The Magic girls and boys cross country teams both competed in the Buffalo Bison Cross Country Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The girls team took second place and the boys team took fourth place.
Elise Yeager came in 11th place over all in the girls varsity 5K with a time of 20:31.
Grace Smith was just five seconds later (20:36) coming in 12th place, which was a personal best for her so far this season.
Emily Lovegren and Makenna Lutes also set personal records at Buffalo with times of 21:14 and 22:08.
Head Coach Gail Grieme said the reason for the girls running so well was due to the level of competition they were up against on Thursday.
“It shows what a top five team looks like and what their times are, and they’re way bigger than us,” Grieme said. “And we’re right up there.”
Grieme noted that the programs Monticello has been up against this season have been strong competition for the girls.
For example, the St. Michael-Albertville girls cross country team went to state last year, and the Monti girls beat them by 23 points.
It’s stats like those, that prove how strong the girls team is.
Cade Hansen came in first for the Monticello boys and 14th over all at the meet at 18:01.
Up next was Sawyer McCalla with a time of 18:10.
What was unique about the boys team, was that a big group stuck together for most of the race and finished one after another.
Noah Mahony, Riley Derby, Marcus Gertin, Jacob Biard, and Jackson May came consecutively in 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th place out of 52 runners.
Both teams will compete at the Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria on Saturday, Oct. 5.
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