It was monkey-see, monkey-do as both the Ranger boys and girls took fourth place at the Suburban East Conference meet at Como Park last Wednesday, then took first as the host team at the Ranger Invitational on Thursday.
With a heavy schedule of racing, senior Jacob Jankowski, ninth-graders Tommy Babcock and Davis Long and sophomore Leo Hipp did not race for the boys, and sophomore Rocci Wohlk did not compete for the girls.
Sophomore Quinn Duffy was the top finisher for Forest Lake during the sticky snow conditions at Como Park. He earned 94 points for the squad with his seventh-place finish in 17:14 at the 5.7K race.
Sophomore Alex Richert came in three spots later in 10th place with a time of 17:23, while senior co-captain Jack Ebel earned 14th place in 17:48.
The boys recorded a total of 388 points. Roseville and Stillwater took first with 451 points, followed by Mounds View with 445 points.
Ninth-grader Kate Schaaf led the girls with a 10th place-finish in 19:08, followed by captain Jess Greeley in 20th with a time of 20:42.
Newcomer Miranda Overland, an eighth-grader, carried over her athleticism from cross country to take 28th in 21:48 in just her second nordic meet. Molly Mead followed closely in 29th with a time of 22 minutes.
Forest Lake finished with 381 points behind Roseville (475), Stillwater (471) and White Bear Lake (431).
At the Ranger Invitational on Thursday, Jankowski took first in the 7.5K double pursuit race with a time of 21:28 with teammate Hipp on his tail for a second-place finish four seconds later. Babcock (21:33), Duffy (22:14) and Ebel (23:02) rounded out the five-man score for the Rangers by taking fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
The boys earned 487 points and beat out both Anoka with 446 points and Coon Rapids with 445 points.
“The time spread is pretty amazing for this early in the season, “ Johnson said. “We’re climbing fast in the rankings. I was hoping to stay a little more under-the-radar, but these times are very promising so that’s alright.”
Sophomore Rocci Wohlk dominated the course for the girls in 22:44 and finished first by more than two-and-a-half minutes, earning 100 points for the team. Schaaf earned fourth place in 26:40, followed by Greeley with a time of 27:47. Mead took 11th (28:43) while Overland rounded out the five-man score in 13th place with a time of 29:11.
The girls recorded 470 points and claimed the top spot in front of Anoka with 464 and Coon Rapids with 458.
The Rangers have a break until Wednesday, Jan. 2 when they travel to Lake Elmo for a conference meet at 4 p.m.