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Cross Country: Fearsome foursome leads CMCS

Central Minnesota Christian takes the top 4 girls’ spots at MACCRAY/RCW Invitational.

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CMCS Bluejays sophomore Sidney Duininck sprints to a first-place finish at the MACCRAY/RCW Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at Stoney Creek Golf Course in Renville.
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RENVILLE — The Central Minnesota Christian School girls’ cross-country put on a show on Thursday evening on a nearly perfect day.

The CMCS Bluejays took the top four individual spots to win the MACCRAY/RCW Invitational.

The Wabasso Rabbits were second with 48 points. Lakeview took third with 50 in ideal conditions that included temperatures in the low 60s with cloud cover at Stoney Creek Golf Course.

The Central Minnesota Christian School Bluejays' girls cross country team dominated.

“The girls have been working hard and I’m excited about where they can go,” CMCS head coach Becky Graves said. “We came into today with perfect weather and a nice, flat course. The conditions were right and the girls were ready. … They really encourage each other and work well together.”

Bluejays sophomore Sidney Duininck crossed the finish line first with a personal best time of 20 minutes, 57 seconds.

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CMCS Bluejays eighth-grader Annaliese Wood sprints to a second-place finish at the MACCRAY/RCW Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at Stoney Creek Golf Course in Renville.
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The first-place finish comes as a first for Duininck, who is a sophomore in her third year on the team. She finished 45 seconds in front of her teammate, eighth-grader Annaliese Wood, who placed second with a time of 21:42.

“I feel very accomplished and happy. I saw that not many people were behind me, so I was just trying to make that gap bigger,” Duininck said. “I knew the weather was going to be nice. I prepared myself to work really hard for this.”

CMCS’ success did not stop at Duininck and Wood. The next two racers to cross the finish line also donned all-blue racing uniforms.

Bluejays senior Abby Timmer finished third in 22:24 and freshman Maggie Setrum finished fourth with a time of 22:32.

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“That was so amazing,'' Duininck said of some of her Bluejays teammates finishing right behind her. “My teammates are improving so much and we have a good future for our team. I’m really happy that we all did so well.”

Two other area girls finished in the top 10. Yellow Medicine East senior Sanjana Pullan took fifth with a time of 22:45 and BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart’s Kenna Henriksen finished in ninth in 23:32.

As for the boys race, Ortonville saw three runners finish in the top 10, winning with a 39 team score. Following the Trojans were Lakeview, with 42 points, MACCRAY/RCW with 66 and Wabasso with 69.

Lakeview senior Ethan Schwankl took home the individual victory in 17:49.

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Lakeview Lakers' Ethan Schwankl races to victory during the MACCRAY/RCW Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at Stoney Creek Golf Course in Renville.
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Four area boys finished in the top 10. MACCRAY/RCW’s Ivan Barrera led the pack with a second-place comeback finish in 17:57. He passed BOLD/BLHS’ Niko Garcia by one second.

“At the start, I was in second. I just wanted to finish second the whole race. I actually wanted first but Ethan was way too far ahead,” Barrera said. “When I saw the final stretch, I told myself, ‘I got to push it, I got to push it. I need second.’”

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MACCRAY/RCW senior Ivan Barrera sprints to a second-place finish at the MACCRAY/RCW Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at Stoney Creek Golf Course in Renville.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune

Barrera’s time came as a personal-best in his first and final cross-country season as he is a senior. He also plays defensive back and quarterback for MACCRAY’s football team.

Rounding out the area top 10 was CMCS’ Timothy Brouwer in fifth in 18:21 and BOLD/BLHS’ Daniel Frank, who finished eighth with a time of 18:56.

MACCRAY/RCW Invite

Boys

Team scoring
(1) Ortonville 39 (2) Lakeview 42 (3) MACCRAY/RCW 66 (4) Wabasso 69

Individual
TOP FIVE — (1) Ethan Schwankl, L, 17:49 (2) Ivan Barrera, M/RCW, 17:57 (3) Niko Garcia, B, 17:58 (4) Jacob Cloos, O, 18:07 (5) Timothy Brouwer, CMCS, 18:21

