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Cross country: B-E wraps up busy stretch in Henning

The Brandon-Evansville cross country teams traveled to Henning on Tuesday night to take part in the OTC Invite as the Chargers start looking toward being ready for the section championship meet on Oct. 25.

“Overall, I was pleased with the results and believe the next two weeks should prove the team has worked hard all year,” B-E head coach Robert Bosma said. “For some runners, this was our third meet in four days. We ran in Wheaton on Saturday, the 7-9 grade runners were at the conference meet on Monday, and then last night. Many of the runners felt heavy and pushed through soreness. They are looking forward to recovering this week and getting ready for conference in Wadena next Tuesday.”

Kiatta Korkowski was eighth in the 3,200-meter race, while Caitlyn Deschene paced the girls in the 5K with a 13th-place finish in 23:33.15. Christina Kuismi was 36th (27:02.81), Maeve Huisman 37th (27:02.81) and Kerryn Lund 38th (29:03) to round out the lineup.

“Caitlyn Deschene ran a strong race even though it was a wet course with many hills,” Bosma said. “She seems to always run her fastest times when the courses are hillier, and she was not far off setting another PR. Maeve and Christina ran well together and pushed each other for most of the race. Kerryn also ran well. In the junior high race, Kiatta had another strong finish challenging runners at the end. I look forward to what she can do for our team in the coming years.”

The B-E boys were paced by Wes Siira in 10th place with a time of 19:09.18. Abram Fossell was 16th in 19:53.73 and Logan Froemming (24th, 20:33.23) and Blake Merritt (32nd, 21:18.59) rounded out the lineup.

“Wes continued to lead our pack. He attacked each hill and used his long stride to gain a significant advantage going down each of them,” Bosma said. “Abram also attacked each hill but wasn't running as comfortable as he normally does. With running three meets in four days, he was heavy and that showed. Logan and Blake again used each other for support and keep pushing to get to the next pack through the race.”

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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