The St. Peter girls cross country team ran seventh out of 14 teams Tuesday in the Norwood Young America Lions Invite at Baylor Park.
Hadley Stuehrenberg led St. Peter with a fifth-place 20:25.7, followed by teammates Breeley Ruble in 25th at 22:38.7, Hailey Looft in 41st at 23:26.1, Emma Johnson in 72nd at 26:26.1, Grace Polzin in 76th at 26:50.8 and Reese Portugue in 79th at 27:22.7.
"Five of the six varsity girls ran season bests," St. Peter coach Jeff Portugue said. "Hadley Stuehreberg was just shy of her season best but was still a medalist with a fifth-place finish. The girls are getting better, but we continue to need to improve if we want to move up in the team standings. I think this is a group of kids that just does not have enough race experience and just needs to run races to improve. I do like how the two newcomers, Breeley Ruble and Emma Johnson, are continuing to move up the depth chart."
Belle Plaine placed first in the girls team standings 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.
Three boys ran varsity for the incomplete St. Peter boys team.
Freshman Connor Snow led with a 56th-place 19:58.35, followed by teammates Willem Nelsen 67th in 2:24.74 and Jayden Thompson 94th in 22:08.35.
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.
Here 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.
The Saints 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 Tri-City United.