STMA runners Rachel King, Lizzy Heil go 1-2 at Apple Valley

The St. Michael-Albertville cross country teams were impressive at the Eagle Invitational at Apple Valley Saturday, Sept. 21, led by Rachel King and Lizzy Heil for the girls and Chase Cayo for the boys. Junior Rachel King became the Knight’s first-ever Apple Valley Invitational individual champion, with freshman Lizzy Heil in 2nd only 5 seconds back. Both King and Heil set personal best times of 14:29 and 14:34, respectively for the 4K, as they led the

Lady Knights to a 6th place team finish among 23 teams. “They push each other in workouts and push each other in races, they are very good for each other,” commented STMA assistant Heather Strait on King and Heil.

Junior Chase Cayo was impressive for the boys as he had a personal best time of 16:11 in placing 3rd overall in a tough field leading the STMA boys team to a 4th place team finish among 23 teams. Coach Greeno commented, “Rachel, Lizzy, and Chase were impressive in that they all had personal best times on a course that’s not a course where you run your best times, so for them to run that fast shows they had good races. With the 2 varsity races, 2 junior varsity races, and 2 freshmen races, we had a very good day overall considering all 6 races, maybe the best we have ever done in the tough competition they attract at this meet.”

Also scoring for the Knight girls was Belle Nyhus (38th place, 16:07), McKenna Rogers (69th-16:58), Abbie Herbst (72nd-16:59), Jaymie Hansen (100th-17:50) and Karson Sorby

106th-18:13). STMA’s JV Girls place 12th out of 22 teams led by Gabby Vetsch (84th-18:31).

On the boys side, also placing on varsity was: Jake Monseth (20th-17:12), Lukas Layton (34th-17:30), Dominic Shovelain (35th-17:30), Jackson Connelly (58th-17:53), Keith Jorgenson (89th-

18:22), and Christian Eiynck (93rd-18:28). Junior Jake Coulson led the JV Boys to a 7th place team finish out of 26 teams. Coulson placed 28th out of 483 finishers in a time of 18:31 for the 5K in the JV race.

On Thursday Sept. 26, the Knights sent their “second 7” to compete at a varsity race in Buffalo and placed 7th out of 14 teams. They were led by senior Alex Monseth who ran 18:38, a personal best, despite hot and windy conditions, not to mention a hilly course.

Sophomore Brian Colgrove was the number one JV runner for the Knight’s JV pacing STMA to a 3rd place team finish out of 15 teams. STMA’s “second 7” did not compete at the varsity level, but placed 6th out of 15 teams in the Girls JV race. Gabby Vetsch paced the team placing 29th overall in a time of 19:03.

The Knights next travel to the Swain Invitational in Duluth on Saturday October 5th and then compete in the Conference championships Tuesday, Oct. 15, at St. Francis.