The Sleepy Eye cross country team traveled to Norwood-Young America and Windom for its past two meets, where the girls team continues to succeed.
On Sept. 10, the boys and girls teams were in Norwood-Young America. Out of the 15 teams, the Sleepy Eye girls took sixth place with eighth grader Brianna Polesky once again leading the way with the best time. Polesky took 17th place out of 106 runners with a 4K time of 16:50. Behind her was the trio of Cassidy Hacker, Emily Schumacher, and Jenny Lax, who all ran together throughout the course and finished with solid times.
For the boys, junior Stephen Joyce had the top time for Sleepy Eye, after he ran the 5K with a time of 19:16. Joyce took 54th place out of 132. Sophomore Ben Jakobitz was behind him at 71st place. The boys team took 18th out of 19 teams.
Local Individuals: 17, Brianna Polesky 16:50.2; 33, Cassidy Hacker 17:41.6; 34, Emily Schumacher 17:42.4; 37, Jenny Lax 17:49.9; 103, Mary Rosenhammer 22:06.2; 105, Mariah Salfer 22:17.1.
Local Individuals: 54, Stephen Joyce 19:16.9; 71, Ben Jakobitz 19:45.1; 101, Nick DeMaris 20:47.9; 110, Ruben Astorga 21:28.7; 123, Zachary Long 22:48.8; 130, Ezra Krzmarzick 25:14; 131, Caleb Kirchberg 25:17.
On Sept. 16, Sleepy Eye had another on the road meet, this time in Windom.
This girls team was able to take third place out of nine teams with a score of 83 points, which was just five points away from Mt. Lake Area at first place with 78. Polesky ran the 4K in 15:49, which was a new personal best. The fast time earned her a medal as she placed eighth out of 90 runners. The next four girls once again ran well as a team, this time with Mary Joyce leading the way with an 18th place finish and a time of 16:42.
Stephen Joyce led the way for the boys team. Joyce took 12th place out of 104 runners with a time of 18:20. Meanwhile, Jakobitz took 25th place with a time of 19:04. Astorga ran his best race of the year with a time of 19:49. The boys finished in seventh place out of nine.
Local Individuals: 8, Brianna Polesky 15:49; 18, Mary Joyce 16:42; 19, Cassidy Hacker 16:43; 23, Emily Schumacher 16:56; 31, Jenny Lax 17:19; 41, Kira DeMaris 18:14; 51, Mariah Salfer 18:47; 52, Abigail Hagen 18:48; 53, Mary Rosenhammer 18:51; 73, Anna Landkammer 20:23; 78, Angie Kiecker 20:48.
Local Individuals: 12, Stephen Joyce 18:20; 25, Ben Jakobitz 19:04; 45, Ruben Astorga 19:49; 49, Nick DeMaris 19:55; 70, Zachary Long 21:04; 73, Caleb Kirchberg 21:10; 94, Isaac Nelson 22:33; 104, Jaden Krebs 32:27.