Ashby-Brandon-Evansville takes in the experience of the Milaca Mega Meet for the first time

Minnewaska girls win their varsity division at the Milaca Mega Meet.

Cross country

The Ashby-Brandon-Evansville cross country teams ran at the Milaca Mega Meet for the first time on Saturday.

“The team was in awe of the sheer number of runners and they could feel the energy,” head coach Robert Bosma said. “Since we do not have a complete varsity girls team and no juniors or seniors, each of the girls ran their grade-specific race. I let them know that I expected smart races as these were girls from all over running against them and they needed to push themselves through it all.”

Ashley Paulson took seventh in the sophomore girls’ race with a time of 21:23.6. Quynn Beherns took 187th in that same race. Lacey Siira was 100th in the 8th-grade girls race (3200 meters) in 15:37.9, while Ayden Beherns was 170th (17:33.9). Hope Rovang was 174th (16:59.9) in the 7th-grade race, and Tuyet Vy Bui was 138th in the freshmen 5K in 27:33.1.

“Ashley took 7th after running another great race,” Bosma said. “Vy, Lacey, Ayden, and Hope all ran some of their fastest times this year. It was great to see their hard work pay off.”

Minnewaska won the girls’ varsity Division 4 race, and West Central Area was seventh out of 20 teams in the race.


Olivia Danielson finished eighth in 19:40.7 for the Lakers, while Lauryn Ankeny (16th, 20:29.4), Sydnie Chevalier (23rd, 21:12.2), Kiearra Wilmes (29th, 21:32.9), Teagan Stark (71st, 23:29.4); Elsey Hagen (93rd, 24:06) and Emma Kovarik (95th, 24:13.7) rounded out the varsity lineup.

Lexi Bright paced WCA in 15th place (20:28.4). Terina Blasyck (37th, 22:18.4), Victoria Junker (38th, 22:20.2), Alexa Blume (56th, 23:12.4), Kennedy Porter (101st, 24:24.4) and Blaire Rueter (125th, 25:57.9) completed the Knights’ varsity lineup.

A-B-E boys 10th

The A-B-E boys finished 10th as a team in the varsity Division 4 race. Jayden Hoidahl led the way in 43rd place (18:29.4). Logan Froemming was 74th (19:21.7), Abram Fossel 81st (19:33.7), Micah Fossel 82nd (19:35.4), Wesley Siira 86th (19:40.8), and Kian Gackle 131st (20:43.8).

“For the boys, this was a chance where pack running really helped them out,” Bosma said. “Since the varsity ran in groups for most of the race, none of them took off too fast or struggled throughout the race. They all ran great races against some of the top runners in the state.”

West Central Area was third in the Division 4 boys varsity race.

Alex Salwasser and Kade Runge continued their big seasons with a fourth-place finish for Salwasser (16:46.6) and a fifth-place finish for Runge (16:57). Roman Mihailovschi (30th, 17:53.8), Shad Swanson (38th, 18:16), Eli Bergman (40th, 18:20.2), Neko Moran (78th, 19:32.1) and Tyler Biss (120th, 20:26.5) finished off the lineup.

Minnewaska came in 14th out of 26 Division 4 teams, and Parkers Prairie was 21st.

Sophomore Maeson Tank led the Lakers in 32nd place (17:57.5), while Nick Ankeny (66th, 19:15.2), Zach Palmer (73rd, 19:21.5), Jace Kovarik (101st, 20:02.4), Ian Mills (128th, 20:34.8), James Ward (135th, 20:51.3) and Jaden Anderson (157th, 22:21.5) also ran varsity.


Junior James Suchy paced the Panthers in 22nd place overall (17:40.9). Isaac Grabow (148th, 21:49.8), Riley Kortenbush (152nd, 21:56.2), Ross Kortenbush (160th, 22:45.9), Evan Washburn (166th, 22:59.9), Justin Koehn (181st, 24:12.7) and Andrew Sansness (193rd, 26:217.5) finished Parkers Prairie’s lineup.

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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