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Cross country: Savageau’s first win paces Osakis at Royalton

Osakis senior Lauren Savageau runs in the meet at Sauk Centre on Oct. 3. Savageau got her first win in a varsity 5K race at Royalton on Tuesday in a time of 21:01. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)1 / 2
Osakis junior Will Alverson led the Silverstreaks boys team at Royalton with a ninth-place finish in 18:44. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)2 / 2

Osakis senior Lauren Savageau paced the Osakis cross country teams at the Royalton Invitational on Tuesday as she took home first place by more than a minute.

It was the first win in her career in a varsity 5K meet. Savageau crossed the finish line in 21:01 to lead the Silverstreaks to a second-place team finish. Carissa Andres of Pierz was second individually in 22:04 as she led her team to the first-place finish in the team standings.

“Royalton is a challenging course with a lot of turns, tree roots, rocks, etc, and (Lauren) took control of the race early and managed her energy well,” Osakis head coach Justin Dahlheimer said.

Freshman Grace Oeltjen was not far behind her teammate as Oeltjen finished sixth in 22:38.

“Grace finished as a medalist and really gutted out the race,” Dahlheimer said. “She wasn’t feeling that great early on but competed hard for her teammates.”

Rachel Walsh (23:04) and Destiny Dorman (23:13) were 12th and 13th.

“Rachel and Destiny continue to close the gap between them and Grace, which is leading to higher finishes for the team,” Dahlheimer said.

Eighth graders Emily Moberg (24:52), Kerstin Moberg (24:52) and Mackenzie Fiskness (24:58) rounded out the 23rd, 24th and 25th place spots. It was just the second 5K race for the trio.

“I was especially proud of (them),” Dahlheimer said. “They were aggressive on a challenging course and it paid off. We discussed before the meet that we needed to use our depth to our advantage and take some risks to see who’s day it was going to be, and it was clearly those three who had a great day and finished off our score. Their improvement has been fun to watch this season.”

Osakis boys take third

The Osakis boys varsity team finished in third place in the six-team field with 81 total points behind a top-10 finish from William Alverson.

The junior captain came in ninth in 18:44.

“Will ran a fantastic race to medal, kicking down a few kids he’s finished behind in many of the meets this year,” Dahlheimer said. “It’s great to see that grit at the end of the race when we need it the most. That really set the tone, and the others responded.”

Brandon Boogaard was not far behind in 14th place (19:36). Brently Boogaard took 22nd (20:31) and Logan Grove (25th, 20:40) and Xavier Pahl (28th, 20:46) rounded out Osakis’ top five. Dylan Klukken in 33rd (21:30) and Shane Massmann (36th, 21:49) finished off the lineup.

“Brandon ran really well,” Dahlheimer said. “He’s so calm and confident. As the intensity of competition increases, Brandon focuses on the elements he controls. The depth behind (Will and Brandon) responded and powered us to a good finish. It was good to see them out aggressive and taking chances.”

Dahlheimer likes the way both teams are rounding into form with the Central Minnesota Conference meet looming in Kimball on Oct. 17.

“Our performance is evidence that our emphasis on strength and the hard work the kids have been putting in is showing the good results we expected,” Dahlheimer said.

ROYALTON INVITEGIRLS TEAM FINISHES - Pierz - 32; Osakis - 54; Hinckley-Finlayson - 89; Royalton - 105; Mille Lacs - 125; Rush City - 142; East Central - 150   BOYS TEAM FINISHES - Rush City - 44; Pierz - 71; Osakis - 81; Hinckley-Finlayson - 98; St. John’s Prep - 102; Royalton - 107
Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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