NORTHFIELD — Minneapolis schools landed a 1-2 punch Saturday in the Class 3A boys' cross-country championship race in Northfield.
Minneapolis Washburn senior Aidan Jones sprinted over the finish line first and used both hands to make a "W" gesture in honor of his school. He finished in 15 minutes, 11.8 seconds.
Minneapolis Southwest junior Sam Scott followed close behind in 15:15.3. The two athletes, who often cross paths running in their city, embraced following the race.
"Made my move on the hill … and I knew it was just me and Sam right next to each other," Jones said.
Said Scott: "It just feels awesome to finally give the city some representation."
The results speak to the work being done for cross-country programs at the Minneapolis schools, Washburn coach Curtis Johnson said, pointing out that Roosevelt, South and Henry started program recently.
"It really is a testament to a good district supporting the teams," Johnson said.
Wayzata successfully defended its team title with a score of 57. Rosemount finished second and Lakeville North third.