Magic start ahead of the pack

The Magic girls cross country team undoubtedly has questions left to answer. Where is depth going to come from? Can they narrow the gap between three and four? Are they a true contender?
But one answer became clear during the season’s first meet.
The Magic are good again. Very very good.
Monticello scored just 29 points on the way to winning the Minneapolis South Invitational by 47 points over second-place Burnsville.
All five of the Magic’s scoring runners finished inside of the top ten at the nine-team meet, led by Mariah Betzler who finished third with a time of 15:26 on the 4K course.
Betzler was trailed closely by Brooke Rasmussen (4th, 15:29) and Amber Seidenkranz (5th, 15:39). Those three ran times that were slightly better than where the top three on the state championship Magic started last year.
“There is no reason they (Betzler, Rasmussen, Seidenkranz) couldn’t seriously challenge the times the top three ran last year,” said Coach Gail Grieme.
And for that reason, Grieme was happy with Thursday. But, she knows there are still issues to address.
Monticello would like to close the gap between third and fourth/fifth where Krista Steele and Alex Revenig took eighth and ninth overall, but finished over a minute behind Seidenkranz.
Also, the Magic are hoping to close the gap with their sixth and seventh runners who are currently a couple of minutes off the others’ pace.
“We just have to keep working,” said Grieme. “But, I’m happy with a lot of things.”
The Magic hosted their own invitational at Vintage Golf Course Thursday afternoon at 4. For results and a full story, read next week’s Monticello Times.