Under some wet weather conditions, the Alexandria boys and girls cross country teams performed against one of the better fields they have faced so far this year in Little Falls on Thursday at the Lucky Lindy Invite.
Teams dealt with a lightning delay and wondering if they were even going to get a chance to run, but the weather cleared up enough to get the meet in.
The Alexandria girls were up to the challenge against 16 other programs as the Cardinals won with 42 points. Rocori was a distant second with 63 despite three top-eight finishers for the Spartans.
Alexandria had a little more depth than Rocori. The top-five team scorers for the Cardinals were all separated by just 25 seconds.
“They looked great and ran with confidence, running some of their best races,” Alexandria head coach Travis Hochhalter said of his girls.
Caitlin Bright and Aleah Miller both crossed the finish line in 19:35.2 to finish fourth and fifth. Emma Ecker came across in 19:53.5 to finish 10th, and Jaelyn Miller (19:57, 11th) and Giselle Jahner (20:00.3, 12th) rounded out the scoring. Bethany Miller finished in 20:09.3 for a 14th-place finish, and Taelor Dummer ran a personal-best time of 20:32.2, good for 25th.
Boys finish eighth
The Alexandria boys ran to an eighth-place finish in a field of 18 teams.
The Cardinals finished with 171 points as Perham won the meet with 69. Bemidji was second with 86 and Staples-Motley rounded out the top three with 107.
Hochhalter was proud of the way his guys competed against a talented field.
Jacob Kleven led the way for the Cardinals in 17:07.1, good for 12th overall. That was 54 seconds faster than his previous meet.
Dane Galloway was not far behind in 19th place with a time of 17:35.8, and Brian Denke (38th) finished in 18:00.9. Joey Carlson was Alexandria’s fourth runner in 18:09.3 (43rd) and Bennett Wirth finished in 18:26.3, good for 59th place. Wirth’s time was 40 seconds faster than his previous personal best.
Joel Brault finished in 18:31.4 (62nd) with a time that was 51 seconds faster than his previous PR, and Cameron Hochsprung rounded out the varsity lineup in a time of 18:39.1, good for 70th place out of 124 runners.