Young Richfield CC picks up the pace

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So far, Richfield head cross-country coach Marty Huberty has been pleased with what he has seen from his squad.

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Nicole Mattson has been one of the Spartans’ physical and vocal leaders so far this season. Mattson, through the first two meets of the season, has been Richfield’s leading female runner.

The Spartans opened the season at Holy Angels’ Powderhorn Invite Aug. 26, and, since that race, Huberty believes his team’s times have continued to improve.

The varsity boys runners placed 12th at the Holy Angels meet. Juan Jose DiGrazia led the Spartans with a 56th place finish with a time of 12 minutes and 4.4 seconds. Alan Nguyen (57th, 12:05.6), Matthew Hughes (60th, 12:10.2), John Hughes (65th, 12:31.6), Andy Soto-Moreno (68th, 12:41.2), Ezekiel Gorsche (77th, 14:05.2) and Joshua Kuehn (78th, 14:30.6) rounded out the Richfield lineup.

The Richfield girls, running only junior varsity at the meet, finished fifth. Nicole Mattson paced the Spartans with a 13th place finish in a time of 14:35.5. Amelia Kidd (15th, 14:39), Cynda Rhea Gorshe (18th, 14:59.5), Aria DeVries (25th, 15:20.5), Ava Noack (27th, 15:26.1), Bridget Foley (34th, 16:26.7) and Renee Whitaker (39th, 19:11.6) rounded out the Spartans’ lineup.

Richfield then traveled to St. Catherine University Aug. 30 to compete in an invitational hosted by Minneapolis South.

“Our varsity boys and varsity girls were incomplete, but John Hughes was our top boys runner and he placed 23rd overall and his older brother Matthew was just on his heels two places behind,” Huberty said. “Nicole Mattson led the girls and finished 15th overall.”

Richfield’s best results came from the ninth-grade and under portion of the meet, where the girls finished first and the boys finished second.

“They crushed the course,” Huberty said. “The numbers and those runners are going to grow up fast because they will be the heart and soul of our team for the next four years.”

Ava Durand took second to lead the Spartans girls, while Foley took fourth, Ava Hanks took sixth and Kidd took 10th. The boys were led by DiGrazia, who took third, while Soto-Moreno and Andrew Lyveck also placed in the top-12.

Richfield will compete next against Tri-City United Thursday, Sept. 7, at Montgomery National Golf Course.

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