Nathan Strobel

Nathan Strobel (above, photo courtesy of Dale Compton) took fourth in the opening meet of the 2021 Loyola-Cleveland cross-country season, held on the Crusader's course on the Mankato Loyola hill on Wednesday.

Strobel’s time of 18:36.4 in the 5K was 71 seconds behind the winner. There were 55 runners competing.

Rounding out the Crusader top five, James Younge finished in sixth place with a 19:05.9, Jorden Rossow was 11th with a 19:35.3, Carter Zimmerman was 13th with a 19:43.0, and Soren Kelly was 16th with a 19:55.1.

“Nathan and Jorden both had nice first races of the season,” said head coach Dale Compton. “Each of them cut significant time from the first meet last year to this meet.”

The Crusader team took second place. With 50 points, six more than the Crusaders, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown/Janesville Waldorf-Pemberton was first.

Tri-City United was third with a 52, LeSueur-Henderson was fourth with a 127, Mayer Lutheran/Lester Prairie-Watertown Holy Trinity was fifth with a 128, and Maple River was sixth with a 134.

TJ Wadron came in 27th with a 20:52.1.  

With 96 points, the Crusader girls took fifth place of seven teams. The winning time for the 5K among the 43 runners was 19:59.1.

With a 27:09.5, Jewel Factor came in fourth for the Crusaders and 30th overall.

“Jewel had a good race, cutting nearly three minutes off her time from this meet last year,” Compton said.  

Lilly Croatt was 42nd with a 35:01.5 finish.

The Watertown and Mayer group was first with 52 points. LSH was second with 84 points, GFW was third with 88 points and TCU was fourth with 89 points. Maple River was sixth (113 points) and WEM/JWP was seventh (119 points).  

In the junior high girls 1800-m race, Sixth grader Valentina Rohlfing was fifth with a 7:59.7. Her classmate Anika Sathoff was 13th with a 9:08.0. With 16 runners, the winning time was 7:39.5.

In the junior high boys 1800-m race, eighth grader Elijah Mons was seventh with a 7:29.2. There  were 20 competitors, and the winning time was 6:16.1.

The Crusader cross-country teams return to action on Thursday with a meet on the Montgomery golf course.

Jorden Rossow (left) runs beside James Younge (photo courtesy of Dale Compton).