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Cross country: Cardinals run to first-place finishes in DL

Alexandria's Dane Galloway races to the finish line with Detroit Lakes' Peyton Nordby during Thursday's Detroit Lakes Invite. Galloway edged Nordby in a photo finish to win the race. (Robert Williams / Forum News Service)1 / 4
The Alexandria girls team of (left to right) Bethany Miller, Stormy Hegg (511), Jaelyn Miller, Caitlin Bright and Heavyn Bordak run right with each other during the Detroit Lakes Invite on Thursday. (Robert Williams / Forum News Service) 2 / 4
Dane Galloway3 / 4
Jaelyn Miller4 / 4

The Alexandria cross country teams are relatively inexperienced, especially on the boys’ side, but the Cardinals got a taste of victory on Thursday as both teams won the Detroit Lakes Invite.

“This course is definitely the hardest course of the year and the Alexandria teams took the challenge,” head coach Travis Hochhalter said. “The attitude and efforts of the Alexandria runners was again amazing. Lots of fans came to cheer us on the runners. Great day for Alexandria running! It’s a great day when you gain confidence.”

The Alexandria boys got a photo finish from junior Dane Galloway as he won in a time of 18:02.6. That was just in front of Peyton Nordby of Detroit Lakes.

It was part of four top-10 finishes for the Cardinals. Sophomore Jacob Kleven was fourth (18:22.6), senior Noah Struck was sixth (18:23.1) and senior Jack Englund was ninth (18:28.4). Junior Brian Denke rounded out the scoring in 14th place (18:58.4), and sophomore Hayden Peterson (23rd, 19:45.5) and sophomore Andrew Sparr (29th, 20:04.2) rounded out the lineup.

“The coaches were extremely pleased with how well our entire team competed over the final 1,600 meters on one of the most challenging courses of the season,” Hochhalter said. “Dane Galloway had a fantastic race, running a personal best and running 101 seconds faster than last week! He won by a lean at the finish line, battling with the DL boy for the last 200 meters.”

The Alexandria girls dominated the team portion of the meet after scoring 23 points, well ahead of Shanley in second at 86 and Fergus Falls in third at 89.

Youngster Jaelyn Miller, a seventh-grader, led the charge as she finished second individually in 20:52.6. Miller led a pack of four straight Cardinal finishers as junior Caitlin Bright was third (20:53.1), freshman Aleah Miller fourth (21:00.1) and junior Bethany Miller fifth (21:19.9).

Senior Stormy Hegg was not far behind in ninth (22:00.3). A sign of dominance by the Cardinals was that junior Heavyn Bordak finished 10th (22:02.9) and sophomore Taelor Dummer 12th (22:22), and they didn’t even factor into the team scoring.

“These girls looked very strong with a strong finish with only a 1:08 gap for our top five runners,” Hochhalter said. “These girls raced hard and with confidence! Taelor Dummer had a great race on a very tough and hilly course, too.”

The Cardinals will try to carry over the momentum of this race into an invite at Little Falls next. They will race there at 4 p.m. on Sept. 13.

DETROIT LAKES INVITE

BOYS TEAM RESULTS - Alexandria - 34; Detroit Lakes - 41; Shanley - 74; Thief River Falls - 115; Frazee - 124; Fergus Falls - 153; Lake Park-Audubon - 196; Pelican Rapids - 215

GIRLS TEAM RESULTS - Alexandria - 23; Shanley - 86; Fergus Falls - 89; Pelican Rapids - 118; Lake Park-Audubon - 129; Thief River Falls - 143; Detroit Lakes - 162; Hawley - 201

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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