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Cross country: Grove sets school record in Osakis’ opening meet

Osakis' Carter Grove runs in a race during the 2017 season in Sauk Centre. Grove, a junior now, set a new school record time in the season-opening meet at Morris on Tuesday after finishing 13th in 17 minutes, 50 seconds. (File photo)

The Osakis boys and girls cross country teams opened up the season at the Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta Invite on Tuesday evening as the varsity boys came back in ninth place.

The Silverstreaks did not run enough girls in the 5K varsity race to qualify as a full team.

“Overall, the meet was a great rust-buster, giving the kids their first official competition of the season,” head coach Justin Dahlheimer said. “The focus of the first weeks of our season is assessing where people are at, setting their goals, and beginning our training progression. This meet showed me that we have many kids that are starting the season way ahead of where they finished up last year.”

Jacob Bright of West Central Area won the boys race in a time of 16:49, while Carter Grove led Osakis in 13th place. He finished in 17:50.

“Carter Grove paced our boys, running a school-record time at the 5k distance on a pretty challenging course,” Dahlheimer said. “He’s been aiming for that record for a few seasons, and we are so excited to see his hard work pay off already in the first meet of the season.”

William Alverson was the Silverstreaks’ second-place runner in 35th place and a time of 19:19.

Logan Grove finished 68th (20:58) individually. Joseph VanAcker was 71st (21:07), Dylan Klukken 83rd (22:09) and Xavier Pahl rounded out the lineup in 88th place (22:33).

“Joe VanAcker also had a terrific opening race, right near his personal record already,” Dahlheimer said. “We elected to run a handful of boys at the shorter junior varsity distance and they ran well, showing the depth our varsity boys can expect to have once they move up in distance.”

Rachel Walsh paced the Osakis girls after finishing 29th in 23:56. Destiny Dorman was next in line in a time of 25:53 (56th), while Hailey Hagedon (66th, 27:24) and Madison Nystrom (71st, 28:46) rounded out Osakis’ varsity runners.

“Rachel led the girls team, running a good time for this point in the season,” Dahlheimer said. “She’s determined to make some big improvements this year, and this race indicates that she’s on a path towards that type of improvement. We had some girls sitting out that would complete our varsity score. They should be competing in a few weeks.”

Osakis will run next when the Silverstreaks go to the Long Prairie Golf Club at 4:30 p.m. for an invite on Sept. 10.

MACA INVITE

BOYS VARSITY TEAM SCORES - LQPV - 46; West Central Area - 67; Melrose - 82; Benson-KMS - 120; Morris Area - 127; Wadena-DC - 140; Paynesville Area - 145; New London-Spicer - 191; Osakis - 218; Sauk Centre - 292

GIRLS VARSITY TEAM SCORES - LQPV - 67; WCA - 76; Sauk Centre - 84; Paynesville - 99; Morris Area - 112; Wadena-Deer Creek - 119; New London-Spicer - 130; Melrose Area - 192; Benson-KMS - 221

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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