SPICER — The Minnewaska girls cross-country varsity team had a strong outing at the New London-Spicer Invitational on Thursday.

Three Lakers finished in the top three to win the 13-team invitational at Little Crow Golf Course. Minnewaska, ranked fourth in Class A, had 51 points to beat second-place Morris/Chokio-Alberta, which had 96.

Eighth-graders Olivia Danielson and Lauren Ankeny placed first and second for Minnewaska. Danielson is ranked eighth in the state.

For the boys, Sauk Centre clinched the top slot as a team with a score of 72, followed by Benson/KMS in second with 81 and NLS in third with 95.

Sauk Centre junior Brandon Kampsen placed first individually with a time of 17 minutes, 48.9 seconds followed by Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball’s Henry Lemke, who was second with an 18:07.7.

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Benson senior Jacob Gareis placed 10th with a time of 19:36.7 at the New London-Spicer Invite on Thursday at the Little Crow Golf Course in Spicer. Matthew Curry / West Central Tribune
Benson senior Jacob Gareis placed 10th with a time of 19:36.7 at the New London-Spicer Invite on Thursday at the Little Crow Golf Course in Spicer. Matthew Curry / West Central Tribune

Benson/KMS senior Landon Thompson clinched the third place slot with 18:23.5, Litchfield freshman Ole Rogness placed fourth with 18:47.3 and NLS junior Jack Barney rounded out the top five with 18:58.5.

From the opening shot, Danielson and Ankeny proved to be a threat on the Little Crow Golf Course, contesting for the top spots before taking first and second by the first turn.

Heading into the second lap, the duo held a significant distance from the other 74 runners.

When it came to finish, Danielson eased in with a time of 21:42.2 seconds. Nearly 30 seconds later, Ankeny finished second with a time of 22:10.4.

Minnewaska senior Sydnie Chevalier clinched the third place slot with a time of 22:23.0. New London-Spicer ninth-grader Payton Dahl took fourth place with 22:38.0.

Minnewaska's Alexx Carlson pushed hard towards the finish line, placing 29th (25:45.2) on Thursday at the New London-Spicer Invite at the Little Crow Golf Course in Spicer. Matthew Curry / West Central Tribune
Minnewaska's Alexx Carlson pushed hard towards the finish line, placing 29th (25:45.2) on Thursday at the New London-Spicer Invite at the Little Crow Golf Course in Spicer. Matthew Curry / West Central Tribune

With the top three slots going to the Lakers, Minnewaska went on to take the first place spot with a team score of 51. Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta finished second with 96 and Melrose finished third with 113.

The varsity races got in just before lightning halted the completion of the invitational. The junior varsity races were canceled. Middle-schoolers did get to run their meet.



New London-Spicer Wildcats' junior Nixon Harrier finished with a time of 20:41.2 at the New London-Spicer Invite on Thursday at the Little Crow Golf Course in Spicer. Matthew Curry / West Central Tribune
New London-Spicer Wildcats' junior Nixon Harrier finished with a time of 20:41.2 at the New London-Spicer Invite on Thursday at the Little Crow Golf Course in Spicer. Matthew Curry / West Central Tribune
Litchfield sophomore Camryn Iverson placed 23rd at the New London-Spicer Invitational on Thursday with a time of 25:12.5 at the Little Crow Golf Course in Spicer. Matthew Curry / West Central Tribune
Litchfield sophomore Camryn Iverson placed 23rd at the New London-Spicer Invitational on Thursday with a time of 25:12.5 at the Little Crow Golf Course in Spicer. Matthew Curry / West Central Tribune
Lac qui Parle Valley freshman Taden Clark finished with a time of 20:34.8 at the New London-Spicer Invitational on Thursday at the Little Crow Golf Course in Spicer. Matthew Curry / West Central Tribune
Lac qui Parle Valley freshman Taden Clark finished with a time of 20:34.8 at the New London-Spicer Invitational on Thursday at the Little Crow Golf Course in Spicer. Matthew Curry / West Central Tribune

NLS Invitational

Boys

Team scoring

(1) Sauk Centre 72 … (2) Benson/KMS 81 … (3) New London-Spicer 95 … (4) Melrose Area 131 … (5) Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 133 … (6) Litchfield 136 … (7) Brandon-Evansville 164 … (8) Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 220 … (9) Ortonville 248 …(10) Minnewaska 250 … (11) Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 253 … (12) Central MN Christian/Community Christian 260 … (13) Long Prairie Eagle 344.

