After recent weather patterns brought five inches of rain to Owatonna, cancelling Thursday’s originally scheduled Ev Berg Invitational, the Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson cross country team was gracious enough to open up a spot for the Winona boys and girls squads in the Ole Olmstead Invite.
The team took full advantage of the opportunity to race, coming home with first-place finishes in both the boys and girls divisions. On the boys side, Carter Briggs and Cody Peterson took the first two spots and were followed closely behind by scorers Zach Reuter (fifth), Jonas Trombetta (ninth) and Ryan Meyer (17th).
Briggs finished in 16:50.2, while Peterson ran a 17:03.4. Reuter’s time was 17:33.4.
The girls ran three into the top 10 with strong finishes by Anni Skillicorn (second, 20:10.2), Emily Carrie (fifth, 20:49.3), and Olivia Becker (ninth, 21:32.9). Also contributing to a strong team effort were Kaia Hamilton (11th), Colleen Halleck (16th) and Carol Miller (17th).
Both teams saw a strong performance out of the three, four and five runners which will be necessary for success as the championship season begins in two weeks. Next Tuesday the Winhawks hope to be back in action at the Austin Packer Invite.
Faith Quinn scored the game-winner as the Winhawks toppled Red Wing 2-1 on Thursday.
Anna Gilmer also scored for Winona, which hosts St. Charles at 3 p.m. Saturday at Paul Giel Field in the regular-season finale.
Earlier in the week, Winona fell 2-0 to Owatonna on a rainy night at Paul Giel Field.
Owen Ping netted the game-winner with six minutes left as the Winhawks rallied from a one-goal deficit to beat Red Wing 3-2 on Senior Night on Thursday at Paul Giel Field.
Caleb Ellenberg and Kai Kovala also scored for Winona, which got some big saves from Hans Larsen down the stretch to keep the game level at 2-all.
Earlier in the week, the Winahwks battled hard in tough conditions but fell 4-2 to the Huskies.
Brock Herczeg and Ellenberg scored for Winona. August Tadie assisted Ellenburg’s goal on a corner kick in the second half. Larsen went the full 80 minutes in goal.
Winona hosts Rochester John Marshall at 7 p.m. Saturday in the regular season finale.
The Winhawks cruised to a 25-19, 25-23, 25-15 sweep of the Falcons on Thursday night.
Grace Rohde had 15 kills and 14 digs to lead Winona (9-7, 5-4 in the Big 9). Abbey Klawiter had six kills with 21 digs.
Emma Zeller had 19 assists and 19 digs for the Winhawks, while Phoenix Matthees had six kills and four blocks.
The sweep came two days after the Winhawks went on the road and outlasted Eau Claire (Wis.) Memorial. Rohde had 20 kills and 33 digs in a 27-25, 25-27, 25-14, 17-25, 15-11 thriller on Tuesday.
Zeller had 30 assists. Sierra Lenhardt had 18 digs.
Matthees contributed eight kills and five blocks.
The Winhawks had a great night in the pool in beating Menomonie, Wis., 97-83 in a nonconference dual Tuesday.
The medley relays went 1-2, with the A relay of Anna MacLennan, Emily Robison, Carolyn Macon and Ava Picke winning in 2:02.00.
The B relay of Harper Wolner, Anna-Lee Landers, Kaylee Niemeyer and Tara Ziegeweid was second in 2:13.79.
Winona went 1-2 in the 200 freestyle as well, with Wolner winning in 2:18.49 and Ziegeweid in second in 2:21.70.
Niemeyer placed second in the 200 IM in 2:33.14, and the Winhawks went 2-3-4 in the 50 freestyle with Robison leading the way in 27.70.
Morgan Walker won the diving with 190.25, staying calm after teammate Issara Schmidt hit her fingers on the board and had to leave with an injury — coach Chris Mayer said she’ll be OK.
Anna MacLennan was second in the butterfly in 1:14.36.
Carolyn Macon crushed a new personal best in the 100 freestyle, winning in 56.71.
Winona swept the top three spots in the 500 freestyle, with Landers winning in 5:57.41. Wolner was second in 6:20.29 and Nelson was third in 6:27.50.
The 200 freestyle relay was second in 1:51.57.
Winona took the top three spots in the 100 backstroke with Macon winning in 1:06.92, Niemeyer second in 1:13.64 and Pike third in 1:14.94.
Emily Robison won the breaststroke in 1:17.80 to give Winona the win based on points
The 400 freestyle relay of Pike, Nelson, Wolner and Niemeyer placed second in 4:16.74.
“This was a great meet for morale and begins a very tough two weeks of six meets for the girls,” Mayer said. “We have another meet this week, three next week with true team, and one the week after.
“Hopefully we can continue the momentum into the following meets and show some strong finishes.”