Cross country: Cardinal girls pace Alexandria teams by winning big field at Lucky Lindy
The Alexandria cross country teams continue to make strides early in the season, led by another win by the girls as they raced at the Lucky Lindy Invite in Little Falls on Thursday against 18 other teams.
The girls finished with 82 points, just six points lower than second-place Sartell. Monticello rounded out the top three with 93.
The Alexandria boys finished eighth with 258 points. Moorhead won the race with 62, while Hopkins (64) and Perham (66) rounded out the top three.
“It was a bit hot and muggy this afternoon, but the cloud cover and breeze made it much better than expected,” Alexandria head coach Travis Hochhalter said. “On this great, fast course our boys and girls ran strong despite the warm conditions and ran away with 33 season-best times. It was a good team performance.”
Seventh-grader Jaelyn Miller continues to break onto the scene this year for the Cardinals. She led the way by finishing in 19:48.8, good for fifth place overall.
Caitlin Bright (19:50.8) was eighth, Bethany Miller (20:14.5) was 16th and Aleah Miller (20:27) 19th. Hochhalter lauded the improvement by Taelor Dummer (21:04.2) as she finished 34th overall by cutting off 73 seconds from her previous season-best time. Heavyn Bordak (21:43.7) rounded out the Cardinals’ lineup in 50th place.
The win for the girls was a confidence-booster as it came against a field that included fellow section opponents in Sartell, Monticello, Moorhead and Becker.
“They looked great and ran with confidence running some of their best races,” Hochhalter said of the girls.
Noah Struck led the Alexandria boys with a 34th-place finish (17:30.8), while Jacob Klevin was not far behind in 43rd place (17:50.7).
“Jacob Klevin and Noah Struck stepped up and ran a fantastic race,” Hochhalter said. “Jacob ran 32 seconds faster than last meet and Noah ran 80 seconds faster than last year and 53 seconds faster than last race. The boys had three under 18:00, with every single boy running a season best. Brian Denke shaved off 40 seconds.”
Dane Galloway (17:54.5) was third for Alexandria and 48th overall. Jack Englund (18:11.1) finished 65th, Denke (1:18.5) 68th, Hayden Peterson (18:45.7) was 94th and AJ Sparr (19:34.5) rounded out the lineup in 128th place out of 156 runners.
LUCKY LINDY INVITE
GIRLS TOP-10 TEAM RESULTS - Alexandria - 82; Sartell - 88; Monticello - 91; Perham - 94; Hopkins - 111; Moorhead - 178; Becker - 203; Fergus Falls - 216; Bemidji - 228; United North Central - 312
BOYS TOP-10 TEAM RESULTS - Moorhead - 62; Hopkins - 64; Perham - 66; Sartell - 102; Bemidji - 123; St. Cloud Apollo - 238; GNK - 244; Alexandria - 258; Detroit Lakes - 278; Monticello - 319