Grant County Herald
Just a week removed from running in Benson, the West Central cross country team was back at the Benson Golf Course Oct. 16 for the West Central Conference meet. Carter Kjesbo and Kyra Beyer both finished high enough for the Knights to be named to the WCC All-Conference team. Aaron Biss and Nora Anderson were also recognized as All-Conference Honorable Mention.
The girls finished in third place as a team and were 10 points behind the winning team, Minnewaska Area.
The Knights did not have any runners in the top-eight, but they did cram six runners from ninth to 21st. Beyer paced the team and finished ninth with a time of 21:39.24. Nora Anderson was just 10 seconds behind Beyer in 11th. Taylor Bennett and Blaire Rueter finished side-by-side in 14th and 15th with times of 22:05.61 and 22:16.64, respectively. Terina Blascyk and Alexa Blume were also running buddies. Blascyk came in 20th with a time of 23:09.19 and Blume was two seconds later in 21st. Chloe Hagen also ran for the Knights and finished in 23:29.45 to put her in 26th.
For the boys, the team racked up 104 points to put them in fifth out of seven teams. Sauk Centre won the team competition with just 32 points.
Kjesbo was the best runner for the Knights and was the only WCA athlete to finish in the top-15. Kjesbo ran a time of 17:31.57 to put him in third place, 35 seconds behind the winning runner. Aaron Biss finished 16th with a time of 19:07.50 and Isaac Allen was just three seconds later in 17th. Simon Moritz placed 33rd by clocking a time of 20:04.08. Zeke Sieckert ran a time of 20:21.21 to put him in 37th and Michael Girard was two seconds behind Sieckert in 39th. Tayden Amundson also ran for the Knights and finished 48th with a time of 22:55.74.
With the conference meet in the rear view mirror, the Knights turn their attention to the postseason. WCA will be back in action on Thursday, October 26 when they will compete in the Section 6A meet in Long Prairie for a chance to qualify for the Class A Minnesota State Cross Country Meet.