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Cross country: Alexandria runs away with boys, girls meets in Detroit Lakes

The Cardinals filled up the top-10 in both races, while West Central Area also competed on a hilly course in Detroit Lakes on Thursday.

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Alexandria freshman Citori Halbe runs at the Detroit Lakes Invite on Sept. 8, 2022. Halbe won the varsity 5K race in a time of 20:55.5.
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DETROIT LAKES — The Alexandria boys and girls cross country teams both came home with a win from Detroit Lakes on Thursday.

The boys ran to just 22 team points with their top-five individual finishes, while the girls dominated too with 29 points.

“The boys had a chance to take a look at Fergus Falls, which has a very talented group of runners,” Alexandria head coach Travis Hochhalter said. “Fergus will be a team in the section that will be fighting for a top-two finish. We ended up getting their number, beating them by 26 points. The coaches were extremely pleased with how well our entire team competed over the final 1600 meters on one of the most challenging courses of the season. The hard work in workouts is showing with many of the individuals on the team. Boys varsity with a 1, 2, 3, 4, 12 finish was fun to watch.”

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Alexandria senior Harrison Greathouse runs to a first-place finish at the Detroit Lakes Invite on Sept. 8, 2022.
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Harrison Greathouse led the pack with an overall first-place finish in 18:11.9. Landon Runge (18:34.9), Riley Wagner (18:44.4) and Tom Wilmesmeier (18:45.1) rounded out the top four, and Luke Panther finished the team scoring in 19:51.5.

Payton Gessford (20th, 20:32.4) and Nolan Peterson (25th, 20:57.2) also ran varsity for Alexandria.

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It was a very similar story for the girls as the Cardinals used five top-10 finishes and all seven runners in the top 11 to run away with the meet.

“There were several excellent races,” Hochhalter said. “The girls were led by Citori Halbe 1st (20:55.5), Brooklyn Jurchenko 4th (21:35.3), Brynn Kosters 7th (21:55), Jaelyn Miller 8th (22:00) and Giselle Jahner 9th (22:21.8). Citori looked very strong over the distance with a very strong finish. Brooklyn had a great race on a very tough and hilly course. It was electric as the girls were having fun, supporting the rest of the Alexandria teams. Our Alexandria JV posted a great score of 26.”

Bobbi Nichols was 10th in 22:32, and Brynn Cross finished off the varsity lineup in 11th (22:33).

Knights compete in DL

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West Central Area senior Roman Mihailovschi runs to a 14th-place finish at the Detroit Lakes Invite on Sept. 8, 2022.
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West Central Area was also in Detroit Lakes where the girls finished fourth as a team, and the boys finished sixth.

Taylor Bennett led the WCA girls in 21st place in 23:41.8. Kyra Beyer (22nd, 23:55.9), Terina Blascyk (25th, 24:52.5), Skylar Larue (29th, 25:25.5), Brooklyn Stroebel (30th, 25:36.2), Blaire Rueter (32nd, 25:52.1) and Cassidy Reuter (42nd, 26:54.1) finished off the lineup.

Roman Mihailovschi led all WCA finishers by taking 14th in 20:12.4. Noah Olson was right behind in 16th (20:19.3), while Zeke Sieckert (34th, 22:01.1), Aaron Biss (37th, 22:20.3), Simon Moritz (40th, 22:56.2), Michael Girard (46th, 24:08.9) and Isaac Allen (49th, 24:49.6) completed the WCA boys lineup.

“The course at Detroit Lakes is very hilly, which can make hitting times difficult,” WCA head coach Austin Hanson said. “Still, everyone is on the same playing field and we have to be mentally tough moving forward. Skylar LaRue got a PR, which is really tough on that course. We have a week off to recover and train before we head to New London next Thursday.”

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BOYS VARSITY TEAM SCORES - Alexandria 22, Fergus Falls 48, Shanley 101, DL 122, Thief River Falls 132, West Central Area 141, Horace 183, Frazee 198 (53 runners)

GIRLS VARSITY TEAM SCORES - Alexandria 29, Shanley 68, Fergus Falls 85, West Central 127, Thief River Falls 143, Horace 146, Detroit Lakes 148 (49 runners)

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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