both Grantsburg and Webster will be a a warm up meet for the upcoming Sectional. The warm up meet is at South Shore on Thursday of this week. The Sectional meet is Oct. 20 at Iron River.

Boys starting time on the 20th is 1 p.m. with the girls beginning at 2 p.m.