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Cross country: Runners keep momentum going

When the Rosemount girls cross country team ran in the Maroon race of the Roy Griak Invitational two weeks ago, it ended with a first-place finish.

The Gold race, which the boys competed in, is considered the stronger race.

But last week at Owatonna, the boys and girls runner each kept the momentum going from the Roy Griak meet.

The girls, came back to place second at Owatonna. The boys also earned a second-place finish.

"The girls did a great job bouncing back from the longer 5K race at the Griak to post a solid finish behind a strong Winona team," Rosemount coach Chris Harder said. "We had the fastest combined team than any team we have ever had on this course. Our previous best was in 2002 and that top five all later competed in college."

Meanwhile, the boys team had all of its scoring runners under 17 minutes, 30 seconds, and one JV runner bested the mark as well.

"We continue to find bright spots for this year and the future," Harder said. "Two freshmen under 17:30 is outstanding and shows the potential they have to help this year and in the future."

Leading the way for the girls was Tori Grund, who placed eighth with a time of 15:39.8. Ellen Fischer was one place behind, ninth, with a 15:40.3.

Also running were Ashley Comstock (15th, 15:48.7), Kelsey Magnuson (25, 16:07.5), Erica Jackson (37, 16:19.9), Bridget Burkard (40, 16:21.0), and Emily Davis (42, 16:21.7)

Chris Massey again was the top boys finisher for the Irish. He placed fourth, crossing the line in 16:31.

Adding to the second-place finish were Abasher Abasher (21, 17:13.2), Andrew Comstock (29, 17:20.8), Chandler Dye (30, 17:24.7), Nathan Rock (32, 17:28.0), Phil Levine (39, 17:37.4) and Adam Sommers (44, 17:46.6)

Rosemount's Kyle Mills won the JV boys race and Kaitlyn DeBaun won the girls race JV.