Weather: High 70's, cloudy, chance of showers
Top Individuals: Vidal Moreno (Albert Lea, 16:20), Grant Herfindahl (Albert Lea, 16:47), Jacob Haley (Mankato West, 16:52), Sonny Ortega-roseli (Albert Lea, 16:58), Sam Csizmadia (Mankato West, 17:00)
The Skinny: Vidal Moreno of Albert Lea ended his season early last year but looks to be coming on strong last year. He finished second at the Faribault Invitational (albeit in the JV race) where he was the 31st place finisher in 2017. Moreno won this race last year in what was then a 40 second personal best. He will be leading his team as they also hope to add a solid win to their season. Albert Lea finished second to last (11th) at the Big 9 Conference Championships last year but it looks like they will be climbing much higher in those placings this year. Mankato West was one of the teams that finished well ahead of them in sixth and beat them by 148 points. With a much smaller race today it will be a close match and if Albert Lea grabs the win it will bode well for a season of great improvements.
(written by Emma Benner)