The Ashby-Brandon-Evansville cross country teams are starting to get an idea of how they stack up against other programs this season after running in two meets.
The Chargers ran at Staples-Motley on Aug. 26 in some cool and rainy weather.
“Given the situation and the conditions, I was happy with their performance,” head coach Robert Bosma said. “We have been struggling with athletes being sick and/or hurt, but they warmed up great and ran hard. With most of the team new to cross country this year, it was really good to just get a meet in to see where everyone was at.”
Wes Siira led A-B-E at Staples-Motley by finishing 26th overall in 20:06. Jayden Hoidahl was 33rd (20:50.5), Blake Merritt was 45th (21:52.5), Titus Fuller 60th (23:37), Kian Gackle 66th (24:10.7) and Nathan Anderson rounded out the lineup in 70th (unrecorded time).
The girls varsity featured two runners as Sophia Martin was 59th in 30:31.4 and Lilly Evavold ran to 61st place in 32:30.8.
A-B-E’s second meet was in Wadena on Sept. 3 where the boys finished fifth out of 14 teams. That’s right about where Bosma was hoping they would be.
“The guys ran hard and they were determined,” Bosma said. “Each guy ran a great race, and I was extremely excited about how they finished. It was disappointing that Parkers Prairie got us by two points to take fourth place, but their team ran really well and it will give us more motivation for next Monday in Long Prairie.”
Siira again led the team, this time in 20th place with a time of 19:31.4. Abram Fossel was 27th in 20:08.06 and Hoidahl was not far behind in 29th place (20:18.6). Logan Froemming was 32nd (20:32.3), Merritt 49th (21:37.1), Fuller 68th (23:06) and Micah Fossel rounded out the lineup in 74th place (23:31.6).
Kiatta Korkowski led the A-B-E girls by taking 65th place in 31:58.9, and Martin rounded out the varsity runners for the team in 66th place with a time of 32:42.2.