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Cross country: Osakis returns from Sauk Centre in fifth, sixth place

The Osakis boys and girls cross country teams got in their first of two meets this week by going to Sauk Centre on Tuesday and coming back with fifth and sixth-place finishes, respectively.

“This meet kicks off another busy week of bigger, competitive meets as we hone our racing into top form for conference and sections coming in a few weeks,” Osakis head coach Justin Dahlheimer said. “The weather was cool, and the course is somewhat challenging in that it is very wide open, but we did a great job mixing it up with a range of competitions.”

The boys took fifth with 142 total points after another top-10 finish from junior Carter Grove. Grove came across in 17:41, while fellow junior Daniel Savageau was second for Osakis and 16th overall in 18:09.3. Tyson Mahar, a sophomore from East Grand Forks, had the winning time of 16:46.1.

William Alverson finished 27th in a time of 18:42.1. Brently Boogaard (39th, 19:46) and Brandon Boogaard (53rd, 20:25.1) rounded out the team scoring, while Logan Grove (55th, 20:33.4) and Joseph VanAcker (61st, 20:46.9) finished off the lineup.

“Carter did a great job leading the team with a very high place in a competitive field,” Dahlheimer said. “He’s being aggressive in his start and getting ready to see the results of all his consistent training. I’m proud of Daniel Savageau of getting his first medalist position in a race this season. He has such a strong finish. Brently Boogaard and Brandon Boogaard ran really well, stepping up to finish out our score. It’s great to see them coming on at this point in the season.”

The Osakis girls were led by Grace Oeltjen and Rachel Walsh again. Oeltjen was 13th overall in 22:02.8 and Walsh was right behind her in 15th place in a time of 22:05.3.

Destiny Dorman was 23rd in 22:44.9. Madison Nystrom (49th, 24:51.1) and Hailey Hagedon (56th, 25:42.7) finished off Osakis’ scoring, while Natalie Schlosser (63rd, 26:49.7) and Julianna Collins (64th, 26:59.5) also ran varsity.

“The duo of Grace Oeltjen and Rachel Walsh put the girls team in a great scoring position,” Dahlheimer said. “It’s fun to see them work together and push each other to improve. Destiny Dorman finished just outside the top 20 with a very inspired race, and Madi Nystrom once again had a huge personal record to score as our fourth runner.”

Dahlheimer likes the way the Osakis girls have progressed this season after losing a top runner like Lauren Savageau to graduation last season.

“When you lose a key senior runner like this group did, you hope to see them respond by taking the initiative to make up that difference, and they are doing just that,” Dahlheimer said. “We are a smaller girls team then we’ve had, but the quality and work ethic of that group is as high as any that I’ve had in the past five years.”

Katherine Geist of Crookston won the girls meet in a time of 19:20, and East Grand Forks made it a clean sweep in the team competition by winning both the boys and girls meets.

Osakis will now look ahead to facing a talented field of runners at the Alexandria Lions Meet of Champions on Saturday at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center. The girls varsity will race at 12:30 p.m. that day, with the boys racing at 1:05.

MINNEWASKA SCORES

The first-year Minnewaska program did not have enough athletes running varsity to qualify for team scores, but the Lakers did have individuals compete.

Sydney Hagen led the Minnewaska girls in 19th place overall with a time of 22:14.1. Elsey Hagen was 40th in 23:47.4 and Teagan Stark (42nd, 23:50.1) and Molly Hjelm (48th, 24:22.9) rounded out the lineup.

For the boys, Isaiah Testa led the way in 52nd place overall and a time of 20:19.1. Aiden Tank was 72nd (21:42.1) and Grant Hendren rounded out the Lakers’ lineup in 80th place (25:38.5).   

SAUK CENTRE INVITE

BOYS TEAM SCORES - East Grand Forks - 47; Melrose - 77; Morris Area - 84; St. Cloud Cathedral - 85; Osakis - 142; Pierz - 162; Rocori - 186; Royalton - 186; Sauk Centre - 241; St. John’s Prep - 243; Long Prairie-Grey Eagle - 291

GIRLS TEAM SCORES - East Grand Forks - 50; Sauk Centre - 73; Morris Area - 93; Pierz - 123; LPGE - 151; Osakis - 156; St. Cloud Cathedral - 160; Melrose - 173; Royalton - 173; Rocori - 242; St. John’s Prep - 342

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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