Austin's Madison Overby leads the field around a bend during Thursday's Ev Berg Invite in Owatonna. Overby won the race and teammate Haley Splinter took second. (Ian Stauffer/Owatonna People's Press)

Overby wins 12-team Ev Berg Invite

Published 10:32pm Thursday, October 4, 2012

OWATONNA — Austin freshman Madison Overby won the 12-team Ev Berg Invite, which featured nine Big Nine teams, at Owatonna Thursday.

Overby finished with a time of 15:15 as she outpaced Austin senior Haley Splinter, who took second with a time of 15:18.

Austin's Mason Wollersheim (369) sprints to the finish line ahead of Owatonna's Nick Rethemeier (686) during Thursday's Ev Berg Invite in Owatonna. Wollersheim finished 20th in the race. (Ian Stauffer/Owatonna People's Press)

The second place finish was big for Splinter, a senior, as she finally beat Albert Lea’s Chrissy Monson for the first time in her career.

“It’s nice to see Haley back to where she was a couple of years ago. It’s been a nice climb for her,” Austin head coach Tony Einerston said. “Madison ran a smart race and she pulled back a little in the last mile.”

As a team, the Austin girls finished sixth out of 12 teams.

The Packer boys took ninth out of 12 teams as Andrew Baker took 13th and Mason Wollersheim was 20th.

“It was a good race for them,” Einertson said. “We’re trying to get them to get used to running towards the front in big races and they’re definitely good enough to do that.”

Austin boys results: Andrew Baker (13th, 16:50.60); Mason Wollersheim (20th, 16:55.80); Quin Brunner (61st, 18:10.70); Caleb Asay (72nd, 18:48.30); Geraro Ortiz-Sandoval (76th, 19:15.30)

Austin girls results: Madison Overby (first, 15:15.60); Haley Splinter (second, 15:18); McKenzie Besel (45th, 16:43.50); Justice Tabor (49th, 16:49.80); Paiton Schwab (61st, 17:09); Tasia Martinson (67th, 17:27.30)

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