Hornet lady runners claim confrerence title, boys third

By Ken Francis
Staff Writer
The Big Lake girls’ cross country team won the Central Minnesota Conference championship meet Tuesday at Pebble Creek, edging out Rockford 36-40.
Shae Wallin was the top runner for the Hornets, finishing second in 16:13, just eight seconds behind winner Sheena Deziel of Rockford.
Jadee Furman was right behind Wallin in third place with a time of 16:17.
Seventh grader Brenna Carey ran 16:57 to finish ninth, followed by Hana Souther, who was tenth in 17:04.
Anna Johnson rounded out the top five for Big Lake, finishing 12th in 17:15, with teammate Heather Thomas right behind in 13th in 17:19.
Kelly McGuire was 20th in 18:04 to complete the squad.
Coach John Bruns felt his team was one of the favorites going in to the race.
“We were beaten by Rockford the first meet of the season,” he said. “But when it counted, we ran away with the conference trophy.”
Wallin, Furman and Carey were declared all-conference because of their efforts.
This is the third straight year a team from Big Lake has won the title. The boys won in 1998 and 1999.
In the boys varsity, the Hornets placed a respectable third, behind another strong performance by Brian Sedlock.
Sedlock finished third in 18:00, and achieved all-conference status with his best run of the year.
The rest of the squad ran as a pack the entire race and finished the same way.
Hunter Hary was 19th in 19:56 and teammate Brett Maass finished 20th in 20:05.
Chris Saxton (22nd, 20:11), Rick Annett (23rd, 20:15), Joe Smock (24th, 20:21) and Andy Decourcy (27th, 20:44) rounded out the seven-man team.
There were some strong individual efforts by the younger runners.
Abbey Carey ran 18:37 and finished second in the girls’ JV race.
Billy Johnson was fourth in the boys’ JV event in 20:52.
Steve Vollhaber finished second in the junior high race in 13:13.
In the girls junior high competition, Brittany was sixth in 16:08.
Big Lake travels to Pierz Tuesday to compete in the subsection meet, where the boy’s varsity will attempt to qualify for the section meet.