Baker Lake may not look like it, but it can be kind of confusing.
"This course isn't too bad. We kind of got mixed up last year because it's a confusing course, but we got a chance to get here early and checked it out before the race," Hall senior Scott Janusick said. "This is how I like to run - not too cold and not too warm."
Janusick showed that he liked the elements Monday night in Peru.
The area teams showed up at Baker Lake for a quadrangular cross country meet with Hall, the Mendota Trojans, the St. Bede Bruins and the host team, the La Salle-Peru Cavaliers all in attendance.
Janusick ran like he knew the course pretty well, winning the boys race in 16 minutes, 23.2 seconds, beating teammate T.J. Mosbach, who took second in 16:32.3.
The girls ran first and Hall's Elizabeth Mosbach came in first. A little behind was her usual competition in Mendota Lady Trojan Haley Sack.
"The beginning of the year she was beating me, but lately I have been beating her, but you never know, it can go back and forth," Mosbach said of her rivalry with Sack.
Mosbach finished with a time of 20:12.2, which was enough to beat Sack, who finished with a time of 21:05.1.
"I felt pretty good today," Mosbach said. "It wasn't my best run, but I felt pretty good for the most part. The course was pretty flat and not too many big hills."
St. Bede Lady Bruin Lucy Stanke ended the race in third, and of the top 10 runners, six of them were from Hall, so they easily took first place in the team standings with 21 team points.
Mendota took second with 38 team points.
Led by the 1-2 punch of Janusick and Mosbach, the Red Devil boys came in first with 20 team points, while Mendota took second with 35 points.
"Coming in, it's the last week of the regular season for us, so we we're just trying to prepare for conference and regionals, so we tried to work as a team today," Janusick said. "And we had a couple of days off, so it's the first day back since practicing Wednesday, so it felt pretty good to come out and compete like this today."
The third-place boys prize individually went to Mendota's Jacob Weeks followed by Hall's Austin Pelszynski and Brett Hermann. Hall's Juan Vera placed eighth in 18:27.6.
Janusick liked what he saw out of the whole Hall team.
"(Mosbach and I have) gone 1-2 pretty much the whole year, so hopefully, we can stay like that through the postseason and help the whole team out and advance together," said Janusick.
Hall head coach Tom Keegan was pleased with his team's effort at Baker Lake.
"The boys had a strong finish considering and they had four days off," Keegan said. "Overall, I was pleased with both teams' performances."
Mendota's Adam Morris finished six in 18:20.7, and teammate Ethan Sack took seventh in 18:24.5.
St. Bede finished third in the boys standings led by Szymon Ligas, who took 13th overall in 19:06.3, and the first La Salle-Peru runner to enter the shoot was 14th-place finisher Vincent Walker.
On the girls side, Hall's Daniela Acamovic, Amber Huffaker and Xuxa Piotrowski finished fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively for the Lady Devils.
St. Bede's Jenna Ebener took seventh, followed by Mendota's Stephanie McDowell and Hannah Morris.
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