When Rockford enters the Central Minnesota Conference cross country meet Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Pierz, the school will be fielding a full girl’s team for the first time this season.
Primarily two Rocket runners, Lydia Buffie and Emily Pothast, have represented a young varsity team. Other runners were gaining valuable experience at the junior varsity or middle school meets or were slowed by injuries.
Elizabeth Nelson and Eliza Shedlov will work varsity for the first time at Pierz.
Coach Jason Hester hopes his boys team can contend with Holdingford and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.
Hester said Nick Klonne, Ty Griffin, Austin Witthuhn and Drew Hafften continue to improve their times from meet to meet.
Brannon Winters has done well also, but a minor injury at Duluth last Saturday slowed him down. He is pushed by Nico VanDanacker for the fifth spot.
In Duluth, the boys placed 16 out of 25 in the A division, running in cold and snow showers. Nelson placed 14th in the Middle School Division for the girls.