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Roundup: Minnewaska girls win WCC title, while Osakis boys take third at the CMC meet

Eighth-graders Olivia Danielson and Lauryn Ankeny pace Minnewaska to a first-place team finish at the conference championship as they finish 1-2 in the individual race.

The Minnewaska girls cross country team ran away with the West Central Conference championship on Tuesday as the Lakers won with just 23 points.

Melrose Area was a distant second with 53, and Benson-KMS was third with 70 points.

Eighth-graders Olivia Danielson (20:12.8) and Lauryn Ankeny (20:33.3) will be causing opponents fits for years to come as they finished 1-2 in the individual 5K. It was part of four top-five finishes for Minnewaska as junior Kiearra Wilmes was fourth (20:46.6) and Sydnie Chevalier was fifth (21:08.5).

Ava Chevalier finished 12th in 22:57.7. Sophomore Teagan Stark was 22nd in 24:22.1 to round out the Lakers’ lineup.

The Minnewaska boys finished sixth as a team (114 points), but Maeson Tank finished third individually in 17:57. Brandon Kampsen of Sauk Centre won the race in 16:44.9 as he led the Mainstreeters to a team win with just 39 points.

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Nick Ankeny was Minnewaska’s second finisher in 14th place (18:59.8). Zach Palmer (27th, 19:46.2), Jace Kovarik (36th, 20:19.9), Ian Mills (43rd, 21:06), James Ward (45th, 21:26.4) and Jaden Anderson (46th, 21:41.1) finished off the Lakers’ lineup.

Osakis third at conference meet

The Osakis boys finished third in a 6-team field at the Central Minnesota Conference meet in Paynesville on Tuesday.

The Silverstreaks had 80 points. St. John’s Prep won with 33 points, and Holdingford (62) finished second.

Freshman Zach Bruder paced Osakis with a fourth-place finish overall in 18:12.81, and Jacob Taplin was 10th in 18:43.29. Kale Drevlow (15th, 19:13.07), Brennen Gustafson (26th, 20:36.49), Joseph Aaser (27th, 20:37.78), Marcus Wolf (39th, 22:14.46) and Isaac Ruegemer (44th, 23:19.97) ran as well for the Silverstreaks.

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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