A game of telephone broke out among Wayzata girls’ cross country fans after Saturday’s state meet at St. Olaf College.
I heard they scored 36 points. Someone said they won by 100.
The Trojans, ranked No. 1 all season, won a second consecutive Class 2A state title in dominating fashion. They scored 37 points, well ahead of second place East Ridge (134). All seven Trojans runners completed the 4,000-meter course before 12 of the other 15 teams saw their second runner finish.
“Somehow we always manage to find each other and we always make a really tight pack,” senior Annika Halverson said. “It’s just like practice with your teammates pushing you and helping you. It’s an honor racing with these girls.”
Five of the six runners who helped the program win its first-ever state title last year went even faster Saturday. Aware his roster is full of self-starters, coach Dave Emmans said he “never talked to them about winning.” His advice: Enjoy the moment. Cherish the present.
“We already have such a great time just being with each and pushing each other,” Halverson said. “We already felt accomplished before the state meet in terms of the people that we’ve become.”
Holding the No. 6 spot in the latest DyeStat.com national rankings, Wayzata ran Saturday with more than the field in mind. Runners referred to Carmel, Ind., High School, rated one of the nation’s top programs, as “caramel apples.”
“So during the race I kept hearing, ‘Eat some apple caramel apples,’ ” Halverson said.
Megan Hasz beat twin sister Bethany into the world by 29 minutes but the sophomores from Alexandria were much closer Saturday. Bethany reached the finish line first in a time of 13:53.1 seconds to win the race. She turned back in time to see Megan place second in 14:13.9.
Cannon Falls senior Emi Trost, a runner-up the past two seasons, won the Class 1A girls’ title in a time of 14:40.3. Annandale won the team championship.
“I was quoting a song by Moriah Peters called Well Done,” Trost said. “In there it says, “I want to run this race to hear you say, ‘Well done.’ So I ran the race to hear God say, ‘Well done,’ to me.”