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Thompson, Hanson pace Fairmont’s 2nd-place mark at Turkey Trot

Laura Thompson

WORTHINGTON — Laura Thompson and Macy Hanson packed a respective 2-3 scoring punch to pace the Fairmont Cardinals’ runner-up showing to Class A No. 3-ranked Murray County Central during Thursday’s Turkey Trot Invitational in Worthington.

Class A No. 2-ranked Amanda Overgaauw broke the tape in the 5,000-meter girls cross country race in a winning time of 18:16.1 to steer MCC to a first-place team total of 33 points.

Class AA No. 3-ranked Thompson garnered second-place individual accolades by running a time of 19:21.6 to earn the silver medal, while Hanson posted a mark of 19:30.2 to capture the bronze medal in engineering the Cardinals’ second-place team total of 43.

Carys Gudahl merited a top 10 showing by claiming ninth place with a time of 22:55.6 for Fairmont, while Audrina Suckow nailed down 13th place by crossing the finish line in 23:58.5.

Emma Gudahl completed the Cardinals’ counting scores by netting 16th with a time of 24:32.5.

Eleanor Hamlet pocketed 18th in 24:47.7, while Lily Higgins posted a time of 26:32.6 for the 24th team spot for Fairmont.

Rylee Maday (30:20.7) and Norah Traetow (36:30.9) rounded out the Cardinals’ performance.

“I was pleased with the way both our girls and boys teams packed it in tighter than in our previous meets,” said Fairmont head coach Bob Bonk. “The hilly course, very strong winds and unseasonably-hot temperatures (90 degrees) definitely proved difficult factors for some of the runners.”

In the boys’ competition, Will Niestrath paced the Fairmont lineup to a fourth-place score of 100 by earning 13th place overall. Niestrath covered the Prairie View Golf Course in 19:21.0.

Selvin Forsythe pocketed the 18th team spot with a 5K time of 19:36.5, while Gavin Artner contributed a 20th-place showing of 19:46.6.

Brier Lenort and Ben Moeller rounded out the Cardinals’ closely-grouped counting scores with respective times of 20:34.1 (24th) and 20:36.3 (25th).

Cooper Gudahl finished just two spots back of Moeller by taking 27th in 20:40.9, while Landon Weber netted 38th in 22:07.8.

Andrew Haugen (22:36.9) and Landon Pederson (25:44.0) completed the Cardinals’ performance in the race.

Fanuel Wolday won the boys’ 5K competition with a time of 17:13.0 to pace Worthington’s first-place team total of 25.

Ryan Pierson claimed second place in 17:34.4 to guide St. James Area to second place at 75, while Ofbeka Morke finished third overall in 17:42.6 to add scoring punch for the hometown Trojans.

Fairmont plays host to the Cardinal Invitational at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Cedar Creek Park in Fairmont.

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