Led by Derek Secord’s 13th place individual finish, the Monticello boys cross country team finished seventh at the Section 8AA Meet in Detroit Lakes last Thursday.
The Magic were hoping for a little better.
Monticello viewed itself as a top-six team in the section, with a chance to finish as high as third. But facing a tough course, with a hilly start, the Magic never really got going.
“We haven’t been real consistent for the season,” said Coach Dave Wik. “[Thursday] we had a meet where we weren’t real consistent again. It was a bad place to have it.”
While Wik said the tough course and breezy conditions made them confident no one would be running personal bests, they were surprised that no runner finished higher than the slots they had them pegged at. Part of that is attributed to a balanced section.
“Our section is just a much deeper section,” said Wik. “There are a lot of really solid teams.”
Bemidji won the meet with a total of 73 points. Alexandria finished second with 94. Monticello totaled 170, more than 30 places better than eighth-place Sartell.
Following Secord (17:22), who missed an individual state berth by just a couple of places, for the Magic was Oliver Winsor, who finished 21st at the meet with a time of 17:43.
After Winsor, it was Jacob Wilts in 23rd place (17:45), Andrew Mergen in 54th place and Andrew LaVallee in 59th. A.J. Abundez and Lawrence Krause also ran for the Magic.
It was a disappointing finish for Wik, as he thought the Magic were rounding into shape at just the right time.
“We ran our most solid meet of the year at the conference meet [last week],” said Wik. “I was hoping to take one more step forward off that. It just wasn’t there.”
Individually the meet was won by Sam Carlson of Bemidji. Carlson finished the 5k course in a time of 16:28.
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