Cross Country: Holdingford boys, girls earn third at 46-team Milaca Mega Meet

Sports Editor

Royalton senior Stephen Strusz competes during the Class A race at the Milaca Mega Meet, Sept. 22. Strusz finished 94th overall in 19:03.1 in the 46-team field. (Photo courtesy of Gary Larson, Mille Lacs County Times)

The Pierz, Holdingford and Royalton cross country teams competed at Saturday’s Milaca Mega Meet, with the Holdingford boys and girls each earning third in the 46-team Class A division.


Boys results

The sophomore duo of Abe Skwira (16:47.6) and Andrew Zachman (17:11.0) led the Holdingford boys to third overall, followed by senior Ryan Hartung (17:59.1), freshman Marcus Rick (18:15.5), sophomore Jacob Thell (18:40.8), junior Nick Hiltner (18:41.7) and sophomore Zach Ryan (19:01.8).

Royalton’s Zach Carlson crossed the line fourth in the sophomore race in 16:47.6, followed by teammate Trmayne Collins (17:50.6) in 18th place.

The Royals’ Ben Borash earned 13th in the freshman race in 18:09.1 and senior Stephen Strusz finished 94th in the varsity race in 19:03.1.

Pierz was led by Kyle Becker (18:24.1) and Daniel Tautges (21:06.8) in the sophomore race and Matt Janson (20:10.7) in the freshman race.


Girls results

Pierz sophomores Dana Hennen, left, and Arre Langer run side-by-side during the Milaca Mega Meet, Sept. 22. Hennen finished in 17:49.0 and Langer finished in 17:57.5 to help lead the Pioneers to 11th place in the 46-team field. (Photo courtesy of Gary Larson, Mille Lacs County Times)

Sophomore Emily Wolter took fourth in 15:14.3 and freshman Alli Ruprecht earned sixth in 15:19.6 to lead the ninth-ranked Holdingford girls to third.

Eighth graders Jo Merten (15:45.5) and Angel Rick (16:17.4) placed in the top 22 for the Huskers, followed by senior Kaitlin Preusser (17:44.6) and juniors Abby Mokhtary (17:56.0) and Joelle Ertl (17:57.2).

Sophomore Maggie Gruber placed 39th in 16:54.6 to pace Pierz to an 11th-place finish, with senior Megan Hoheisel (17:41.0), sophomores Dana Hennen (17:49.0) and Arre Langer (17:57.5), eighth grader Emma Hoheisel (18:08.4) and senior Beth Broschofsky (24:18.4) rounding out the lineup.

Royalton’s Madi Rudolph placed 61st in the freshman race in 18:27.5 and Jenna Trutwin broke the 20-minute mark in the sophomore race, finishing in 19:50.3.