Long siblings sweep boys, girls races at first Eagle Ridge Invite

Minnetonka-based Eagle Ridge Academy hosted its inaugural cross country invitational with a twist on Sept. 24.

Eagle Ridge cross country

Eagle Ridge runners cover the trail around Crown College in St. Bonifacius for the program’s inaugural invitational meet on Sept. 24. 

The nine-team field was made up of public and private schools with enrollments under 400 students, hosted at Crown College in St. Bonifacius.

Eagle Ridge siblings – junior Henry Long and eighth-grader Greta Long – won their respective varsity races as Legacy Academy-PACT swept the team titles.

Greta Long won the race in 21:33.1 and classmate Ava Kletti was runner-up in 21:40.4.

Henry Long won the boys race in 18:06.5, nearly 21 seconds ahead of Legacy-PACT runner-up Ben Nauman.

Coach Rob Economy said the highlight of the race was how members of the three-year-old Eagle Ridge program was how they adapted to the course. “We had numerous seventh and eighth graders running their first 5ks and they did amazing,” he said. “It was awesome to see everyone blasting through the mud and pushing themselves.”

Henry Long

Eagle Ridge's Henry Long gets dirty on the course at the first-ever invite at Crown College.

The program is now 28-teammates strong with an eye on earning a spot in the Class A state meet in November. The top two teams and next eight individuals qualify from the section meet.

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