Braelyn Merritt finished as the second Canby-Minneota runner Thursday at Slayton.

MCC and Gehl edges Canby-Minneota and Drietz

A double whammy hit the Canby-Minneota girls' cross country team Thursday at Tracy.

Murray County Central beat the C-M squad, 39-91 and their top runner, Morgan Gehl, continued to have the hot hand against Canby/Minneota's best, Grace Drietz.

Gehl, who bested Drietz all of last year, won with a time of 19:13.5 with Drietz in second place at 19:47.3.

Canby/Minneota Coach Allyson Pesek was positive, but realistic. "It was a big meet and good to see our area competitors.  As a team we were pleased with our results but we also know we have work to do to get us where we want to be come October," she said.
Local runners after Drietz were: 12. Braelyn Merritt; 15. McKenzie Ruether; 43. RyAnn Hanen and 45. Aidyn Bruns.
One of their regulars, Faith Traen didn't run because she was ill and that may have affected the outcome.
GIRLS: 1. Murray County Central 39; 2. Canby/Minneota 91; 3. Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 93; 4. Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgerton 101; 5. Worthington 124; 6. Springfield 136; 7. Pipestone 181; 8. BOLD 198; 9. Wabasso 229; 10. Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 242; 11. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 263.
Medalist: Morgan Gehl, MCC, 19:13.5.
Canby/Minneota: 2. Grace Drietz; 12. Braelyn Merritt, Canby, 22:12; 43. RyAnn Hansen, 25:07; 45. Rachel Bruns, 25:22; 46. Gabby Verhelst, 25:23.
•The C-M JV Girls were fourth of four. Their best runner wasKaylee Johnson in 24th place with Makenzie Hemish in 26th.
•The C-M Junior High won their six-team meet with 39 points with Redwood Valley in second at 45. Top runners were Claire Stoks in third at 8:36 and Kenadi Arndt in fifth at 8:58 with Nohemi Diaz in eighth at 9:04.

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