After winning the state Class AA title last season, the Wayzata High boys cross country team seems to be making plans for an encore the first weekend in November at St. Olaf College.
When the state boys rankings came out last week, Trojan head coach Mark Popp was pleased – but not surprised – to see four Wayzata runners in the top 12.
Junior Grant Price was No. 1 and senior Khalid Hussein was No. 2. Seniors Mitchell Tolander and Blake Buysse joined them in the elite dozen.
Price took over the No. 1 spot from Hussein after beating him at an invitational in Marshfield, Wisconsin, which the Trojans won.
“Grant really pushed it from midway through the race to the 4K,” said Popp. “He put it out there.”
How good is Wayzata’s top four?
“For the last 1,000 meters of the race, they had the same split,” said Popp. “And that was impressive.”
Wayzata held the No. 1 state team ranking for the third week in a row, and that was no surprise. Stillwater is hanging tough at No. 2, and Edina is the other elite team expected to compete with the Trojans at the end of the season.
“I think we’ll have seven runners, who can beat most team’s fifth man,” said Popp. That would virtually guarantee that the Trojans will be hard to beat at state.
“We will see Edina for the first time at the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 23,” Popp noted. “I don’t know if there is a clear-cut No. 2 right now, but it would probably be between Edina and Stillwater.”
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