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Alexandria girls bring back a Central Lakes Conference title

Aleah Miller is the individual CLC champion, while the Alexandria boys finished third.

The Alexandria girls cross country team wrapped up a Central Lakes Conference championship on Tuesday after running at the conference meet hosted by Rocori.

The Cardinals posted 44 team points. That was just in front of Rocori (50 points) in second and Willmar (52 points) in third.

Depth shined for Alexandria, led by senior Aleah Miller who won the CLC championship with a personal-best time of 18:35.1. Emma Ecker (third, 18:59.1), Jaelyn Miller (10th, 19:38.8) and Brynn Kosters (11th, 19:45.7) joined Aleah as All-CLC runners, while Giselle Jahner (19th, 20:10) finished the team scoring as an honorable-mention All-CLC performer.

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Between the varsity and junior varsity races, the Alexandria girls had 14 season bests and nine personal bests. Sophomore Brynn Cross (30th, 21:19.1) and freshman Bobbi Nichols (32nd, 21:30.6) finished off the Cardinals’ varsity lineup.

“It is a delight to coach the wonderful varsity and JV ladies, and it was fun to see many of these ladies battle out there,” Alexandria head coach Travis Hochhalter said.

The Alexandria boys finished third in the team standings with 97 points. Brainerd won the CLC title with 53 points, while Sartell edged the Cardinals in second with 94 points.

"This meet showed us and made the boys realize what we are up against and want to make that final push into sections here in Alexandria a week from Thursday," Hochhalter said.

Alexandria had three All-CLC runners in Joel Brault (5th, 16:53.3), Harrison Greathouse (8th, 17:20) and Landon Runge (10th, 17:22.2). Tom Wilmesmeier (35th, 18:39.4), Nolan Peterson (39th, 18:44.2), Karl Franson (47th, 19:03.7) and Luke Panther (49th, 19:06) finished Alexandria’s varsity lineup.

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In all, the Alexandria boys had 18 season-best times and 13 personal records in the varsity and junior varsity races.

The Cardinals’ next championship meet will be on their home course. They host the Section 8AA meet starting at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Arrowwood Resort.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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