Mix of veterans, newcomers set to lead RAHS girls CC

The Roseville Area High School girls cross country team qualified for the state meet for the fourth consecutive season last fall. Regardless of what kind of turnover the program has each season, getting back to state is always on the list of goals.

“Every year, that’s a goal for us,” said Roseville head coach Mary Schifsky. “The girls all kind of look at that. The girls all really like going to state.”

Three of Roseville’s seven runners who participated at state last year are back this season. They are senior Caroline Brisbois, sophomore Lindsey Lee and freshman Naomi Boehm. All three have run in two state meets.

The rest of Roseville’s varsity lineup will consist of runners with little, if any, varsity experience.

“We have a lot of young runners coming up who are looking pretty good,” Schifsky said. “They all seem eager to go.”

This year’s captains are Emmy Inwards, Emily Dyson, Hannah Foster and Heidi Carslon.

Roseville opened the season last Friday at the Central Open in St. Paul. The Raiders finished third, one point behind second-place White Bear Lake. Seventh-ranked Chanhassen won the meet with a 25-point advantage over the Bears.

Brisbois paced Roseville with a fourth-place finish and was joined in the top 10 by Boehm, who finished eighth. Lee ended up in 13th and Inwards (16th) and Dyson (27th) rounded out the Raiders’ top five.

Roseville runs again this Friday at the High School Showcase at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

In addition to getting to state, another annual goal for Roseville is to compete for a Suburban East Conference championship. The conference was strong last season with four teams in the state meet and Schifsky expects the SEC to be tough again this year.

Forest Lake, which was fourth at state last year, begins the season ranked No. 2 in the state in Class AA. East Ridge is also ranked at No. 5. Mounds View also went to state a year ago.

RAHS boys

Roseville’s boys team also ran in the Central Open last week. The Raiders finished fifth.

Sophomore Collin Kiley paced the Raiders and finished 14th overall. Juniors Joshua Reece and Hans Knutson also posted top-20 efforts by placing 17th and 20th, respectively.

Roseville’s top five was completed by senior Dan Wahlstedt, who placed 34th, and junior Tyler Graham, who was 42nd.

The Raiders’ next competition is Friday in the Irish Invitational at Rosemount High School.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com.


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