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Cross country: Lakers finish fourth at Paynesville

Both Lauryn Ankeny and Maeson Tank had top-four finishes for the Lakers.

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PAYNESVILLE — The Minnewaska cross country teams came back from the Paynesville Invite at Koronis Hill Golf Course on Tuesday with fourth-place finishes for both the boys and girls.

Rocori swept the varsity races, winning with 39 points in the boys’ race and 25 in the girls’ race.

The Minnewaska girls finished with 89 team points behind a second-place finish from Lauryn Ankeny. Ankeny finished the 5K in 20:14.80. Elise Hofer of Rocori won the race in 19:47.50, a 6:22.3 mile pace.

Elsey Hagen (17th, 22:37.50) and Piper Citrowske (18th, 22:39.50) finished right next to each other for Minnewaska. Aubrey Stark (25th, 23:07.40), Sydney Ankeny (27th, 23:40.70), Teagan Stark (28th, 23:48.10) and Alexx Carlson (50th, 27:11.40) finished the Minnewaska lineup.

The Minnewaska boys finished with 117 team points. Maeson Tank continued his strong season by taking fourth in 17:41.30, a 5:41.6 mile pace. Brandon Kampsen of Sauk Centre won the boys’ race in 16:18.60, a 5:15 mile pace.

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Nick Ankeny was second for the Lakers and 18th overall in 19:11.80. Zach Palmer was 25th (19:54.60), Ian Mills 31st (20:17.50) and James Ward was 48th (21:30.20) to finish off the scoring for Minnewaska. Jayce Kovarik (49th, 21:34.30) and Carter Dinsmore (51st, 21:38.50) also ran varsity for the Lakers.

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GIRLS TEAM SCORES - Rocori - 25; New London-Spicer - 81; Eden Valley-Watkins - 87; Minnewaska - 89; Melrose Area - 98; Maple Lake - 175; Sauk Centre - 188; Paynesville - 191

BOYS TEAM SCORES - Rocori - 39; Sauk Centre - 59; New London-Spicer - 102; Minnewaska - 117; Melrose Area - 127; Eden Valley-Watkins - 154; St. Cloud Christian - 162; Paynesville - 172; Maple Lake - 205

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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