Sunday, September 13, 2015

Wayzata XC Runners Alumni Report - Week Ending 9/13/2015

Welcome to the Wayzata High School Alumni Cross Country Report for the week ending September 13, 2015. Let's take a quick tour around the country to see how Wayzata graduates are faring for their colleges.

Note: This story will be updated as the weekend progresses. Please check back for updates. In addition, if you have a Wayzata alum athlete that is missing from this story, please email me
with updates so I can include them. Also, these will be posted as time permits. There are weeks I will not be able to post updates.

True Freshmen:
(Note - Some of these freshmen may yet be red-shirted for the season)

Ian Eklin (Class of '15) - University of Iowa

Competed at the Illinois State Invitational on 9/11 in Normal, IN. Ian was 47th overall, and 9th for Iowa.

Team Recap

Full Results


Iowa returns to action October 2 with the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.

Anna French (Class of '15) - West Virginia


West Virginia University’s cross country team traveled to University Park, Pennsylvania, to compete at the PSU Spiked Shoe Invitational on 9/11. Anna did not compete. 

Team Recap

Full Results





297 flags along the finish line at the Spiked Shoe Invtl. representing the 2,977 lost on 9/11


Thomas Lerdall (Class of '15) - St. Olaf

Competed at the Alumni 5K at the St Olaf Cross Country Trails 9/12. Thomas finished 12th overall and was the #9 runner for the team.

Team Recap

Full Results


Connor Olson (Class of '15) - University of Minnesota

Competed at the Oz Memorial on 9/11 held at Les Bolstad golf course. 

Team Recap

Full Results

Quote: "Minnesota's four newcomers competed unattached on Friday night in their collegiate debuts. Connor Olson finished seventh in 19:13.0, Joey Duerr came in 15th at 19:40.6, Shane Streich finished 18th in 19:48.3 and Evan Ferlic came across the line at 19:51.9 to finish 20th."




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Jack Prazich (Class of '15) - Santa Clara (CA)

Next competes at the San Francisco Quad Invite on 9/17.












Red-Shirt Freshmen:

McKenna Evans (Class of '14) - University of Nevada

Next competes on 9/19 at the Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park in Seattle.












Sophomores:

Aaron Breyer (Class of '14) - South Dakota

Next competes at the Roy Griak Invitational on 9/26.












Mary Franke (Class of '14) - Colorado State


Next competes at the Roy Griak Invitational on 9/26.












Annika Halverson (Class of '14) - Bethel (MN)


Competed at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invite. The women's 6000-meter race was held at the Kilkarney Hills golf course in River Falls, WI. Annika placed 3rd overall, and her 6K time of 22:27 would place her 13th in the nation as of 9/12 (all college levels; reported MileSplit times). 

Full Results






River Falls XC Meet - Falcon Invitational — with Halle MarrNikki BetzlerRachel Needham and Annika Halverson.


Juniors:

Adam Brandt (Class of '13) - University of St. Thomas

Next competes at the St. Olaf Invite on 9/19.












Lauren Farquhar (Class of '13) - Bethany Lutheran College (MN)


Lauren placed sixth overall at the Dutch Invitational held on 9/5 in Pella, IA. At that time, her 6K time of 25:47 lead all MN women for that distance.

Full Results

Next competes at the St. Olaf Invite on 9/19.







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Seniors:

Mata Agre (Class of '12) - Gustavus


Competed at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invite. The women's 6000-meter race was held at the Kilkarney Hills golf course in River Falls, WI. Mata finished 14th overall. 

Team Recap

Full Results

Quote: "Mata Agre (Sr., Medina, Minn.) (23:45.65), Lydia Hayes (So., Decorah, Iowa) (23:45.76), and Lotus Schifsky (Fy., Prescott, Wis.) (23:46.05) formed a formidable pack in the middle and rounded out the Gustie scoring, placing 14th, 15th, and 16th, respectively."



Marit Sonnesyn (Class of '13) - Gustavus


Competed at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invite. The women's 6000-meter race was held at the Kilkarney Hills golf course in River Falls, WI. Marit finished 6th overall. 

Team Recap


Full Results


Quote: "Seniors Lauren Shurson (Chanhassen, Minn.) and Marit Sonnesyn (Plymouth, Minn.) led the Gusties on the afternoon. Shurson finished in fifth place with a time of 22:41.71, while Sonnesyn was right behind her, placing sixth in 22:44.77.



“Lauren and Marit are doing a great job in leading our team, said Bahr. “I’m proud of how they’ve both stepped up…they’ve been great role models for our younger runners.”



Halverson & Sonnesyn battle late in the race.

Josh Thorson (Class of '12) - UW-Eau Claire

Next competes at the St. Olaf Invite on 9/19.