Tigers use home course advantage
BY DAVID PEDERSEN
Delano cross country coach Borak Wiesner had his work cut out for him last week when he had to prepare for 600 runners at Lake Rebecca Park Reserve as the school played host to the Wright County Conference meet.
The coach also had to prepare his own runners in the meet that was expanded this year by two more teams. The boys race had 11 teams and the girls had 10.
The varsity events went as planned, according to Wiesner, who hoped the boys would place fourth and girls eighth, which is what happened.
“Hutchinson took the boys team title and Orono and Mound-Westonka were no surprises in second and third,” said Wiesner. “I was very happy to see us fourth, as the lack of a fifth high finisher has hampered the team’s efforts all season.”
Three Tiger boys earned All-Conference honors including sophomore Adam Armbruster (6), junior Sam Thomas (11) and eighth-grader Tucker Sjomeling (15). Sophomore Daniel Clark (17) just missed being All-Conference.
“Our score through the No. 4 guy was right with the top teams,” notes Wiesner. “But when the next score is 74th place, our team score just gets too big.”
After finishing last for two years, Wiesner said it was nice to see his girls team move up. Senior Sarah Trocke got out to a great start and finished just as strong to place 13th place to earn All-Conference honors.
Next came sophomore Emily Hartman (29), eighth-grader Shanie Steachek (38), sophomore Hanna Olstad and Madeline Sladek (57) as the top five scorers.
“At this point of the season it’s time to focus on getting individuals to the state meet as well as having a good team finish at sections,” adds the coach. “Traditionally, Delano squads really see a decrease in times from conference to sections. After such a good showing at the WCC, things look to be in place.”