APPLETON — In her first year competing in cross-country, MACCRAY/Renville County West’s Kori Bristle has emerged as her team’s top runner.

Bristle showcased her talent on Thursday, taking first place at the Lac qui Parle Valley triangular from the Appleton Golf Course.

She finished her run with a time of 23 minutes, 14.41 seconds.

“It’s pretty fun. I definitely was not expecting (to win), but I kept up with the people right next to me and then pushed hard at the end,” she said.

Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd runner Zeke Sather leads the pack during Tuesday's Lac qui Parle Valley triangular from the Appleton Golf Course in Appleton. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune
Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd runner Zeke Sather leads the pack during Tuesday's Lac qui Parle Valley triangular from the Appleton Golf Course in Appleton. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

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Running the course for the first time on a warm and sunny afternoon, Bristle remarked on how difficult the hills were to deal with. But at the end, she was able to pull away from Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta’s Hailey Werk to pick up the victory.

With three finishers in the top four, Morris/CA won the team portion of the meet with 18 points.

MACCRAY/Renville County West runner Brandon Hoberg approaches the finish line during Tuesday's Lac qui Parle Valley triangular from the Appleton Golf Course in Appleton. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune
MACCRAY/Renville County West runner Brandon Hoberg approaches the finish line during Tuesday's Lac qui Parle Valley triangular from the Appleton Golf Course in Appleton. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

On the boys side, LQPV/D-B and top runner Zeke Sather were dominant. The team produced the top seven finishers, with Sather well ahead of the pack to capture the victory. Darius Fenske and Caleb Johnson were second and third, respectively.

LQPV/D-B finished with a team score of 15 while Sather clocked in at 17:11.34, a full minute ahead of Fenske.

“It was a pretty nice race,” Sather said. “There was no wind, so that really helps out. And it wasn’t a bad temperature to be out running, either. The weather was pretty nice. It was a little difficult since we had a meet Tuesday, but I feel like our team really pulled through and worked hard.”

LQPV triangular

Boys

Team scoring

(1) Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 15 (2) Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 55 (3) MACCRAY/Renville County West 76

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Zeke Sather, L, 17:11.34 (2) Darius Fenske, L, 18:11.39 (3) Mason Brehmer, L, 18:25.94 (4) Kaiden Allpress, L, 18:42.30 (5) Payton Sterud, L, 18:57.85
LQPV — (1) Sather (2) Fenske (3) Brehmer (4) Allpress (5) Sterud
MACA — (9) Thomas Tiernan, Mo., 20:48.40 (10) Gavin Stallman, Mo. 21:30.60 (11) Matthew Giese, Mo. 21:42.58 (12) Truett Richards, Mo., 21:45.16 (13) Pierce Richards, Mo., 21:46.69
MACCRAY/RCW — (8) brandan Hoberg 20:43.59 (15) Isaiah Schroeder 22:34.95 (16) Ryan Schrupp 23:31.51 (18) Daniel Seehusen 23:37.61 (20) Josiah Seehusen 26:03.05

Girls

Team scoring

(1) Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 18 (2) LQPV/D-B 37 (3) MACCRAY/RCW, incomplete

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Kori Bristle, MACCRAY/RCW, 23:14.41 (2) Hailey Wirk, MACA, 23:21.21 (3) Isabel Fynboh, MACA, 23:58.27 (4) Kaylie Raths, MACA, 23:58.84 (5) Taylor Shelstad, LQPV/D-B, 23;59.59
MACA — (2) Werk (3) Fynbol (4) Raths (6) Anna Backman 24:19.30 (8) Katya Lackey 25:32.55
LQPV/D-B — (5) Shelstad (7) Alex Stitt 25:24.71 (9) Josie Shurb 25:57.05 (10) Rachael Lund 26:30.28 (11) Mya Conroy 26:33.82
MACCRAY/RCW — (1) Bristle (12) Ella Kienitz 26:34.40 (14) Brynn Lozinski 28:40.25