Meet Recap: Swain Invitational

Swain Invitational Class A Results


Both Class A races were decided early with Sarah McMahon of Colfax winning the girls race and Brandon Clark of The Blake School winning the boys race.   


Brandon Clark finally wins his first cross country race at the prestigious Swain Invitational after his 17th place podium finish (7th Minnesotan) at the Griak Invitational and two consecutive second places against top ranked Class AA runners (St. Olaf Invitational and the Redbird Invitational).      Jackson Lindquist of Esko finished second, running alone for most of the race as well.   The boys team race featured three teams ranked in the top 5 in the State; Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Minnehaha Academy, and Glencoe-Silver Lake.   They finished in the order of their ranking with PEM winning by 8 over Minnehaha and 45 over Glencoe.


The girls team race featured sixth ranked Blake and seventh ranked (Esko) with Blake winning the race; although Esko faced challenges with their multi sport athletes.    While McMahon of Colfax ran away with the race, the next four spots were Blake and Esko runners; Jordan Chancellor of Blake finishing second, Marisa Shady of Esko third, Clare Flanagan of Blake fourth, and Kailee Kiminski finishing fifth.   All four ran together for most of the race, with each taking a turn at leading the group during the race.


Swain Invitational Class AA Results


Cassidy Soli of Champlin Park and Steven Dado of Totino-Grace won the Class AA races in similar fashion to the Class A races run earlier in the afternoon.   Dado ran strong throughout the race after his 10th place podium finish at the Griak Invitational (3rd Minnesotan) a week earlier.  Steven's teammate Adam Braun finished second after finishing 32nd at the Griak Invitational (14th Minnesotan) a week earlier.   Katie Moran of Visitation continues her strong season with a second place finish in the girls race.


Visitation easily won the girls meet by 44 points over Coon Rapids and 57 points over Forest Lake.  Visitation had three runners in the top 10 and five in the top 21.  The boys race was very close with Mounds View winning by 9 over Totino Grace as both teams each had four runners in the top 20 in the race.