SLAYTON - Worthington senior Matt Jirele’s second-place individual finish at the 9-team Murray County Central Invitational high school cross country meet Tuesday helped Worthington place a solid third in the varsity boys’ team standings.

Earlier, stellar lead runs by junior Meredith Moore and senior Alicia Darling paced the Trojan girls to a fourth-place team finish.

A total of 98 girls and 112 boys finished the two varsity runs on the challenging hills of the Slayton Country Club, where times are generally not as fast as they are on flatter courses.

Tuesday’s individual champions were Luverne sophomore Madi Schandelmeier (15:33 for 4,000 meters) and Martin County West senior Jonah Mayo (17:24 for 5,000 meters).

MCW won both team championships, edging Luverne (63-67) for the girls’ team title, while running away with the boys’ crown with a terrific score of 24 (1-3-4-6-10).

Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI was second in the boys’ team standings with 56 points (7-8-11-14-16), while the Trojans earned third with a score of 91 (2-19-21-23-26).

Luverne edged MCC, 122-124, for fifth, while Pipestone Area (132), Windom Area (169), Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (239) and Jackson County Central (263) completed the boys’ field.

Individually, Jirele (17:42) held off MCW runners Matthew Viesselman (17:44) and Nick Holm (17:46) for second, while PA freshman Michael Suda (17:47) nabbed fifth.

Other area boys in the top-15 were MCC’s Jack Erickson (ninth, 17:59), Luverne’s Ethan Marshall (12, 18:16), MCC’s Clayton Hartle (13, 18:22) and Luverne’s Drew Weis (15, 18:27).

Amanuel Fissiha (19, 18:41), Jacob Prunty (21, 18:53), Tyler VanHove (23, 19:01), Nathan Schuck (26, 19:27), Troy Feller (29, 19:35) and Adam Koller (30, 19:38) were Worthington’s next six finishers.

Luverne eighth-grader Gabi Ferrell was second in the girls’ race (15:51), followed by JCC freshman Jessica Christoffer (15:57), PA freshman Angel Martens (16:15) and MCW junior Whitney Smith (16:16).

Moore (16:21) and Darling (16:22) placed sixth and seventh, respectively, leading Worthington, which finished just eight points behind third-place C/M/LH’s 94-point total with a score of 102.

PA edged JCC for fifth, 126-128, while T-M-B (146), Windom (194) and MCC (216) completed the girls’ standings.

Windom sophomore Christianna Green (ninth, 16:28), T-M-B’s Sarita Hook (11, 16:43), Luverne’s Mariah Aukes (12, 16:45) and JCC’s Jadin Bezdicek (14, 16:55) were the other area girls to finish among the top 15.

Worthington’s third through seventh runners were Olivia Ebbers (23, 18:06), Jessica Darling (26, 18:10), Maria Contreras (40, 18:57), Brianna Newman (47, 19:31) and Camila Wede (52, 20:00).