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Cross country: Osakis gets its best boys varsity finish ever at Pierz

Zackery Bruder and Jacob Taplin led the way for the Silverstreaks in a field of more than 20 programs.

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Jacob Taplin
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PIERZ — The Osakis cross country teams ran with a big field in Pierz on Monday as the Silverstreaks finished 10th out of 21 programs at the Rey Zimney Stampede.

Osakis had 293 total points. St. Cloud Cathedral won the meet with 70, while St. John’s Prep (111) and Northwest (139) rounded out the top three.

Sophomore Mark Swanson of Northwest won the boys’ varsity 5K race by more than 20 seconds with a time of 16:59.1.

Sophomore Zackery Bruder continued his strong season for Osakis. He had a podium finish in 11th place overall with a time of 18:06.4.

“That was an all-time personal best for him at 5,000m,” head coach Justin Dahlheimer said. “I liked that he took a more patient approach to the first mile of this race and built throughout. That's something we've been talking about and having a large field of runners makes that easier to accomplish. The other boys keyed off of him and ran similar races, more conservative the first mile and competed better in the second half of the race.”

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Junior Jacob Taplin was the Silverstreaks’ second finisher in 31st place overall with a time of 18:49.8. Senior Kale Drevlow was 57th (19:50.5), junior Brennen Gustafson was 102nd (21:21.8) and senior Marcus Wolf finished 106th (21:39.8) to round out Osakis’ lineup.

“I thought Jacob Taplin ran a strong race on a course he hasn't seen in a long time,” Dahlheimer said. “Our 10th place finish is the highest we've ever had there, and I think there's a lot of room to improve our spread between our first and fifth runners in the future meets as we work some other runners into our varsity and give the group more teammates to run with.”

The Osakis girls feature a young nucleus overall and did not have a varsity runner.

“We elected to not run a girls' varsity team and instead focused on the junior high race with our girls,” Dahlheimer said. “Kaia Fiskness won a competitive race with an all-time school record (13:30.6) for the girls’ 3200-meter cross country course. Kaia took command of the race in the last mile and stretched her lead considerably, which bodes well for when she steps up in distance later this season. Katie Collins (14:45.8) joined Kaia on the podium of that race by running a smart race and finishing strong.”

Senior Hailee Zimpel of Zimmerman won the girls varsity 5K race with a time of 19:15.5.

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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