Melrose-Mindoro’s Macy Craig took second overall at Thursday’s Jesse Brone Invitational to help the Lady Mustangs finish runner-up at the cross country meet.

The Mel-Min junior had a time of 22:16.5 and was 5.2 seconds behind winner Brianna Boecker of Menomonie, which won the event for the girls.

“Macy did real great for (the) girls,” said Mel-Min head coach Sarah Thompson. “(She) ran relaxed and felt good.”

Anna Morabito also ran well at the Cochrane-Fountain City-hosted meet as she took 14th in 24:42.4, and teammate Avery Aasen was 17th in 25:05.2.

Rounding out the top half of the 58 runners for the girls meet were Mustangs Tiana Mikel in 22nd in 25:46.8, Marissa Sime in 25th in 26:04.5 and Brianna Kowalsky in 29th in 26:28.5.

Menomonie finished first with 17 team points followed by Mel-Min with 54 and Blair-Taylor with 56. Arcadia was fourth with 64 points, Independence/Gilmanton was fifth with 121 and Whitehall was sixth with 155.

Also running for the Mel-Min girls were Sam Kriesel (30th, 26:29.5), Emily Oehler (33rd, 26:51.4), Allison Gerdes (38th, 27:58.2), Lexi Ruffi (46th, 30:31.7), Stephanie Pipkin (47th, 30:36.9), Ariel Hestekind (51st, 31:45.2) and Bailey Hines (53rd, 32:40.7).

The Mel-Min boys finished in the middle at fifth among the eight teams at the invite. Menomonie also took first as a team, led by first-place finisher Henry Zold at 17:15.5.

Brent Knudson paced the Mustang boys with a 20th-place finish in 20:18.6, and he was followed by teammates Jacob Bryhn in 26th in 20:29.4, Derek Blaken in 32nd in 21:10.1 and Jacob Olson in 35th in 21:31.2.

Thompson said he was pleased how the top four finishers for the Mel-Min boys ran as a pack, which helped the team score. She also added Olson was a nice surprise after shaving almost seven minutes off his time from the previous meet.

“Jacob Olson was a huge surprise,” she said. “(He) started running JV and now is my fourth runner.”

Isaiah Dolbier was 56th for Mel-Min in 23:30.5 and teammate David Bjorge followed at 57th in 23:31.7.

Menomonie had 26 team points to take the boys meet, which had 82 runners, while C-FC had 31 for second and Blair-Taylor had 33 for third. I/G was fourth with 108, Mel-Min was fifth with 113, Arcadia was sixth with 158, Eleva-Strum was seventh with 196 and Lincoln was eighth with 240.

Also running for the Mel-Min boys were Caleb Waldera (65th, 24:23.6), Ryan Whitacre (67th, 25:01.5), Jonah Kowalsky (71st, 26:53.6), Griffin Murray-Benzing (81st, 31:06.4) and Nathan Bennett (82nd, 35:51.1).

Thompson said she was pleased how Mel-Min did at the meet, even considering the invite was a different course than in the past.

“(It was a) new course at C-FC, but that didn’t hold us back,” she said.

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