Fairmont cross country runs to 4th, 5th at Turkey Trot
WORTHINGTON — The Fairmont boys cross country team utilized an effective “pack” running strategy to capture fourth place at the Turkey Trot cross country invitational on Thursday, while Macy Hanson and Carys Gudahl each produced top 10 showings to steer the Cardinal girls lineup to fifth place.
Windom Area’s Kaylee Walklin and Hanson proved the only girls runners to eclipse the 20-minute mark to produce respective first- and second-place times of 18:48.32 and 19:38.73 overall.
Hanson’s runner-up individual performance topped Fairmont’s fifth-place total of 100 — just two points behind fourth-place Adrian/Ellsworth.
Gudahl captured 10th place overall by crossing the finish line at Prairie View Golf Course in Worthington with a time of 21:57.09, while Fairmont teammate Kendra Blomster generated 15th place individually by posting a mark of 22:46.37.
Gwyneth Schultz claimed 30th place overall with a time of 24:34.44 for the Cardinals, while Brooklyn Stone came off the injured reserve list to nail down the final counting score of 56th in 27:49.16.
Rylee Maday contributed a 59th-place time of 28:00.19 to Fairmont’s effort, while Elizabeth Hart finished in 71st place by crossing in 30:21.2.
Murray County Central/Fulda edged Pipestone Area, 65-67, to pocket the Turket Trot’s girls team championship, while Springfield/Cedar Mountain netted third at 82.
Gavin Artner and Brier Lenort placed ninth and 10th overall, respectively, to steer the Fairmont boys squad to a fourth-place team total of 85.
Windom Area collected the boys’ team championship with a score of 55, Murray County Central/Fulda netted runner-up honors at 66.
Fanuel Wolday powered the host Trojans to third place with 68 points. Wolday crossed the 5K race’s finish line in a winning time of 15:28.93, while St. James Area’s Levi Miest earned runner-up honors with a time of 16:31.63.
Artner and Lenort cracked the top 10 individual standings by covering the Prairie View Golf Course in respective times of 17:33.96 and 17:34.13.
Jaydon Putney and Cooper Gudahl, along with Fairmont teammates Will Niestrath and Andrew Haugen continued the pack-running philosophy by each tandem finishing back-to-back overall.
Putney claimed 20th place overall in 18:04.25, while Gudahl pocketed 21st individually with a time of 18:18.85.
Niestrath generated 25th place overall by crossing the finish line in 18:48.39, while Haugen was one spot back in 18:49.46.
Landon Weber turned in a solid showing of 18:57.58 to place 30th for the Cardinals, Braydon Lindsay finished 35th in 19:43.27, while Ben Moeller broke the top 40 in 37th overall with a time of 19:58.33.
Isaac Stone ran a 20:17.72 to net 44th overall for Fairmont, Sebastian Castro was 69th in 22:07.95, Landen Pederson was 83rd in 24:12.73, Matthew Senneff chipped in a 90th place time of 25:32.36, while Eli Winter placed 92nd in 26:08.87.
Fairmont’s boys lineup competes in the Roy Griak Invitational at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the University of Minnesota, while the Cardinal girls team is scheduled for a 3:45 p.m. start.