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Park senior Evan Bonneson took eighth place overall to lead the Wolfpack boys to a seventh place finish at the Red Wing Invitational. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)

Cross Country running: Bonneson leads Wolfpack in Red Wing

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Park senior Evan Bonneson led the Wolfpack boys to a seventh place finish at the Red Wing Invitational on Friday, Sept. 27, in a warm and windy day at Red Wing High School.


Bonneson ran the 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 12.63 seconds to take eighth place overall in the 10-team, 90-runner race.

As a team, the Park boys totaled 190 place points to take seventh overall. Red Wing was the top team with 49 points. 

After Bonneson, Park’s Ryan Tolkinen was the next Wolfpack runner to cross the finish line, taking 39th with a time of 18:43.95. Park’s Scott Burazin took 51st (18:59.35), Connor Gabbert was 53rd (19:06.84) and Kyle Mohr rounded out the Wolfpack’s top five, taking 64th (19:28.32).

The Park girls finished in eighth place overall with 229 place points. The Roseville girls won the race with 36 points.

Rebekah Schulte was the Wolfpack’s top finisher, coming in 11th place with a time of 15:54.89 in the 4-kilometer race.

Cameron Anderson was the next Park runner across the finish line, taking 19th overall with a time of 16:24.96. Park’s Maddyson Jeske took 49th (17:26.24), Bailey Aasen was 55th (17:42.51) and Taylor Rumpca rounded out the Wolfpack’s top five, taking 56th (17:42.93). 

East Ridge also competed in the Red Wing invite, but didn’t use all of its varsity runners in the race, deciding to send a portion of the team on a longer training run in the area.

However, the East Ridge boys took sixth place (166 points) and the Raptors girls placed seventh (157 points). 

Leading the way for the Raptors boys was Andrew Berg, who took 23rd overall with a time of 18:03.37. David Huffman was the next East Ridge runner across the finish line, taking 27th (18:19.45). East Ridge’s Jack Walter (18:27.58), Nathan Strom (18:30.85) and Christian Yonkoski (19:24.56) rounded out the Raptors’ top five, taking 33rd, 36th and 61st, respectively. 

Anna Betz led the way for the East Ridge girls, taking 14th overall with a time of 16:05.87. Abby White was the second Raptor to cross the finish line, taking 33rd overall (16:56.50). Karla Brady (16:58.33), Elizabeth Tupper (17:08.64) and Megan Dierberger (17:15.07) rounded out East Ridge’s top five, coming in 38th, 41st and 45th overall, respectively.

Park will run in an invitational at Rogers, while East Ridge competes in the Blaine Invitational on Thursday, Oct. 3 – the final meets before the conference and section championships.

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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