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Brittany Hansen in her race in the Milaca Early Bird Meet Aug. 26. Hansen was able to take first place in the meet with a time of 21:16.

In what were rainy conditions, Milaca cross country runner Brittany Hansen was not slowed down as she was able to win the Milaca- hosted Early Bird meet on Aug. 26 at Stones Throw Golf Club.

Hansen’s winning time was 21:16 giving her a 20 seconds faster than her next closest competition. “It just has been putting on a lot of mileage this summer, with a lot of eight-and ten-mile runs,” said Hansen on her performance in the team’s first meet of the season. “It feels pretty good to win; I haven’t won in a while.”

Head coach Dave Dillan was blown away by the junior’s race, especially as early as it is in the season. “It was fantastic, she looked strong, it was a great performance to start the year” said Dillan

Hansen was followed by Sarah Manoleff, who placed 42nd in the meet with a time of 26:29.

In the boys’ varsity race, Milaca was paced by junior, Brody Pedersen, who was able to run a 20:11 and take home a top 30 finish. Mason Voshell placed 40th and battled through injury as he will look to improve into his next race. “We got a good baseline today, and now we have a good place to work from,” stated Dillan.

The Wolves went on to finish in ninth place for both the girls and boys meet.

Kade Layton won the meet for boys as he ran a 17:22 5K.

Chisago Lakes won the Early Bird meet on the girl’s side while Mora won the team title for boys.

Milaca will be off until Sep. 5 as the will then travel to Pine City to take on the Pine City Invitational.

Final Team Results

1 Mora High School 47 2+7+8+12+18 (33+35) 2:00 1-5 Split | 18:43 Avg

2 Saint Cloud Cathedral High School 71 9+10+11+20+21 (23+25) 0:48 1-5 Split | 19:07 Avg

3 Foley High School 82 6+16+17+19+24 (27+28) 1:08 1-5 Split | 19:23 Avg

4 Big Lake High School 116 1+3+34+37+41 (43+48) 3:35 1-5 Split | 19:32 Avg

5 Hinckley-Finlayson High School 158 4+14+26+56+58 (60+61) 3:49 1-5 Split | 20:21 Avg

6 Pierz High School 162 5+15+36+49+57 (62+65) 3:42 1-5 Split | 20:27 Avg

7 Chisago Lakes Area High School 172 22+31+32+42+45 (47+52) 1:34 1-5 Split | 20:26 Avg

8 Rush City High School 202 13+29+38+59+63 (64+66) 4:03 1-5 Split | 21:06 Avg

9 Milaca High School 223 30+40+46+53+54 (67+68) 1:42 1-5 Split | 21:14 Avg

10 North Branch High School 239 39+44+50+51+55 (69+70) 1:09 1-5 Split | 21:27 Avg

11 Braham High School 365 71+72+73+74+75 (76) 2:22 1-5 Split | 27:34 Avg

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