Kayla Knudsvig runs

MayPort-CG freshman Kayla Knudsvig finished 83rd Saturday at Parkhurst Recreation Area north of Jamestown, N.D. The Patriots girls took 14th overall at the cross-country meet.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Early-season injuries kept MayPort-CG’s full lineup of runners out of the girls’ 5-kilometer race Saturday in Jamestown.

The Patriots girls cross-country team took 14th out of 20 teams across both Class A and Class B at the pre-state invitational at Parkhurst Recreation Area.

MPCG finished with 373 points but was notably without senior Anna Strand or freshman Tatum Mehus, both of whom ran in the less-hilly 4-kilometer run Saturday. 

The duo finished first and second, respectively, in the junior varsity race.

“Anna blew out her knee at the end of July, but she’s been working her tail off to get back,” said Patriots coach Wendy Garrett-Mehus. “The trainer gave her the go-ahead to run – just not on the (5-kilometer course’s) hill.”

Mehus, who finished 13 seconds behind Strand, was battling a ligament issue in a knee but still finished 24 seconds ahead of the third-place runner in the 4-kilometer race.

In the 5-kilometer event, MPCG was led by freshman Carissa Mueller, who took 41st in 22:39. 

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