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Cross Country: Streaks show individual promise at Long Prairie Invitational

The Osakis cross country teams got a preview of the Section 6A course they’ll be running later in October at the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Invitational on Monday, Sept. 11, in Long Prairie.

It was the Silverstreaks second race of the season with the boy’s varsity team came in 17th and the girls team finished in 12th.

Twenty-three teams competed for the boys, with West Central Area winning with 92 points. Holdingford was second (130) and Staples-Motley was third (131). On the girls’ side, 20 teams competed with WCA winning (60), Albany taking second (100) and Staples-Motley finishing third (134).

“I wasn’t expecting the kids to be very sharp,” Osakis head coach Justin Dahlheimer said. “We just wanted to compete hard. With some big meets coming up, we’ll work on finding that goal pace earlier in the race and use the fitness we’ve been building to hold it.”

Sophomore Carter Grove finished just shy of top 20 in the 21st spot in the boys varsity race (18:33.8). William Alverson was close behind in 42nd place (19:00.1).

“Carter had a breakthrough race,” Dahlheimer said. “In a large meet, to be flirting with the top 20 is excellent. He was out fast and competed very hard down the stretch. Will was close behind, posting another good finish. Those two really push each other in practice, and the gains are coming. We focus a lot on having competitive training groups that elevate the individual and we certainly have that with Carter and Will, as well as a group of boys just behind them.”

Osakis freshman Logan Grove finished 116th (21:20.8) at Long Prairie. Dylan Klukken was 122nd (21:36), Xavier Pahl 124th (21:38), senior shane Massmann finished 128th (22:02.2) and sophomore Joseph VanAcker rounded out the varsity lineup in 136th place (22:57).

“We had a lot of new faces to the varsity lineup, sophomores like Dylan and Xavier, that are showing great potential,” Dahlheimer said.  

For the Osakis girls, senior Lauren Savageau placed ninth overall 22:08.8), competing well against several state ranked runners.

“I was really happy with the toughness Lauren displayed today,” Dahlheimer said. “There were a couple girls ranked in the state in this field, and she ran a smart race to hold back a little that first mile knowing that the conditions were going to punish some kids for being too aggressive.  She picked off quite a few of them.”

Dahlheimer says it was a tough course that challenged runners and the 80 degree weather didn’t make it any easier.

Osakis junior Rachel Walsh finished second on the team and 49th overall in a time of 24:32.1. Destiny Dorman, a freshman, was 53rd in 24:36.

“Rachel and Destiny had a nice opener at the varsity distance, working well together the second half of the race,” Dahlheimer said.

Freshman Anna Wolf was 85th overall (26:21.2). Sophomore Hailey Hagedon was 93rd (26:56.7), Natalie Schlosser 112th (28:06.5), and junior Elana Eckel rounded out the Osakis lineup in 119th place overall (30:00.9).

The Streaks race again at the Pierz Golf Course in Pierz on Monday, Sept 18, at 4:15 p.m. They go to Milaca for a meet on Saturday before heading to St. John’s on Sept. 28 for a 4:30 p.m. start time.