Cross country: Elk girls place 3rd at Sartell meet

Bolting from the starting line were Elk runners (from left) Gabbi Jung, Anna Haugen, Rachel Ness, Maria Brown, and Chelsea Schlegel. (Photo by Michelle Haugen)

Chelsea Schlegel placed third individually as the Elk River girls placed third among six teams at the Sabre Run in Sartell on Tuesday.

St. Cloud Cathedral won the meet, followed by Sartell and the Elks.

Schlegel led the Elks with a 16:01 run.  McKenzie Holt of St. Cloud Christian was the winner in 16:22.

Rachel Ness of the Elks led this pack of runners with teammates Gabbi Jung and Anna Haugen a few strides behind her. (Photo by Michelle Haugen)

The other Elk counting scores were Anna Haugen in 14th place (16:52), Rachel Ness in 15th (16:58), Gabby Jung in 19th (17:34) and Maria Brown in 20th (17:35).

That was the final regular season meet. Next up is the conference meet at Elk River Golf Club on Thursday, Oct. 13, hosted by the Elks.

“We have a young team with just¬† one senior, getting better by the week,” said coach Mike Niziolek. “Their best performance is yet to come, I am confident of that.”

He added: “The depth of the girls team was really shown today as our JV team placed first and their times were just beyond the times of our top seven (varsity).”