The young Osakis boys and girls cross country teams raced through cold conditions with 30-plus mile-per-hour winds at the Section 6A Meet at the Long Prairie Golf Club on Thursday.
Two more teams were added to Section 6A, which meant the Silverstreaks were racing more than 20 teams.
The girls team finished eighth overall with 256 points behind Morris Area school with 180 points in seventh place. Senior Lauren Savageau finished first for the Silverstreaks in 11th overall with a 20:50.30 time. It was Savageau’s fastest time on that course.
“Lauren was the first girl not to make it to state, which is tough to see a senior have to deal with being that close and not get to advance,” Osakis coach Justin Dahlheimer said. “She’s been to state cross country before, she’s a successful athlete in her other sports, so this isn’t a moment that will define her career as a runner.”
Grace Oeltjen came in 24th in 21:46.70. Rachel Walsh was 52nd in 22:48.00.
“The girls really finished well,” Dahlheimer said. “I felt a couple, Grace Oeltjen, Rachel Walsh, and Anna Wolf had their best races of the season.”
Wolf was fourth for the Silverstreaks in 85th place in 24:03.10 followed closely by Destiny Dorman in 86th place in 24:03.20. Hailey Hagedon came in 103rd in 24:45.80.
The Osakis boys finished in 14th place overall.
“The boys are still pretty young and a little spread out, so in a large meet that’s going to depress their score a bit,” Dahlheimer said.
Carter Grove was first across the finish line for the Silverstreaks. His 18:17.50 time earned him the 25th place overall. Brandon Boogaard came in 67th in 19:22.30 followed by William Alverson in 74th place in 19:33.60.
Brently Boogaard placed 88th in 19:57.50 and Logan Grove was 109th in 20:47.50. Shane Massmann came in 115th place in 21:10.30.
“I thought Carter ran a fantastic race, a personal best on that course in those conditions,” Dahlheimer said. “Same with Brandon Boogaard. He stepped up as our number two runner when Will had an off day. Logan Grove fought hard to close out the boys score in a stiff wind that doesn’t benefit a younger, slighter runner, so I admire that effort he gave his team.”
The Osakis cross country team graduates three seniors this year. Savageau on the girls team and Austin Kulzer and Massmann on the boys team.
“The leadership this team had with terrific captains, Austin, Will, Shane, and Lauren was fantastic,” Dahlheimer said. “These kids have a great perspective, and as a coach, every year, I learn a lot from them about finding the joy in the day to day. The things we all remember about the season usually have little to do with where the team finished, and more to do about the kids we have in our program.”
SECTION 6A MEET