Austin runner finishes eighth overall at big meet

OWATONNA -- Kevin Groh placed eighth overall to help Austin finish ninth in the Ev Berg Invitational in boys cross country on Thursday.

"It's the best the boys have finished during this meet for some years," Austin coach Tony Einertson said.

Rosemount won the 14-team event with 64 points. Mankato West and Rochester John Marshall tied at 68, with West taking second on a tiebreaker. Austin had 258 points.

Groh finished in 16:37.7 to pace the Packers.


"Kevin had an outstanding race, a season-best (time)," Einertson said. "He looked really good."

Isaac Van Proosdy was next for the Packers. He was 42nd with a time of 17:44.6.

"Isaac's been our consistent No. 2 runner," Einertson said. "He ran in good shape today and had a season-best time."

The Packers' other three scorers, Andy Sundal, Brian Forman and Matt Bartholomew ran together as a pack. They finished 67th, 70th and 71st.

"We ran well together as a pack," Einertson said. "But they need to go out faster."

Austin will hold a Packer Invitational meet on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Ramsey Golf Course.


(Brooktree Golf Course, Owatonna)


Boys team scores

Rosemount 64, Mankato West 68, John Marshall 68, Owatonna 122, Faribault 136, Winona 156, Mayo 216, ZMKW 239, Austin 258, Century 270, Hastings 274, Albert Lea 290, Kasson-Mantorville/Triton 352.

Top individuals

1. Elliott Heath (W) 15:49.7; 2. Dey Chak Wuol (MW) 16:10.4; 3. Nathaniel Petrich (R) 16:15.8; 4. Ryan Slack (MW) 16:16.5; 5. Kyle Rossau (R) 16:20.4; 6. Sam Schmidt (F) 16:30.4; 7. Seyfu Hassan (JM) 16:32.7; 8. Kevin Groh (A) 16:37.7; 9. Kevin Langlie (JM) 16:45.7; 10. Andrew Boeddeker (O) 16:48.1

Austin: 8. Kevin Groh 16:37.7; 42. Isaac Van Proosdy 17:44.6; 67. Andy Sundal 18:53.1; 70. Brian Forman 19:05.3; 71. Matt Bartholomew 19:07.4; 76.; Cameron Hunter 19:27.2; 82. Ojulu Ogilla 20:04.0.

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