Crestwood girl harriers first at New Hampton meet, boys third


NEW HAMPTON - The Crestwood varsity girls’ cross country team didn’t let the rain stop them as the Cadets captured their second straight team title on Oct. 5 at the New Hampton Invitational as the Cadets grabbed first place with 37 points. 
The Cadet varsity boys’ team also ran well as it took third out of nine teams with 79 points.
In the varsity girls’ race, four Cadet runners finished in the top 15. Ellie Friesen grabbed first place in a time of 18:05.8, Cassidy Ihns was second in 18:55.7, Hope Dohlman took third in 19:26.1 and Rachel Steffen placed 15th in 21:07.5. Other Cadets included: 16. Brynn Bodermann 21:11; 21. Sarah Mashek 21:33; and 25. Emily Friesen 21:51.4.
In the varsity boys’ race, Bryden Juelsgaard placed sixth in 17:35.5 and Carlos Beascochea took 17th in 18:07.5. Other Crestwood boys included: 23. Ryan Steffen 18:23.4; 25. Boston Ferrie 18:45.6; 26. Garret Ollendieck 18:50.1; 31. Kyle Quam 19:19.9; 46. Lucas McGee 20:10.9.
The Junior Varsity races saw the Cadet girls’ team place second with 43 points and the Crestwood boys’ team take fourth with 94 points. Annie Mast led the JV girls’ team by placing fourth in 22:07, and Jon Millage took 15th in 19:26.
Crestwood Head Coach Jim Obermann noted all the Cadets gave a stout effort in the rain at New Hampton.
“With our varsity girls’ team, Ellie Friesen, Cassidy Ihns and Hope Dohlman all did a great job of getting out in front of the pack,” Obermann said. “All three continue to run well. Cassidy is a great addition to our team, and she works hard.
“Our entire varsity girls’ team has been running very well. Rachel Steffen had her best race of the year. Sarah Mashek, Brynn Bodermann and Emily Friesen also ran very strong races. Our varsity girls really know how to compete well,” the coach said.
He was also proud of the way the JV girls’ squad competed.
“Our JV girls’ team ran strong, which makes our varsity team strong as well,” Obermann said. “Annie Mast has been a great leader on the JV team, and Katie Saner also ran well. Mattie Slavin and Emily Reinhart have both done a good job of working their way back from injuries. From top to bottom, our girls have shown a lot of improvement,” Obermann said.
The coach also praised the varsity and JV boys’ teams.
“Taking third was a good finish for the varsity boys,” Obermann said. “We are still missing Nathan Martinek, who is out with an illness, but other runners stepped up well. Bryden Juelsgaard is running well and becoming the kind of runner I knew he could be.
“We also had good contributions from Ryan Steffen and Carlos Beascochea (on the varsity team). Garret Ollendieck and Boston Ferrie are also seeing their hard work being rewarded.
“Across the board, we had many personal records with our varsity and JV runners. Kyle Quam ran a solid varsity race. In the JV race, Jon Millage, Matthew Slifka and Jacob Andera all raced their best races and worked hard. Tristan Wetherington, Caleb Shea and David Meinecke all have made good progress this year. Overall, I was very pleased with the effort of all our runners,” Obermann said.

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