The Tri-City United Titans boys cross country team had two top-10 finishers Tuesday in placing fourth out of 15 complete teams in the Norwood Young America Lions Invite at Baylor Park. Le Sueur-Henderson wasn't able to keep up, coming in at No. 12.
Led by first-place finisher Mitchell Johnstone, Mankato Loyola/Cleveland boys placed first with 72 points. Johnstone, a senior, ran 16:22.1 over 5,000 meters.
Belle Plaine junior Drew Hastings took runner-up in 16:27.2.
TCU senior Austin Antony placed fourth out of 107 finishers over 5,000 meters in 17:06.2, and senior Hunter Rutt finished seventh in 17:20.3.
Also for the Titans, Hugo Ruiz took 23rd in 18:22.0, Dante Jubarian 39th in 19:09.7, Chase Goetke 51st in 19:46.1, Conner Antony 54th in 19:54.1 and Thomas Bulger 77th in 20:44.6.
The boys team standings: 1. Loyola/Cleveland 72, 2. Holy Family Catholic 103, 3. Mound Westonka 118, 4. Tri-City United 124, 5. Southwest Christian 167, 6. Belle Plaine 192, 7. Rockford 201, 8. Glencoe-Silver Lake, 9. Norwood Young America 206, 10. Sibley East 208 11. Montevideo 216, 12. Le Sueur/Henderson 307, 13. Sleepy Eye-St. Mary's 312, 14. Lester Prairie/WHT/Mayer 313 and 15. Watertown-Mayer 313.
Trace Edmondson paced Le Sueur-Henderson in 30th place 18:51.9, followed by Xerxes Machtemes in 57th 20:07.5, Noah Kolar 68th 20:34.5, Sam Menne in 74th 20:40.5, Ethan Steiger in 78th 20:56.1, Seth Hardel in 87th 21:53.4 and Tanner Hartmann in 87th 24:09.3.
LS-H girls, meanwhile, placed fourth out of 14 complete teams with 114 points.
Belle Plaine placed first with 52 points, followed by 2. Lester Prairie/WHT/Mayer 93, 3. GSL 99, 4. LS-H 114, 5. Rockford 128, 6. Mound Westonka 140, 7. St. Peter 218, 8. Watertown Mayer 232, 9. Holy Family Catholic 234, 10. Sibley East 254, 11. TCU 263, 12. LCWM/Nicollet 300, 13. Southwest Christian 309, 14. Sleepy Eye-St. Mary's 315.
Lauren Sunnarborg of Mound Westonka placed first out of 104 girls' finishers in 19:44.50. McKenna Herrmann of Belle Plaine finished second in 19:55.54.
Hailey Juarez led the Giant girls in 11th-place 21:31., followed by Arlett Rios in 16th 21:54.0, Cooper Vandeneinde in 22nd 22:27.9, Jocelyn Machtemes in 22nd 23:04.0, Sofie Wilson in 34th 23:07.8, Abby Strom in 47th 23:44.0 and Alivia Adams in 48th 23:47.8.
"I thought we had a pretty good day a Baylor Park," LS-H coach Dn Marcussen said. "We ended up with 24 runners beating their times from this meet over last year. The girls varsity ended up frouth out of about 16 complete teams so that was encouraging. Although the boys team did not finish high, almost all of them ran faster than last year. We continue to see improvements in our runners and now it looks like they are anxious to cut even more time off of their runs but this will take time. Many of our runners are behind in miles and we will have to start to make up some of these miles this week...next week we have two meets so it is not easy to get a good, hard training day in."
Trinity Turek led the Titan girls in 40th-place 23:21.3, followed by Ariana Krautkramer in 42nd 23:28.8, Maddy Ruger in 49th 23:49.7, Makayla Erickson in 64th 25:46.4, Kathleen Pichotta in 68th 25:58.0, Gabby Dahlke in 77th 26:56.2 and Emily Weldon 80th in 27:39.1.
The Titans hit the road again at 4 p.m. Friday in the Mankato Loyola/Cleveland Invite at Mankato Loyola Catholic School-Good Counsel Campus with Gibbon-Faifax-Winthrop, Martin County West, Norwood Young America and St. Peter.
The Giants journey to Crown College in Waconia at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and then Glencoe-Silver Lake High School on Thursday.