Top trio to represent boys CC at state

Monticello headed to the Section 8AA meet with hopes of qualifying for the state meet as a team.
They walked, or ran, away with about the next best accomplishment.
While the Magic finished fourth and didn’t qualify as a team, they did have three individuals earn the right to run in the state meet, which will be held at St. Olaf Saturday.
Colin Lyndorff finished eighth, Derek Secord was 11th, and Oliver Winsor came in 14th..
In years past, Monticello would have had just one state qualifier. But under the new rules, the top eight runners in a section that are not on one of the top two teams, qualify for state.
After taking out the individuals from the top two teams, Secord finished seventh and Winsor finished eighth.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had three individuals qualify,” said Coach Dave Wik.
With three of the top fourteen runners at the meet, Monticello had a chance to qualify the whole team. But Wik said that Bemidji and Moorhead, the section’s top two teams, took care of business, while Monticello didn’t quite stay as packed together as they needed to in order to have a chance.
“We knew we had a shot,” said Wik. “We didn’t run poorly at all, we just ended up getting spread out. We didn’t run our ‘A’ race. But we ran well.”
After the top three, there was a 45-second gap until Andrew LaVallee and Andrew Mergen came in within seconds of each other at forty fourth and forty sixth place respectively.
Lawrence Krause (47) and Jacob Wilts (52) rounded out the field for the Magic.
Monticello ended the meet with 123 team points, which was well behind Bemidji (59) and Moorhead (73). Willmar (99), who Monticello beat by one earlier this year, also came in ahead of the Magic.
Still, Wik said it wasn’t anything for the team to hang its collective head over. Especially for his leaders.
“I thought we ran strong,” said Wik. “[Those three] certainly got themselves in the mix early on.”
Lyndorff took the reins early, running near the front of the lead pack, while Secord and Winsor found themselves on the other end of that lead pack.
“I think you saw the experience factor there,” said Wik. “Colin’s confidence level was pretty good.”
Down the stretch, the runners had just enough to propel themselves into the state meet. Winsor’s 17:16 was five second’s better than the next best finisher.
Now, Lyndorff, Secord and Winsor will spend the week getting ready for the state meet. It will be the first appearance for each of them.
They were set to talk about goals Wednesday, after this edition of the Times went to press. But Wik said for starters they would aim to finish in the top half of the 170 runners that will be at the meet on St. Olaf’s campus.
After that, it will be about managing expectations and performance. The runners will certainly aim to do better than the top half, and may have the capability to do so, especially as they’ll look to enter the meet as strong as they have been all year.
“We’ll taper off the rest of this week,” said Wik on Tuesday. “We want to have them as fresh as they can be.”
The boys state meet begins at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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