To conclude a season in which so much was out of their control, the members of the Winona Senior High School cross country team finished on a high note Thursday at the MSHSL Section 1AA meet.
“In a normal season, we would just be gearing up for our championship meets at this time,” WSHS coach Jed Reisetter said, “so it was great to have so many runners with breakthrough performances in the last meet of the season.”
Cody Peterson, who missed the Big 9 Conference meet because he had to quarantine, returned and posted his best time of the season — 16 minutes, 54 seconds — to lead the Winhawks boys with an 11th-place overall finish. The time would have been good enough to qualify for the state meet (if it was held this season). It did earn him All-Conference honors because he wasn’t able to compete at the conference meet.
All of his teammates on the boys not only ran their season bests, they ran their personal bests.
Myles Rasmussen finished in 17:48.7, Jared Loos in 18:28.9, Brenden Full in 18:40.2 and Isaac Allred in 18:41.8 to round out the boys scorers.
The girls were led by Kiley Pollock, who pushed hard from the starting gun for a huge personal best in 20:58.8. Pollock was second in the Winhawks’ three-team session and Winona was the top team, beating Hastins and Albert Lea. Pollock, a seventh-grader, finished 45th overall and Winona was 13th as a team.
The rest of the Winhawks girls team also ran season bests. Colleen Halleck finished in 21:51.7, Sarah Sheridan in 22:22.9, Julia Kronebusch in 23:12.1 and Addie Knudson in 24:52.6.