The MACA runners took their energy and stamina to Sauk Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 1. (Oh to be young again.)
The cross country Tigers ushered in October with their appearance in the Sauk Centre Invitational. Rocori had the top boys team. St. Cloud Cathedral topped the girls standings.
Derek Werner was the first boy to the finish line as he covered the 5K in 16:21. He's a Thunder runner from Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. Ben Burgett of the Community Christian School was No. 2, clocked at 16:22. A Rocori runner, Josh Peterson, entered the finish chute No. 3 at 16:52.
Nine schools had their runners in action in Streeter country. Aaron Goulet of the Tigers made the top ten, covering the 5K in 17:42, good for ninth. Other MACA boys were: Ryan Gray (28:43), Jon Jerke (19:12), Eric Staebler (20:43) and Travis Ostby (20:44).
Rachel Eickhoff helped her St. Cloud Cathedral team to No. 1, as she took No. 1 as individual in the girls race, clocked at 15:27. Kristin Mehr of Rocori was No. 2 at 16:06. Then we have Paige Danielson of St. Cloud Cathedral at No. 3 with her time of 16:10.
Savannah Aanerud was the highest-achieving Tiger with her time of 17:06, good for 15th place. Other Morris Area Chokio Alberta girls were: Lauren Reimers (18:05), Becca Holland (18:37), Anna Grove (19:26) and Rebekah Aanerud (19:28).
The MACA girls finished in sixth place and the boys in seventh. The Willmar newspaper had "Beth Holland" among the MACA runners, but isn't she a volleyball player?
Shall we restore the name?
I invite those of you who are not familiar, to visit my companion website which is called "Morris of Course." (Catch the rhyme?)
Someone mentioned to me Sunday that she had discovered it. I am proud of the photo at the top of that site now, a photo taken at dawn. This person who engaged me in conversation liked the photo but was puzzled, at least momentarily, by one thing. The name "Lake Crissey" didn't register with her. I can't blame her.
The "Lake Crissey" name has faded from general use through the years. I don't think it was ever cancelled. It's the name for what we would otherwise call "the Pomme de Terre reservoir." You know, it's that body of water out at Pomme de Terre City Park. It was once a state park. It once had a popular "earthen pool" right next to the river.
You see, "Lake Crissey" is a wide spot on the Pomme de Terre River. So is Pomme de Terre (or Perkins) Lake north of Morris, along with "Middle Pomme de Terre" and "Pomme de Terre North."
I have suggested before that "Pomme de Terre" gets used too much and thus we can get confusion. Whatever, the city park has wonderful aesthetic qualities that attract campers, walkers, bicyclists and everyone.
Our city park out there once had the name "Riverside Park." The local Kiwanis coined that name in the mid-1930s. The dam was not yet fully constructed. Oddly the name didn't catch on. Once the dam was fully up and running, the lake and beach became a magnet for people.
The lake (or reservoir) took on the name "Lake Crissey." It was named for A.D. Crissey who was the region's state representative and who supported the creation of the dam and park. It's a nice name, isn't it? It rolls off the tongue easily. It's nicer than "Pomme de Terre Reservoir," wouldn't you say?.
I first heard the name when I was doing an article for the local print media on the biking/walking trail. I was handed a map that had "Lake Crissey" on it. I was intrigued, asked a question or two, and got some background.
It turns out "Lake Crissey" had faded from popular use years earlier. Perhaps one reason is that this lake doesn't really seem like a lake. It doesn't seem quite big enough and it hasn't been used for swimming in a long time. There was some swimming there when I was a kid, enough to justify a diving raft. Today the feeling you get when visiting there, pleasant as it is, is that it's just a wide spot on the river.
So what? I would like to suggest here and now that "Lake Crissey" be fully restored as the name for this body of water. It's a reminder of our history. The City of Morris should put a sign up. How about it?
In the meantime, I invite you to visit my "Morris of Course" site and view my photo at dawn of this lake, with a cloud of mist rising off the surface and the wind turbines in the background (and reflected on the water).
Here's the link to the site:
God bless you all.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org