The Melrose-Mindoro girls cross country team finished fifth at the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Invitational Thursday while the Mustang boys took 10th.
Anna Morabito (17:46.79) and Macy Craig (17:55.52) paced the Mel-Min girls by finishing 12th and 14th, respectively, overall. Avery Aasen (18:59.63) was 29th.
Jacob Bryhn (19:41.60) led the Mel-Min boys with a finish in 36th place. He was followed by teammates Brent Knudsen (19:57.70) in 41st and Derek Blaken (20:23.50) in 46th.
Mel-Min head coach Sarah Thompson said she’s been pleased with how the top three runners on each team have been running together.
“They have been running well in a pack,” she said.
Mauston won the girls meet with 24 points with the team having the first- and second-best runners. Taylor Miller led all the girls with a time of 15:51.57.
Sparta was second in the 10-team meet with 62 points, followed by West Salem with 75, Mondovi with 104 and Mel-Min with 128.
The Lady Mustangs’ Tiana Mikel (19:05.53) was 31st, Marissa Sime (20:00.30) was 42nd, Brianna Kowalsky (20:03.97) was 44th and Sam Kriesel (20:35.78) was 47th.
Thompson said Sime, a freshman, has been a nice addition to the girls team.
“Marissa Sime looks to be a strong freshman added to the girls team ...,” she said.
West Salem won the boys meet with 47 points while Sparta was second with 62 and Mauston was third with 76. Mauston’s Adam Kramer led all runners with a time of 16:55.90.
The Mel-Min boys had 263 points to finish 10th among 12 teams. They finished ahead of West Central (266) and Onalaska Luther (329).
David Bjorge (21:39.20) was 63rd for Mel-Min, and Thompson said she likes what she’s seen from the sophomore runner.
“(He) did real well this meet as well,” she said. “He has a great attitude and works hard at practice, which shows in the meet.”
Rounding out the boys team for Mel-Min were Jacob Olson (23:07.40) in 77th, Isaiah Dolbier (23:36.99) in 79th and Caleb Waldera (24:36.90) in 81st.
The Mel-Min JV also ran in the meet and had a couple runners — Emily Oehler for the girls and Ryan Whitacre for the boys — finish with better times than the varsity squad, and so they were put into the varsity seven that ran Monday at the Tri-County Invite at Black River Falls.
“It was good to see JV kids step it up and fight for varsity position,” Thompson said.