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Cross country: Osakis boys, girls test themselves against big field at Milaca

Grace Oeltjen

Carter Grove has made a habit out of setting a new school record.

The junior runner for the Osakis boys cross country team led the Silverstreaks to 12th of 22 teams in the Division 4 heat at the Milaca Mega Meet on Saturday, while the girls took 19th behind Grace Oeltjen.

Grove timed out at 17:17.2, breaking his five-day-old record of 17:30.9 from the Pierz Invitational on Sept. 17. Daniel Savageau finished next for Osakis, securing a 46th-place time of 17:58.2. William Alverson was 82nd at 18:38.2, and Jarron Kurth also dipped below 20 minutes at 19:53.3 for 145th.

“I was proud of Will’s race,” Osakis head coach Justin Dahlheimer said. “That’s a personal record for him on this course, which is great to see for a senior. The 4-7 runners were paced by Jarron Kurth, who dipped below 20 minutes for the first time and was the alpha leading that pack of boys to their own personal records. This was the boys highest finish ever at Milaca.”

Logan Grove (20:04.2, 154th), Brently Boogaard (20:07.6, 160th) and Joseph Vanacker (20:11.4, 164th) rounded out the boys finishers.

Oeltjen led the charge for the girls as she finished 43rd in a time of 21:53.5. Destiny Dorman was 72nd in 22:43.6 and Rachel Walsh was 77th in 22:52.2. Hailey Hagedon (25:19.2, 156th), Madison Nystrom (25:30.3, 161st), Natalie Schlosser (27:40.7, 194th) and Julianna Collins (28:40.2, 207th) rounded out the Osakis lineup.

“Grace paced the girls team, and had her first sub-22 minute finish of the season,” Dahlheimer said. “Destiny was very aggressive, running her best race of the season. I was excited to see Hailey Hagedon back in the lineup and stepping up as our fourth runner. That group is really improving.”

Osakis will be back in action on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. when the Silverstreaks compete at the St. John’s Prep Invite.

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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