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Cross country: Runners sweep Pine Island Invitational

Farmington junior Elliot Fenske capped off a great week for Farmington cross country with a standout performance at Saturday's Roy Griak Invitational.

Fenske placed seventh against a field of 409 runners in the maroon division at Les Bolstad Golf Course, running a time of 17 minutes, 10 seconds on the 5,000-meter course. Less than two days earlier, Fenske cruised to a first-place time of 17:34 in leading the Tigers to their third boys team title at the Pine Island Invitational. The girls team also won their portion of the meet, placing six runners in the top 15.

The boys team topped runner-up Lewiston-Altura despite missing Levi Freetly and Lincoln Kirchoff due to injuries.

"It was a good day for the fellas, especially considering we were a bit shorthanded," coach Keith Revels said. "It was a nice break after some very large meets to have a smaller one. This is a meet we should win being the biggest school there."

With the varsity and JV runners competing at the same time, Farmington accounted for 40 of the 89 runners in the race.

Senior captain Nick Arenberg was the only runner to push Fenske, running to second place in 18:07. Chad Retterath cracked the top five for the first time this season with a time of 18:41 and Josh Ruthenbeck gave Farmington four runners in the top 10 with a 10th-place clocking of 19:33.

Carl Elmer provided the fifth counting score with time of 19:49 that earned him 14th place. Teammate Alec Wilson was one second behind in 15th and Matt Thomas rounded out the varsity top seven with a 25th-place time of 20:23.

The Farmington girls also dominated their portion of the six-team meet.

WIth Nicole Clifton missing due to illness, Maricia Pacheco led the Tigers and continued her string of impressive finishes with a second-place time of 16:52 for 4,000 meters.

Maria Kiminski also cracked the top 10, landing sixth in a time of 17:25. The rest of the scorers stayed in a solid pack, with just 24 second separating No. 3 runner Madeline Strid in 11th place (17:48) and No. 6 runner Marissa Stewart in 15th place (18:02). Sofia Chadwick was 13th in 17:57 and No. 5 runner Bailey Opsal was four seconds back in 14th place.

Victoria Jacoby completed the Farmington top seven with a 23rd-place 19:05 clocking.

"It was encouraging to get a first-place finish," first-year head coach Heidi Revels said. "Running in a smaller meet gave the girls a chance to really show their stuff, and most of them were very pleased with their performances."