Elk River cross country split up its squad for the season-opening St. Cloud Apollo Invitational on Tuesday, with the varsity girls placing fifth among nine teams and the boys running incomplete.
“In order for our younger kids to build confidence and see that they can be successful in their age groups,” said coach Mike Niziolek, “we had some of them run in their age groups … We”ll do that at our next meet, too, at Hopkins.”
The Elk girls had Chelsea Schlegel in seventh place (15:33), Anna Haugen 21st (16:18), Rachel Ness 28th (16:44), Gabrielle Jung 29th (16:47) and Candice Nemis 38th (17:30).
Just three Elks ran varsity, with Ryan Trapp 25th (17:05), Cole Konczol 29th (17:14), and Breck Hickman 36th (17:50).
The Wayzata boys and St. Cloud Cathedral girls placed first, while individual winners were Sartell-St. Stephens’ Tyler Broadwell (15:48) and Andover’s Nicole Heitzman (16:00).
Niziolek noted that the junior high girls placed first with seventh-grader Maria Brown also winning (13:54) and the boys placed second with eighth-grader Lucas Trapp winning (11:19) followed closely by several Wayzata boys.
The Elks will run in the Hopkins meet on Thursday, Sept. 8.