Roundup: Alexandria, West Central Area, Minnewaska all grab wins

Alexandria area teams perform well throughout meets this week.

Aleah Miller

The Alexandria girls cross country team came back from Detroit Lakes with an easy win in a field of eight programs, while the boys finished third out of nine teams on Thursday.

The Cardinals put all five of its scorers in the top 10 of the girls’ race on the way to 22 points. Kindred was a distant second at 102.

Aleah Miller (19:54.2) and Emma Ecker (20:27.8) went 1-2 in the 5K race. Giselle Jahner was fourth overall in 21:45.4, while Brynn Kosters (7th, 21:57.7), Jaelyn Miller (8th, 22:02.4), Brynn Cross (15th, 23:21.4) and Kasey Soderholm (17th, 23:41.7) rounded out the varsity lineup.

“These girls looked very strong over the distance with a very strong finish,” head coach Travis Hochhalter said. “They raced hard and with confidence. Aleah Miller had a great race on a very tough and hilly course. It was not only fun to watch these girls compete hard, it was electric as the girls packed it up and were having some fun on this hilly course, supporting the rest of the Alexandria teams.”

Senior Joel Brault narrowly missed winning the boys’ race. He finished second in 17:43.2, just behind Jonathan Krueger of East Grand Forks in 17:42.3. Behind Brault for Alexandria was Harrison Greathouse in 19:24.9. Landon Runge (18th, 19:46.6), Tom Wilmesmeier (24th, 20:10.5), Luke Panther (25th, 20:14.6), Nick Meyers (27th, 20:25.6) and Karl Franson (30th, 20:39.2) finished off the Cardinals’ lineup.


“The coaches were pleased with how well our entire team competed over the hills on one of the most challenging courses of the season,” Hochhalter said. “Joel Brault had a fantastic race, running a season-best 17:43 and running 10 seconds faster than last week. Tom Wilmesmeier and Karl Franson with a nice personal record on a super tough course.”

A-B-E competes at Wadena

The Ashby-Brandon-Evansville boys took eighth in Wadena against an 11-team field on Tuesday.

“This was another meet where I was proud of the team,” A-B-E head coach Robert Bosma said. “Many of them mentioned after the run that it was difficult after being in school all day for the first time this year. They ran heavy and weren't as mentally prepared as they usually are due to school starting. With that being said, the team fought hard with the other runners. We were down a couple runners due to illness/injury, but the others stepped up.”

Jayden Hoidahl led the way with a 16th-place finish in 19:31.7. Logan Froemming was 29th (20:33.9), Kian Gackle 41st (21:46.7), Donell Lee 63rd (24:57.2) and Cohen Reiland 72nd (28:07.3).

“Jayden continues to lead our team for the boys and he ran hard,” Bosma said. “He found a pack to stick with and used their energy to push harder. It was a smart race and effective, which is great. Logan struggled last week, but bounced back nicely this week. Whatever was bothering him was gone and he looked strong and confident again.”

A-B-E did not have five girls run varsity to qualify for a team score, but Ashley Paulson had an 11th-place individual finish in 23:07.3. Tuyet Vy Bui (46th, 30:26.9) and Quynn Behrens (51st, 36:28.4) also ran varsity.

“Ashley ran a good race,” Bosma said. “She is still working to figure out her strategy of when to surge and when to be patient. This race helped her as she saw some great runners from the area. As long as she continues to push forward and learn in every race, she is going to have a successful year.”

Minnewaska girls win home invite, while WCA boys first, Osakis fifth

The Minnewaska girls won their home invite on Wednesday with 38 total points.


That was right in front of Staples-Motley with 39, while West Central Area was third in the five-team field with 78 points.

The Lakers' Olivia Danielson won the varsity race in 19:21. Lauren Ankeny (sixth, 20:38.4), Sydnie Chevalier (7th, 20:39.13), Kiearra Wilmes (11th, 21:14.73) and Elsey Hagen (13th, 21:51.47) rounded out the team scorers for the Lakers.

Lexi Bright led the Knights in fourth place with a time of 19:52.34. Terina Blascyk (14th, 21:59.53), Alexa Blume (16th, 22:33.05), Kennedy Porter (21st, 23:18.72) and Blaire Rueter (23rd, 23:24.36) also ran varsity for the Knights.

West Central Area won the boys race as Alex Salwasser took first individually in 16:56.83. Kade Runge was second (17:06.89), Shad Swanson seventh (17:29.40), Roman Mihalovski eighth (17:39.57) and Eli Bergman 12th (17:56.33) to finish off the Knights’ team score of 30.

Minnewaska was fourth in the boys meet, and Osakis was fifth. Maeson Tank finished 11th overall for the Lakers in 17:50.44, while Nick Ankeny (16th, 18:55.62), Zach Palmer (19th, 19:13.58), Jace Kovarik (21st, 19:23.72), Ian Mills (20:40.93) and James Ward (32nd, 20:44.09) rounded out the Lakers’ varsity lineup.

Jacob Taplin led Osakis as he finished 13th individually in 18:27.93, and Zackery Brueder was right behind him in 14th place (18:30.35). Kale Drevlow finished 24th (19:49.02), Brennen Gustafson 34th (21:22.41) and Marcus Wolf 38th (23:09.85).

A young Osakis girls team did not have any runners on varsity as McKenna Meyers paced the junior high runners in eighth place with a time of 11:22.01 in the 2500-meter run.


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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