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Cross country: Alexandria teams take second at Rocori

Noah Struck1 / 2
Aleah Miller2 / 2

Both Alexandria cross country teams claimed second place at the Rocori Invite on Thursday.

Noah Struck led all Cardinal runners with a third-place finish, recording a 17:30.3 mark. Dane Galloway and Jacob Kleven were right behind him in the boys meet, coming in fourth and fifth with respective times of 17:43.3 and 17:46.3.

The next batch of Alex runners came in 12th, 13th and 14th place individually. Brian Denke timed out at 18:14.2, Jack Englund clocked in at 18:15.0 and Hayden Peterson finished in 18:22.6.

Andrew Sparr (19:21.7, 33rd), Bennett Wirth (19:23.0, 34th) and Matthew Johnson (19:52.2, 48th) rounded out the top-50 finishers for Alexandria among the 100-man field.

The Cardinals fell just shy of Willmar, who won the meet with 27 points. Alexandria’s 37 was well ahead of Monticello’s 89, Little Falls’ 106 and Rocori’s 116.

For the girls, Aleah Miller’s time of 20:07.1 was good for fifth place out of 58 runners, while Caitlin Bright (20:18.4) and Jaelyn Miller (20:19.7) were right behind in sixth and seventh, respectively.

Next, Bethany Miller crossed the finish line at 20:58.5. Heavyn Bordak (21:08.5, 15th) and Stormy Hegg (21:21.6, 17th) followed suit, and Amanda Bittmann snuck inside the top-25 with a 22:14.8 finish.

Alexandria finished with 45 points, just ahead of Rocori’s 46 but behind Willmar’s 32. Little Falls closed out the team tallies with 113.

The Cards will be off once more when they take part in the Fergus Falls Invite, starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.


BOYS: 1-Willmar 27; 2-Alexandria 37; 3-Monticello 89; 4-Little Falls 106; 5-Rocori 116.

GIRLS: 1-Willmar 32; 2-Alexandria 45; 3-Rocori 46; 4-Little Falls 113.


BOYS: 3-Noah Struck, 17:30.30; 4-Dane Galloway, 17:43.30; 5-Jacob Kleven, 17:46.30; 12-Brian Denke, 18:14.20; 13-Jack Englund, 18:15.00; 14-Hayden Peterson, 18:22.60; 33-Andrew Sparr, 19:21.70; 34-Bennett Wirth, 19:23.00; 48-Matthew Johnson, 19:52.20; 53-Joel Brault, 19:59.90; 54-Cameron Hochsprung, 20:08.60; 55-Noah Huss, 20:16.10; 56-Joseph Carlson, 20:16.90; 64-Nathan Halstead, 20:50.90; 76-Bryce Kraker, 21:29.20; 78-Christian Fleming, 21:32.90; 79-Dallas Frueh, 21:33.30; 92-Wyatt Snitker, 22:47.40; 93-Peyton Fischer, 23:20.30; 94-Evan Schneiderhan, 24:00.40; 97-Logan Rekedal, 24:25.90; 98-Levi Rekedal, 25:11.40.

GIRLS: 5-Aleah Miller, 20:07.10; 6-Caitlin Bright, 20:18.40; 7-Jaelyn Miller, 20:19.70; 12-Bethany Miller, 20:58.50; 15-Heavyn Bordak, 21:08.50; 17-Stormy Hegg, 21:21.60; 25-Amanda Bittmann, 22:14.80; 26-Taelor Dummer, 22:19.50; 27-Emma Ecker, 22:20.70; 30-Grace Panther, 23:14.90; 31-Rachel Kumorowicz, 23:17.00; 32-Carly Wiire, 23:21.90; 33-Mary Whalen, 23:24.60; 41-Greta Urke, 24:26.50; 42-Sam Reger, 24:26.90; 43-Cathryn Bloom, 24:27.40; 44-Julia Brito, 24:27.60; 48-Graci Uhde, 24:44.00.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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