The Ashby-Brandon-Evansville cross country teams keep rolling. The boys took first place at the Wadena meet on Thursday night, while the girls finished in third.
Hunter Norby led all runners for the third time this season with a time of 18:23.6. Micah Fossell took fourth (19:33.6) with Sully Wales (19:34.1) and Wes Siira (19:44.8) right behind him in fifth and sixth place.
Logan Froemming, who has been battling an injury, was the fifth A-B-E runner to cross the finish line with a time of 19:51. Jayden Hoidahl (19:53.5) and Matson Hoff (20:32.3) followed Froemming with Jaden (20:41.8) Norby not far behind.
“We had six guys running in a pack, and four of them had personal records,” head coach Robert Bosma said. “They used each other’s energy and took control of the race from the beginning. Logan Froemming has been suffering from a leg injury that has held him back, but he finally looked loose on the course, and we expect his time to start dropping. Matson Hoff is another one whose form is really starting to come together. He is able to start relaxing his shoulders and lengthen his stride. This allows him to make improvements in each race.”
Lucea Wales led all A-B-E girls with a sixth-place finish (23:39.1). Hannah Korkowski ran in her first varsity race of the season and took 11th (24:31.0).
“She had been looking great in practice, so we wanted to see where she was with a 5K,” Bosma said. “She ended up being second for our team, and she’s still learning when she needs to surge and attack the course.”
Gretchen Bredberg (25:55.4) finished in 15th with Courtney Brethorst (26:13.0) and Cailey Schlosser 27:18.7) not far behind in 18th and 21st.
“Gretchen Bredberg was another who ran a great race,” Bosma said. “At one point in the race, Courtney was struggling, and Gretchen slowed down to help her through it and finish. Though Gretchen could have run a better time, her leadership and character proved her value to this team.”