10/25/2012 9:52:00 AM Wildcat boys take NSC crown from Totino
The boys cross country team won the North Suburban Conference title with a strong day from many of their runners.
It was tough sledding for Katie Christy and the rest of the girls cross country runners.
By JEFF NORTON
Fortune favored the Wildcats in the North Suburban Conference championships last week at the Ponds Golf Course in St. Francis. Not only did most of the Chisago Lakes’ boys cross country team run out of their minds in one of their biggest races of the year, a disqualification from the top team opened up the door for them to swing in and win the conference title just as they are on their way out of the North Suburban. Although the DQ was fortunate, the results were realized because of hard work and determination. Junior Andy Magnuson finished as Chisago Lakes’ top runner with a time of 16:52, good enough for seventh place. The result gave Magnuson his fourth All-North Suburban Conference award. Sophomore Zac West ran the race of this life, setting a personal best time while finishing in 10th place with a time of 17:06. He earned his first All-North Suburban Conference award with the finish. Senior Noah Rockenback was right on West’s heels at the finish line and he finished in 11th place with a time of 17:07. The All-Conference finish was the third of Rockenback’s long running career at CL. Junior Carson Velaski and sophomore Quinton Lee rounded out the top five runners for Chisago Lakes. Velaski finished in 17:16, good enough for 14th place. Lee finished in 17:41, which place him 27th position. The race looked like it belonged to Totino-Grace, however. It appeared as though they had all five runners finish in the top 15. But, a race official determined that the top TG finisher had cut the same corner twice and he was disqualified. When the new results were tallied, the Wildcats edged out Totino by four points for the conference title. “It was an interesting day, but we had some unbelievable performances,” Head Coach Ken Orwoll said. “It is so nice to have so many quality runners that work so well together.
It makes every run so exciting to watch.” Rockenback and Velaski also both registered personal bests in the meet to help down the Eagles. Chisago Lakes ended with 69 points while Totino-Grace had 73. St. Louis Park finished in third place with 102 points and St. Francis and Irondale rounded out the top five. Girls The odd day continued when the girls took to the course. Abbi Forsman, who has been the top CL runner in every meet and has been at or near the top of almost every race she’s been in this year, wasn’t able to compete and the event because of a stress fracture. Orwoll is hoping that Forsman, who is a senior, will be able to compete in this week’s section meet to attempt to qualify for state for the second year in a row. The injury came at a terrible time for Forsman, but sitting out the conference race was her only decision. The ‘Cats fared well, however, without their course general. Seventh grader Rebekah Olinger grabbed the last All-Conference spot with a 15th place finish in 16:20. Sophomore Katie Christy earned her third straight All-Conference Honorable Mention. She was just two places away from grabbing an All-NSC award this year, finishing in 17th place with a time of 16:29. Liz Coulter narrowly missed the last All-Conference Honorable Mention award. She finished with a time of 17:05 in 30th place. It was a personal best for Coulter. Seventh grader Ellie Zemlin and eighth grader Leia Spicer finished the scoring for Chisago Lakes. Zemlin ran a personal best 17:22 to finish in 34th place while Spicer also ran a PR, finishing the race in 17:23 in 35th place. As a team, the Wildcats finished with 131 points in fifth place. Totino-Grace won the meet with 32 points, St. Louis Park finished second with 84 and North Branch rounded out the top three with 90 points. With Forsman in the lineup, the ‘Cats would’ve likely moved up only one or two spots. “I thought we did well and I was pleased with our fifth place finish without Abbi,” Orwoll said. Sections are Thursday, Oct. 25 in Princeton. Both Magnuson and Forsman will be looking to return to the state meet, but this time with a few friends in tow.