What Jordan boys’ cross-country coach Ben Nylander called “an amazing feat” had to do with the feet of his seven-member squad that qualified as a team for the Class 1A state meet for the first time in school history.
“This has been an exciting season,” Nylander said. “We had a very strong team last year, but were unable to advance out of the section. This year we moved into Section 2, which appeared to be more open than in past years.”
The Hubmen finished second behind Glencoe-Silver Lake in the section meet at the Montgomery Golf Course. Those teams advanced to the state meet, which was held Saturday at St. Olaf in Northfield.
“Overall, the kids really did a great job of training hard over the summer to get ready for the season and it paid off big time for us,” Nylander said.
Brothers Owen and Symon Keiser have played a big role in the success of this year’s group. Owen is only a sophomore while Symon is an eighth-grader. Owen battled back from a stress fracture over the summer to finish third in the section meet. Symon finished 10th.
“We have a really strong one-two punch with the Keiser brothers,” Nylander said. “As we got into October, we started to slowly get the pieces back in place and really felt like we were ready to perform well during the Minnesota River Conference and section championships. Suddenly we realized that maybe it wasn’t too far-fetched to think of ourselves as state qualifying contenders.”
• The Prior Lake boys’ cross-country team won the Class 2A, Section 3 meet behind the one-two finish of junior Colin Dwyer and senior Trenton Galloway. Dwyer was the medalist with a time of 16 minutes, 33.4 seconds while Galloway clocked in at 16:33.8 over the 5,000-meter course at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley.
• Apple Valley junior Kory Miller was the overall champion amongst the clay target shooters of the 2015 fall trap shooting league. He only missed nine targets out of 250 for the season.