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Cross Country: Brights carry Knights to second place at conference meet

The West Central Area boys and girls cross country teams headed back to Perham for the Heart of Lakes Conference meet on Tuesday afternoon. Both teams finished in second place behind Perham.

Eighth grader Lexi Bright finished third overall in 19:38.62, coming in first for the girls varsity team. This was her second all-conference medal.

Bryn Fernholz came in 12th in 20:17.31 for her third all-conference award. Teagan Nelson followed closely in 13th in 20:17.87 for her second all-conference medal, while Ella Van Kempen finished 15th in 20:22.25 for her fifth all-conference honor.

Eighth grader Kennedy Porter placed 25th, setting a personal record in 21:54.13. Chloe LaRue, coming off of a hip injury, finished in 30th place in 22:18.93 followed by Steph Toms in 42nd in 24:22.93.

The girls earned 68 points to secure the second place spot behind Peham with 28 points.

Jacob Bright was the very first runner to cross the finish line in the boys varsity race. He finished in 16:10.52, beating his time from last week's race on the Perham course.

Jack Van Kempen finished 12th in 17:23.60 followed by Kyle Schill in 13th in 17:24.17, both earning their first all-conference medals. Kade Runge was one slot shy of all conference in 16th place overall with a time of 17:48.15.

Kaleb Getz finished 21st in 18:09.56 followed by Alex Salwasser (18:23.06) in 24th place and Reubens Swanson (18:39.03) in 28th.

"We are really a very young boys team with three sophomores, one ninth grader and three eighth graders in the top seven for us," Knights coach John Van Kempen said. "We are improving with each meet as the season winds down and we are looking forward to how we can fare in the Section 6A Meet in late October."

The Knight race again on Monday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. in Park Rapids at the Headwaters Country Club.