Cards, Knights compete at state cross country
The Alexandria cross country teams battled on a cool day in Northfield on Saturday as the Cardinal boys finished 11th as a team and the girls took 12th.
Senior Keaton Gruber paced all Alexandria runners as he capped off his impressive season with a 16th place finish overall in 15:58.4. Jackson Wichtendahl was 57th in 16:28.2. Nolan Christensen finished 121st in 16:59.9, Kyle Vandertuin was 126th (17:06.3), Jack Englund 143rd (17:22.1), Patrick Chromey 156th (17:34.5) and Blake Johnston 170th in 17:54.4.
The Alexandria girls were 12th in the 16-team field after Bethany Miller led the way in 50th place in a time of (19:18.7). Aleah Miller wasn't far behind in 62nd place (19:26.3). Caitlin Bright was 119th (20:11.5), Heavyn Bordak 130th (20:16.5), Lauren Maras 161st (20:59.4), Stormy Hegg 162nd (21:01.3) and Ella Sorensen rounded out the lineup in 174th place (21:23.8).
Brights pace WCA teams
The West Central Area boys finished eighth as a team behind an impressive finish from sophomore Jake Bright. He was ninth overall in the Class A race in 16:18.5.
Jack Van Kempen was 70th in 17:21.9. Kade Runge was 91st (17:33.3), Kyle Schill 121st (17:56.6), Kaleb Getz was 134th (18:08.7), Alex Salwasser was 149th (18:22) and Reubens Swanson rounded out the Knights' lineup in 158th place (18:41.7).
Lexi Bright led the WCA girls to a 15th-place finish as she took 39th overall in 19:58.5. Bryn Fernholz was second for the Knights in 103rd place (20:49.8). Teagan Nelson finished 109th (20:54.5), Ella Van Kempen was 110th (20:54.5), Kennedy Porter 160th (22:07.1), Steph Toms 172nd (23:24.2) and Carly Steiner rounded out the lineup in 174th place (27:00).
Read more about the state experience for all these teams in a future online piece and in Wednesday's print issue of the Echo Press.