BY DAVE PEDERSEN
If expectations continue on track, the Delano boys cross country team could contend for a trip to the state meet in early November.
Coach Boak Wiesner expected his boys to finish second at last week’s Wright County Conference cross country went in Cokato. He also figured that Hutchinson would take the title, which it did, based on having five runners place in the top eight.
Delano was 41 points behind with four runners earning All-Conference honors by placing in the top 10. Junior Adam Armbruster finished third, followed by senior Sam Thomas seventh, ninth-grader Tucker Sjomeling ninth and junior Daniel Clark in 10th. Also running on varsity was Logan Rieder (41), Matt Ditty (59) and Ben Rietow (71).
The Tiger girls were led by seventh-grader Naomi Eskola, who placed 27th, earning All-Conference Honorable Mention honors in her first year of varsity cross country.
Next came Linsey Tolkkinen (36), Emily Hartman (41), Hanna Olstad (48), Lauren Degn (49), Madeline Sladek (52) and Ellen Armbruster (57).
The section meet is set for Thursday, Oct. 24 in Buffalo. Wiesner says the typical pattern for Delano teams is that conference goes all right, but then sections goes fabulously. He adds, “With this in mind, the guys have a definite shot at state, but it will take the best races of their lives up to that point.”
Tennis season ends
Delano captured an eighth-straight conference cross country team championship, but the young team did not advance anyone to the state meet.
The team was eliminated by Chanhassen. The best chance to get to state was by the doubles team of Cassy Finn and Tayler Hedtke, given the No. 2 seed at the section individual tourney. The Tigers beat Orono but lost to Minnetonka in the semifinals.
The doubles team of Alex Schreyer and Katie Schleif lost to Eden Prairie in the first round. Singles players Ginger Valentine and Katie Bonine lost in the first round.
“The girls had a great season,” said coach Kim Finn about her young team that included four ninth-graders in the four singles positions. “It was a great season and we accomplished more than what I could expect from such a young team.”
The only seniors are Finn, Schreyer, Hailey Hunter and Hayley Griffiths.