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Cross country: Osakis boys and girls finish top five at St. John’s

The Osakis cross country teams traveled to St. John’s Prep for the Otto Weber Invite on Thursday as the boys finished fifth among 12 teams and the girls were fourth against 10 other programs.

“We look forward to this meet each year, as it is a nice change of pace from the golf-course style meets,” Osakis head coach Justin Dahlheimer said. “With tree roots, rocks and trails, the kids have a lot more to focus on. There’s also a good mix of larger schools and smaller schools, creating a fun, competitive atmosphere. Top 10 in any race gets you a loaf of Johnny Bread, so we are excited to bring home a few loaves of bread every year.”

Carter Grove got that bread as he continued his big season with the best finish of any Osakis runner. He took eighth in 17:53. Daniel Savageau was next in line for the boys with a 19th-place finish in 18:35. William Alverson was 26th (19:11), Jarron Kurth 49th (20:43) and Brently Boogaard 56th (20:58) to round out the scoring. Joseph Van Acker came in 62nd (21:17) and Logan Grove rounded out the lineup in 64th place with a time of 21:28.

“It was fun to see (Carter) mix it up with a good AA school in Hutchinson,” Dahlheimer said. “Brently ran a really nice personal record on the course, moving up to our fifth runner for this meet. He’s a strong runner with a great finish. Overall, the boys placed well in the field, and it should give us some confidence heading into some big meets next week.”

For the girls, Grace Oeltjen led the way with a 13th-place finish in 22:28. Rachel Walsh was not far behind in 15th (22:35) and Destiny Dorman was 20th in 23:28. Madison Nystrom was Osakis’ fourth runner in 43rd place overall (25:36) and Hailey Hagedon rounded out the scoring in 54th place (26:32). Natalie Schlosser (59th, 27:24) and Mackenzie Fiskness (65th, 27:48) finished off the lineup.

Dahlheimer was impressed with the fourth-place team finish.

“Grace and Rachel finished close to one another, just outside the top 10,” Dahlheimer said. “With Grace improving and Rachel closing the gap between them, it’s showing up in our team score. Madison Nystrom ran a fantastic race to a personal record on that course. You can see the potential she has when she’s aggressive like she was in this race.”

Maple Lake won the girls race with 33 points, well ahead of Hutchinson’s 68 in second place. Hutchinson won the boys race with 29 points, while St. Cloud Apollo was second at 77.


BOYS TEAM SCORES - Hutchinson - 29; St. Cloud Apollo - 77; Rush City - 105; Hinckley-Finlayson - 114; Osakis - 158; Royalton - 189; St. John’s Prep - 195; Maple Lake - 206; Watertown-Mayer - 211; United North Central - 242; Parkers Prairie - 262; Braham - 323

GIRLS TEAM SCORES - Maple Lake - 33; Hutchinson - 68; United North Central - 78; Osakis - 145; Hinckley-Finlayson - 156; Royalton - 167; Watertown-Mayer - 179; St. Cloud Apollo - 184; Mille Lacs - 188; Rush City - 232; Pillager - 320

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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