From left to right: Marissa Long, Keira Friedrich, and Norah Hushagen
The cross country season is off to a hot start and last week was the best yet with big meets all over the state, historic times, and more! It will only get better with the Roy Griak Invitational on the horizon where the best Minnesota has to offer will compete against some of the best of the best nationally.
Here we look at the Minnesota Girl's Runner of the Week Nominees for Week 2 of the cross country season.
Polling starts on Monday at 7 am and ends on Saturday at 7 pm.
Girls Runner of the Week Nominees
Norah Hushagen (Forest Lake)
Hushagen made her season debut at the Anoka Steve Hoag Invitational where she ran a time of 17:31.1 to take the win. Her time of 17:31.1 is the #2 time in Minnesota so far this season and is Hushagen's third fastest time of her career and her fastest all-time for September. Hushagen also led to Forest Lake girls to a runner-up finish at the meet.
Adele Changamire (Becker)
A rising star for Becker, Changamire won the Rockford Rocket Run Invitational for her first career cross country win as just an eighth-grader. Changamire ran a time of 18:59.1 to finish 6 seconds ahead of the runner-up. This was Changamires second time running under 19 minutes and was just 5 seconds off her PR.
Marissa Long (Chanhassen)
After finishing in the runner-up position the last two years, Chanhassen senior Marissa Long broke through at the Bauman/Rovn Invitational to take her second win of the young season with a time of 18:29.4. Long won the meet over a group of five other ranked runners (coaches rankings).
Lizzy Harnell (Proctor)
A junior for Proctor, Lizzy Harnell has come out strong this season as one of Minnesota's best runners. At the Titan Invitational, Harnell ran a time of 18:58.3 to take the win, PRing by 29 seconds and now running 50 seconds better than her PR from last year. Harnell also led the Proctor girls to a meet victory over Brainerd and Hibbing.
Mia Hoffmann (Bemidji)
Hoffmann has put everyone on notice this season with two sub-18-minute 5Ks so far with her most recent being at the Moorhead Dragon Twilight Invite where she finished 1st with a time of 17:27.10. This is now the #1 5K time in Minnesota this season and ranks #24 all-time for girls 5K times in Minnesota.
Keira Friedrich (Saint Peter)
Freidrich had a lifetime-best performance at the Tri-City United Gerry Smith Invitational finishing in 1st place with a time of 18:40.53 to beat out a strong field containing several ranked runners. Freidrich PR'd by 38 seconds and ran her first-ever 5K under 19 minutes. Friedrich also broke the Saint Peter school record in the 5K.