Even though Coon Rapids (0-3) and Anoka (1-2) were winless in the standings, both knew they were close to finding their first of the season.
Thursday afternoon 18 cross country teams converged on the course outside Anoka High School for the annual Rum River Invite.
The Huskies compiled a 3-2 record at the Southwest Challenge in Marshall Sept. 5-6 including wins against Owatonna (2-0), Jamestown, N.D. (2-1) and Sioux Falls Roosevelt, S.D. (2-0). Andover lost to St. Michael-Albertville (2-0) and No. 8-ranked (Class A) Heron Lake-Okabena (2-1).
A kick off to the season saw the Huskies off to a 3-0-1 start with the wins coming in a span of five days at Huskies Stadium.
Elk River spoiled Coon Rapids’ home opener with a 47-0 shutout victory at Cardinals Stadium in the Northwest Suburban Conference opener Thursday.
Seniors Tykeise Johnson and Austin Anda return for what will be a third varsity season in the backfield for an offense that showed glimpses of its potential last fall, winning only three games during a season that opened and closed in Fridley at Totino-Grace and are off the 2014 schedule.
Anoka The defending Section 5AA champion and Northwest Suburban Conference runner-up girls team returns several runners from last fall but graduated its two strongest performers. Returners include Isabelle Brezinka, Maria Kalkman and Sydney Paulson with captains Sarone Paulzine and Emma Steffens. The boys will be guided by captains Mark Leonard and Harrison Redepenning. Coach Pete [...]