BY DAVID PEDERSEN
Finishing 65th at the State Class AA boys cross country meet does not tell the whole story of success for Delano’s Adam Armbruster.
The race was so fast that the sophomore ran his best time ever by a long shot and still was not near the front runners.
“Now that I’ve had a chance to look over the times form the past meets, Adam ran over a half a minute faster than any Delano boy state qualifier has ever done and still finished 65th,” said coach Borak Wiesner about the meet conducted Saturday in Northfield.
Wiesner said Armbruster’s goal of a personal best time and top 20 finish was based on last year’s times run at state.
“Adam got out well, maybe even too well,” said Wiesner, noting it was perfect running conditions. “When Adam heard his mile time, he told me later that in his head he started thinking he had gone out too fast and let it get to him a little, that he might die at the end.”
At the two-mile mark, Armbruster was at 10:19, which is just about what he ran on the track last spring.
“So he was moving,” adds Wiesner. “Even with that fast time there were a lot of guys in front of him under 10 minutes, which shows just how fast the race was overall.”
Armbruster was still strong for the last mile and passed a bunch of runners in the last minute. The Tiger runner finished in 16:31.7.
“Comparatively, Adam beat all the guys on two of the teams combined, including section champion Orono, which finished 12th,” said Wiesner. “Our section champ from Chaska, Joey Duerr, just smoked it, placing fourth overall.”
Looking ahead to next year, there were 31 seniors ahead of Armbruster, so on paper he could finish 34th, the coach speculated.
“Adam is nothing but a rookie,” adds Wiesner about his sophomore sensation. “With some more training and with the experience of the state meet under his belt, he can look to improve significantly.”
Wiesner said to keep your fingers crossed since his boys team returns the top four runners and could have a shot to advance to state as a team. The coach would like to have “just one more kinda fast guy at Sections to have a legitimate chance to qualify for state.”