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Cross country: Miller caps off breakout season with top honor

Alexandria 7th-grader Jaelyn Miller leads her teammates down the course at the Lions Meet of Champions on Oct. 6, 2018. Miller was named the Cardinals' most outstanding runner after her first season on varsity. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)1 / 4
Stormy Hegg2 / 4
Mary Whalen3 / 4
Taelor Dummer4 / 4

Another season that ended at the state meet for the Alexandria girls cross country program was honored as a Cardinal newcomer brought home the team's top award.

Seventh-grader Jaelyn Miller ran beyond her years of experience the whole season and earned the team's Most Outstanding Runner Award in the process. She was 53rd among all individuals at the Class AA state meet in a time of 19:02.8.

Senior Mary Whalen was named the Cardinal XC Award winner, while Taelor Dummer was the Most Improved Award winner and Stormy Hegg brought home the Coaches' Award.

Hegg was the lone senior on the state-meet team that finished eighth in the Class AA race this fall. She finished in a time of 20:48, while Dummer was right in front of her in 20:38.7.

Alexandria should be right back in the mix for another state-meet bid in 2019. The Cardinals return six athletes from this year's state team in Jaelyn Miller and her older sisters Aleah and Bethany, along with juniors Caitlin Bright and Heavyn Bordak, and Dummer as a sophomore.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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