ALEXANDRIA — The Willmar girls took fifth and the boys 10th at a huge cross-country invitational Saturday at Arrowwood Resort.

Willmar’s girls scored 206 points at the Alexandria Invitational to finish behind Edina (74), St. Paul Highland Park (102), Alexandria (132) and Farmington (173). New London-Spicer took 22nd place with a 575.

“The girls lost to a conference and section rival (in) Alexandria, who they had beat earlier in the season,” said Cardinals head coach Eric Hjelden. “They narrowly beat the other conference and section rival, Rocori (seventh, 214).

“The girls are going to have to regroup and refocus for the upcoming conference and section meets.”

Highland Park’s Molly Moening won the 5,000-meter race in 18 minutes, 23.2 seconds. Lauren Eilers was Willmar’s top finisher, taking 19th place with a time of 19:34.9. Peyton Dahl finished 97th for NLS, timing in at 22:13.2

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Mounds View won the boys’ race with 91 points. Roseville (125) was second, Edina (132) was third and Highland Park (133) was fourth. Willmar scored 350 points. New London-Spicer’s boys finished in 26th place with 706 points.

“Most of the teams from the section were at the meet, giving the boys a clear idea of where they stand in Section 8AA,” Hjelden said. “The closest section team to the boys was Pequot Lakes, placing 18th and 111 points away from the Willmar boys.”

There were 27 boys teams and 24 girls teams fielding complete squads.

Elliott McArthur of Mounds View won the boys’ race in 15:59.3. Willmar’s Sully Anez placed 10th in 16:43.3. Isaiah Nelson was NLS’ top finisher. He placed 121st in 19:05.0.

Alexandria Lions Invitational

Boys

Team scoring
(1) Mounds View 91 … (2) Roseville 125 … (3) Edina 132 … (4) St. Paul Highland Park 133 … (5) White Bear Lake 169 … (6) Stillwater 180 … (7) Buffalo 208 … (8) St. Thomas Academy 285 … (9) Farmington 314 … (10) Willmar 350 … (11) Staples-Motley 350 … (12) Chaska 358 … (13) Marshall 384 … (14) Sartell 388 … (15) Sioux Falls Washington 394 … (16) Chanhassen 406 … (17) Pequot Lakes 461 … (18) Alexandria 467 … (19) Albany 487 … (20) East Grand Forks 522 … (21) Rocori 527 … (22) Becker 550 … (23) Windom 560 … (24) Little Falls 649 … (25) Thief River Falls 680 … (26) New London-Spicer 706 … (27) Detroit Lakes 725
Individual
TOP FIVE — (1) Elliott McArthur, MV, 15:59.3 … (2) Ernest Mattson, WBL, 16:01.7 … (3) Jimmy Olson, Rose, 16:06.8 … (4) Nolan Sutter, Chas, 16:07.4 … (5) Will Skelly, MV, 16:14.6
WILLMAR — (10) Sully Anez 16:43.3 … (20) Colin O’Farrell 17:07.3 … (97) Ryan Kuhlman 18:30.4 … (101) Kory Behm 18:35.8 … (122) Brandan Zepeda 19:05.7
NLS — (121) Isaiah Nelson 19:05.0 … (144) Carson Sampson 19:35.7 … (146) Paul Skretvedt 19:37.9 … (147) Henry Vetsch 19:39.5 … (148) Nixon Harrier 19:40.0

Girls

Team scoring
(1) Edina 74 … (2) St. Paul Highland Park 102 … (3) Alexandria 132 … (4) Farmington 173 … (5) Willmar 206 … (6) Mounds View 211 … (7) Rocori 214 … (8) Stillwater 233 … (9) Chanhassen 240 … (10) Staples-Motley 251 … (11) Marshall 268 … (12) Becker 340 … (13) Sioux Falls Washington 361 … (14) Roseville 375 … (15) Pequot Lakes 393 … (16) Chaska 414 … (17) Albany 471 … (18) Little Falls 500 … (19) Sartell 508 … (20) Detroit Lakes 530 … (21) Thief River Falls 571 … (22) New London-Spicer 575 … (23) Windom 629 … (24) East Grand Forks
Individual
TOP FIVE — (1) Molly Moening, SPHP, 18:23.2 … (2) Olivia Goebel, Al, 18:26.9 … (3) Marissa Long, Chan, 18:49.2 … (4) Aleah Miller, Alex, 18:51.1 … (5) Brooke Elert, Still, 19:04.8
WILLMAR — (19) Lauren Eilers 19:34.9 … (25) Erin Eilers 19:54.6 … (26) Nina Dawson 19:57.2 … (60) Sophia Quinn 21:00.0 … (76) Lyndi Koosman 21:20.9
NLS — (97) Peyton Dahl 22:13.2 … (116) Ava Steffensen 22:53.2 … (117) Halle Steffensen 22:53.2 … (121) Stella Moline 23:07.3 … (124) Emily Gratton 23:23.4

Boys Soccer

Valley Christian 5, CCS 3

Community Christian School of Willmar fell to Valley Christian School in Osceola, Wisconsin.

Valley Christian led 2-0 at halftime.

For CCS, Eduardo Montejano, Mark Arnold and David Mulder had goals. Juan Ramirez and Max Arnold split goalkeeping duties. Ramirez had four saves and Arnold two.

CCS ............................... 0 3 — 3
Valley Christian ............ 2 3 — 5