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Cross Country: Osakis earns fourth and sixth place in St. Johns

The Osakis boys and girls cross country teams competed at the Otto Weber Invitational on Thursday evening in St. Johns.

The girls varsity walked away with a fourth place slot with 124 points. The boys varsity came in sixth with 131 points.

The Silverstreaks were looking forward to a change of pace from golf-course style races so they could work on their technical trails in St. Johns, Osakis head coach Justin Dahlheimer said.

"It really fits with the emphasis we put on strength during this part of our season," Dahlheimer said. "The kids also enjoy this race because the top 10 in each race are rewarded with a bag of Johnny Bread. We were able to bring a couple bags home!"

William Alverson (19:08) came in first for the Streaks, crossing the finish line 17th overall. Dylan Klukken followed behind in 25th place with a time of 20:44.

"I've been very impressed with Klukken's emergence in our top five," Dahlheimer said. "He's a strong, tough runner that competes very hard. His hard work in practice is really showing in the meets."

Logan Grove came in 28th place in 20:51 followed by Shane Massmann in 30th place in 21:03. Xavier Pahl was 31st, just three seconds behind Massmann. Brandon Boogaard was 35th in 21:20. Austin Kulzer came in 41st in 23:41.

"Logan is a very thoughtful runner and took the time to look at the aspects of a tough, technical course and I feel that preparation made for a very nice personal record for him," Dahlheimer said.

Lauren Savageau was the first across the finish line for the Streaks' girls varsity team. She came in sixth overall in 21:41.

"Lauren competed well with some good Hutchinson and Maple Lake girls, running her fastest time ever on this course," Dahlheimer said.

Rachel Walsh was 20th in 24:03 followed closely by freshman Destiny Dorman in 23rd place with a time of 24:10. Natalie Schlosser was 37th in 26:04. Hailey Hagedon was just two seconds behind Schlosser in 38th place. Freshman Madison Nystrom was 47th in 27:54 and Elana Eckel was 50th in 28:45.

"Schlosser had a nice race, really improving on her time here last year," Dahlheimer said. "She has such a nice finishing kick to her race and it will serve her well as she continues to stretch that kick out in these later meets."

The Silverstreaks race on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 4:30 p.m. on the Sauk Centre Greystone Golf Course.

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