The Osakis and Minnewaska cross country teams both ran at Sauk Centre on Tuesday evening under some cool weather conditions that made for good running weather.
The Osakis boys finished fifth in the 11-team field with 128 points. Melrose won the meet with 66 points, just in front of St. Cloud Cathedral at 68. Morris Area was a distant third with 111.
The Osakis girls did not have enough runners to qualify for a team score with head coach Alison Triebenbach saying her team is fighting some injury and illness.
“Everyone ran a great race yesterday,” Triebenbach said. “Our team was confident after running fast at St. John's and it carried over to another spectacular meet. The weather was perfect for racing and the competition helped drive us. Most ran personal bests for the season.”
Senior Carter Grove again led the Silverstreaks with a second-place finish in 17:06.4. Freshman Marcus Wolf was 16th (18:52.2), juniors Brently Boogaard (19:25) and Logan Grove (19:25.6) were 30th and 31st, and eighth-grader Mason Grove rounded out the scoring in 49th place (20:33). Freshman Isaac Loverink was 55th (20:50.9) and eighth-grader Brennen Gustafson was 56th (20:53.9) to round out the lineup.
“For the boys, we felt our eighth-graders were ready to make the step up from 3,200 meters and they all ran their first 5,000-meter race,” Triebenbach said. “A couple of them finishing in the top seven for our varsity, the others filling out our JV squad so we had complete teams for varsity and junior varsity, and both teams finished in the top five.”
Destiny Dorman led the Osakis girls in 34th place with a time of 23:37. Madison Nystrom was 38th in 23:53, and Julianna Collins was the Silverstreaks’ third varsity runner in 63rd place (27:41.3).
“We're hoping for a quick recovery so they can all run this weekend at Alexandria,” Triebenbach said of the girls ahead of the Lion’s Meet of Champions this coming Saturday.
Minnewaska girls win
The Minnewaska girls paced the nine-team field by winning with 59 points.
Morris Area was second at 73 and Melrose rounded out the top three with 94.
Sydney Hagen was fifth overall to lead the Lakers in a time of 21:40.7. All five of their scorers were in the top 16. Sydnie Chevalier was 11th (22:03.9), Sydney Perry was 12th (22:12.9), Molly Hjelm was 15th (22:20.1) and Elsey Hagen was 16th (22:24.8). Kiearra Wilmes finished 18th (22:32.4) and Ava Chevalier was 23rd (22:49.3) to round out the lineup.
The Minnewaska boys finished 10th in the 11-team field with 276 points.
Maeson Tank, an eighth-grader, led the Lakers in 26th place with a time of 19:13.7. Nick Ankeny was 43rd in 20:12.5. James Ward was 63rd (21:20.6), Jaden Anderson was 69th (22:22) and Joey Mikel was 75th (24:30.6). Dylan Stryhn rounded things out in 76th place (25:07.9).