Tigers reach ‘turning point’

Published 12:18 am Friday, September 16, 2011

Albert Lea ninth-grader Haley Harms runs Thursday in Rochester. -- Bryce Gaudian

Albert Lea cross country coach Jim Haney has reason to be excited.

The Tigers girls’ cross country team Thursday placed sixth of 22 teams at the Mayo Invitational at Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester.

Albert Lea junior Chrissy Monson placed

Blair Bonnerup races Thursday. -- Bryce Gaudian

second and the team’s top six runners all broke 17 minutes.

“It was a great day for Albert Lea cross country,” Haney said. “It was by far the best we have run this season.”

Haney said the performance was a possible “turning point” and he looks forward to the second half of the season.

Ninth-grader Haley Harms finished second on the girls’ team.

The Tigers boys’ team placed 12th of 22 teams are were led by the 1-2 punch of Isaac Staat and Blair Bonnerup.

Staat placed 39th in 17 minutes and 33.70 seconds and Bonnerup wasn’t far behind, placing 40th in 17:36.40.

“Both boys pushed the last half of the race and showed the drive and determination needed to be successful in cross country,” Haney said. “The rest of the team had a great day as they ran their best times of the season.”