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Brandon Kampsen, SC, 17:48.9 … (2) Henry Lemke, EV-W/Kimball, 18:07.7 … (3) Landon Thompson, Ben/KMS, 18:23.5 … (4) Ole Rogness, Litch, 18:47.3 … (5) Jack Barney, NLS, 18:58.5.
BENSON/KMS — (3) Thompson … (10) Jacob Gareis 19:36.7 … (12) Isaac Wirth 19:45.5 … (26) Ely Johnson 20:24.3 … (32) Jaron Furney 20:37.2.
CMCS — (20) Timothy Brouwer 20:10.7 … (28) Sam Zwart 20:31.8 … (46) Kaiden Ruis 21:19.5 … (91) Isaac Asche 26:43.3 … (93) Gabe Honken 27:06.2.
LQPV/D-B — (9) Eli Hegland 19:32.4 … (11) Kaiden Allpress 19:44.7 … (31) Taden Clark 20:34.8 … (36) Payton Sterud 20:42.4 … (49) Kade Solem 21:25.1.
LITCHFIELD — (4) Rogness … (13) Devin Steinhaus 19:45.6 … (25) Gavyn Sundue 20:22.8 … (35) Owen Carlson 20:41.5 … (65) Ethan Knudsen 22:15.6.
MINNEWASKA — (30) Nick Ankeny 20:33.8 … (48) Jace Kovarik 21:21 … (50) Zach Palmer 21:27.2 … (64) James Ward 22:15.5 … (69) Ian Mills 22:53.5.
NLS — (5) Barney … (15) Isaiah Nelson 19:47.5 … (19) Jett Kubesh 20:06.4 … (27) Carson Sampson 20:28.3 … (33) Carson McCain 20:38.2.

Girls

Team scoring

(1) Minnewaska 51 … (2) Morris Area/C-A 96 … (3) Melrose 113 … (4) Ben/KMS 114 … (5) Litchfield 122 … (6) New London-Spicer 123 … (7) Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 142 … (8) Paynesville 161 … (9) Sauk Centre 208 … (10) Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 213.

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Olivia Danielson, Minne, 21:42.2 … (2) Lauren Ankeny, Minne, 22:10.4 … (3) Sydnie Chevalier 22:23 … (4) Peyton Dahl, NLS, 22:38 … (5) Izabella Hernandez, E V-Wat/Kim, 22:57.5
BENSON/KMS — (13) Erica Bakke 23:37.9 … (24) Natalie Jorschumb 25:12 … (35) Amber Rosemeier 25:58.7 … (37) Alissa Thompson 26:01.5 … (38) Julia Bakke 26:02.7.
LITCHFIELD — (7) Kimberlyn Case 23:17 … (23) Shelby Dengerud 25:10.9 … (25) Camryn Iverson 25:12.5 … (43) Mackenzie Lundin 26:11.6 … (56) Riley Joyer 28:09.4.
MINNEWASKA — (1) Danielson … (2) Ankeny … (3) Chevalier … (29) Alexx Carlson 25:45.2 … (30) Emma Kovarik 25:49.3.
NLS — (4) Dahl … (32) Emily Gratton 25:53.2 … (33) Emersyn Hagen 25:53.9 … (39) Mady Woelfel 26:03.6 … (48) Raeann Holmquist 26:44.4.
PAYNESVILLE — (16) Ellie Zimmermann 24:01.3 … (26) Paige Frenchick 25:23.9 … (28) Madison Wendlandt 25:39.8 … (59) Tressa Lieser 28:38.2 … (71) Kylie Hoekstra 32:21.8