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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.

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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