Cougars place five runners in top 18
Lakeville South placed five runners in the top 18 and won the girls team championship at the Victoria Lions Invitational cross country meet Tuesday afternoon.
The seventh-ranked Cougars beat several teams that are ahead of them in this week’s state Class AA poll. No. 6 Chanhassen finished second at the Victoria Lions meet, while No. 5 Eden Prairie placed fifth. Edina, No. 3 in the state rankings, finished ninth in Tuesday’s meet but did not run its top lineup after competing in a 5,000-meter race at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday.
Runners from Lakeville North, Farmington, Burnsville and Eagan also ran in Tuesday’s meet at the Chaska Par 30 golf course.
Lakeville South had 63 points, 38 fewer than Chanhassen. Chanhassen had the top two individual finishers, but its next runner came in 23rd. By then, five Cougars had finished their races.
South junior Kaytlyn Larson was sixth overall in the girls 4,000-meter race in 14 minutes, 53.6 seconds. Sophomore Julia Durham (15:07.5) and junior Annie Brekken (15:08.3) were 11th and 12th. Senior Erin Kilbride was 16th in 15:21.3, and Jenny Machaj, another senior, took 18th in 15:23.1. Eighth-grader Bailey Brewster finished 41st.
Lakeville North finished seventh of 21 girls teams, with eighth-graders Danielle Bellino and Makenzie Teague placing 10th and 22nd.
Seventh-grader Lauren Peterson finished 15th for Farmington, which was eighth in the team competition.
Stillwater, the third-ranked team in Class AA, won the boys championship at the Victoria Lions Invitational. Sun Thisweek area teams competing included Lakeville North (fifth), Burnsville (11th), Farmington (13th), Lakeville South (14th) and Eagan (15th).
Lakeville North junior Justin Hanson was 21st in the 5,000-meter boys race in 16:46.6. Luke Anderson (31st) and Jason Windhorn (35th) also finished among the top 50 individuals.
Burnsville senior Ali Ahmed finished seventh in 16:09.8. Dillon Wong, a sophomore, was 28th.
Farmington junior Justin Hyytinen was second in the Victoria Lions meet just three days after running at the Roy Griak Invitational. He had a time of 15:56.8 at the Victoria meet and was runner-up to Hutchinson senior Isaiah Barlow.
Wali Ibrahim was 11th in 16:17.8 to lead Lakeville South. Eagan’s top runner was senior Dan Podpeskar, who finished 45th.
South Suburban Conference teams will have their conference meet Oct. 11 at Eagan High School.