Prep Sports Roundup: Minnewaska girls cross-country team edges Staples-Motley by one point

Lakers beat Cardinals 39-38 at Minnewaska Invitational. West Central Area boys take first. Minnewaska finishes fourth.

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GLENWOOD — The Minnewaska girls cross-country team held off Staples-Motley to win its home invitational Wednesday at the Minnewaska Golf Club.

The Laker girls, ranked 11th in the Class A preseason poll, finished with 38 points, one ahead of Staples-Motley’s 39.

Pacing the Minnewaska girls was eighth-grader Olivia Danielson, who won with a time of 19 minutes, 21 seconds, finishing .07 seconds ahead of second-place Kyanna Burton of Staples-Motley. Lauren Ankeny (sixth, 20:38.40) and Sydnie Chevalier (seventh, 20:39.13) also placed in the top 10 for the Lakers.

In the boys race, West Central Area took the top spot with a team score of 30, besting Redwood Valley’s 59. The Knights’ Alex Salwasser had the top time with 16:56.83. In second place was teammate Kade Runge at 17:06.89.

Minnewaska placed fourth with 92 points.


Minnewaska Invitational


Team scoring

(1) West Central Area 30 (2) Redwood Valley 59 (3) Staples-Motley 59 (4) Minnewaska 92 (5) Osakis 111 (Inc) BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle


TOP FIVE — (1) Alex Salwasser, WCA, 16:56.83 (2) Kade Runge, WCA, 17:06.89 (3) Isaiah Tabatt, S-M, 17:10.07 (4) Lyle Brownell, S-M, 17:18.94 (5) Will Ahrens, RV, 17:19.65
MINNEWASKA — (11) Maeson Tank 17:50.44 (16) Nick Ankeny 18:55.62 (19) Zach Palmer 19:13.58 (21) Jace Kovarik 19:23.72 (31) Ian Mills 20:40.93
BOLD/BLHS — (17) Niko Garcia 19:04.69 (30) Daniel Frank 20:33.80 (35) Jack Iverson 21:55.75


Team scoring

(1) Minnewaska 38 (2) Staples-Motley 39 (3) West Central Area 78 (4) Redwood Valley 79 (5) Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 119


TOP FIVE — (1) Olivia Danielson, Minn, 19:21.00 (2) Kyanna Burton, S-M, 19:21.07 (3) Aften Robinson, S-M, 19:32.65 (4) Lexi Bright, WCA, 19:52.34 (5) Caroline Kuehne, LPGE, 20:05.59
MINNEWASKA — (1) Danielson (6) Lauren Ankeny 20:38.40 (7) Sydnie Chevalier 20:39.13 (11) Kiearra Wilmes 21:14.73 (13) Elsey Hagen 21:51.47

Prep Sports
CLC top performers

Willmar boys soccer player Alan Millan and Cardinals boys cross-country runner Colin O’Farrell have been named Central Lakes Conference performers of the week.

Millan, a senior, anchored Willmar’s defense and had a great defensive save. O’Farrell won the St. Cloud Apollo Invitational with a time of 17 minutes, 16 seconds.

Other performers of the week were:

  • From Fergus Falls, football player Carter Thielke and girls tennis players Mia Marsh and Hannah Anderson;

  • From St. Cloud Apollo, football player Andrew Karls and girls swimmer Bre Boucher;

  • From Sauk Rapids, boys soccer player Eli Moilanen and girls soccer player Maggie Fernholz;

  • From Sartell, girls soccer player Chloe Turner, girls cross-country runner Abby Williamson and volleyball player Aubrey Flynn;

  • From Brainerd, girls tennis player Catherine Moraghan;

  • And from St. Cloud Tech, volleyball player Grace Ciarrochi.

WCC top performers

The West Central Conference has announced its performers of the week for Week 2 of the prep season. They are: Sauk Centre volleyball player Maddie Nelson and three athletes from Melrose: girls swimmer Hallie Drossel; boys cross-country runner Luke Braun and girls cross-country runner Kayla Meyer.


Week 1 performers of the week in the WCC were: Melrose volleyball player Brooke Meyer; Morris/Chokio-Alberta girls tennis player Kassidy Girard and Sauk Centre girls swimmer Mikayla Haskamp.

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