Cross country: Elk girls 5th, boys incomplete in opener at Apollo

Cole Konczol and Ryan Trapp ran for the Elks in the boys varsity race. (Photo by Michelle Haugen)

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.”

Chelsea Schlegel of the Elks placed seventh in the girls varsity race. (Photo by Bill Jones)

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.