The Alexandria cross country teams opened up their seasons on Friday at Brainerd as the girls dominated the field and the boys took second.

“We had great weather for running and our runners ran well,” Alexandria head coach Travis Hochhalter said. “It was a very good start to our season. I was impressed with the talent of Alexandria 6-12.”

The Alexandria girls varsity team was in complete control as the Cardinals scored just 15 points for the win. St. Cloud Tech was a distant second with 65 points and Brainerd was third with 76.

Caitlin Bright led the way as she won the race in 21:02.5. It was part of a finish that saw Alexandria come in with the top seven runners.

Freshman Giselle Jahner was second in 21:09. Taelor Dummer was third (21:10.5), Emma Ecker fourth (21:14.5), Aleah Miller fifth (21:16.2), Jaelyn Miller sixth (21:45.3) and Heavyn Bordak was seventh (22:00.1).

The Alexandria boys finished with 60 points to finish second behind GNK with 35.

Senior Dane Galloway led the Cardinals with a third-place finish in 18:11.3, and Jacob Kleven was fifth in 18:17.7. Brian Denke finished 11th in 18:38.9. Joey Carlson was 18th in 19:12.9, and Bennett Wirth rounded out the Cardinals’ top-five finishers in 23rd place overall with a time of 19:25.1.

Joel Brault was 24th in 19:26.5, and Cameron Hochsprung finished 26th (19:37.6) to round out Alexandria’s lineup.