BOLD/BLHS — (3) Garcia 17:58 (8) Daniel Frank 18:56 (12) Carter Macik 19:38
CMCS — (3) Brouwer 18:21 (15) Jackson Marcus 20:10 (18) Kaiden Ruis 20:16 (32) Caleb Greydanus 22:18
CCS — (11) Micah Lindgren 19:33 (16) Jack Velyan 20:13
MACCRAY/RCW — (2) Barrera 17:57 (20) Isaiah Schroeder 20:35 (21) Ryan Schrupp 20:38 (29) Daniel Seehusen 21:57 (33) Josiah Seehusen 22:42

Girls

Team scoring
(1) CMCS 22 (2) Wabasso 48 (3) Lakeview 50

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Individual
TOP FIVE — (1) Sidney Duininck, CMCS, 20:57 (2) Annaliese Wood, CMCS, 21:42 (3) Abby Timmer, CMCS, 22:24 (4) Maggie Setrum, CMCS, 22:32 (5) Sanjana Pullan, YME, 22:45

BOLD/BLHS — (9) Kenna Henriksen 23:32
CMCS — (1) Duininck 20:57 (2) Wood 21:42 (3) Timer 22:24 … (4) Setrum 22:32 (15) Ashlyn Brouwer 24:53 (22) Gabby Pederson 27:53

Rocori Invitational

The Willmar girls edged Alexandria 49-51 to win the title at the Rocori Invitational.

The meet was held at Oak Hill Golf Course in Cold Spring.

Willmar’s Lauren Eilers took first place with a time of 19 minutes, 4.1 seconds on the 5,000-meter course. Alexandria’s Citori Hable took second in 19:21.4.

Eilers was followed by Hannah Quinn’s seventh-place finish, Sophia Negen’s 11th-place showing, Erin Eilers’ 16th-place finish and Madi Engstrom’s 22nd-place showing.

In the boys’ race, Big Lake took first with 36 points, beating Fergus Falls’ 97. Willmar took ninth with a 213.

Big Lake’s Owen Layton took first in 15:45.6. Willmar’s Sully Anez finished third in 16:06.2.

Boys

Team scoring
(1) Big Lake 36 (2) Fergus Falls 97 (3) Alexandria 108 (4) Rocori 123 (5) Cambridge-Isanti 128 (6) Foley 171 (7) St. Cloud Tech 201 (8) Annandale 201 (9) Willmar 213 (10) Princeton 242 (11) Little Falls 280 (12) Sauk Rapids 293 (13) Thief River Falls 300 (14) Fargo South 304

Individual
TOP FIVE — (1) Owen Layton, BL, 15:45.6 (2) Kade Layton, BL, 15:57.6 (3) Sully Anez, Will, 16:06.2 (4) Vincelt Kaluza, Roc, 16:11.2 (5) Jack Leuer, BL, 16:14.9

WILLMAR — (3) Anez (29) Eli Heinen 17:58.4 (51) Soren Newberg 18:38.5 (55) Matthew Eystad 18:46.0 (75) Zach Engstrom 19:41.7

Girls

Team scoring
(1) Willmar 49 (2) Alexandria 51 (3) Rocori 84 (4) Little Falls 101 (5) Annandale 122 (6) Fergus Falls 150 (7) Cambridge-Isanti 162 (8) Fargo South 213 (9) Thief River Falls 228 (10) Foley 266 (11) Big Lake 271

Individual
TOP FIVE — (1) Lauren Eilers, Will, 19:04.1 (2) Citori Hable, Alex, 19:21.4 (3) Elise Hofer, Roc, 19:25.2 (4) Julia Daubner, Princeton, 19:45.4 (5) Stella Rusch, St. Cloud Tech, 19:47.5

WILLMAR — (1) L. Eilers (7) Hannah Quinn 19:51.3 (11) Sophia Negen 20:04.1 (16) Erin Eilers 20:21.5 (22) Madi Engstrom 20:45.0

Caty Delwiche Invitational

The Litchfield girls and St. James’ boys took home championships at the Caty Delwiche Invitational run at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School.

The Dragons girls scored 89 points to beat second-place Sibley East, which had 119. Litchfield’s Kala Ziegler led the way, finishing 11th overall with a time of 21 minutes, 50.7 seconds.

Elsa Helstrom was 12th in 21:55.5. All five Litchfield runners finished in the top 25.

The overall girls champion was Isabelle Schmitz, who timed in at 18:12.6.

St. James scored 52 points to beat second-place Litchfield, which had 110.

Litchfield’s Ole Rogness took eighth overall in 18:02.8.

The boys’ winner was Josiah DeMaris of Madelia/Truman/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther. He had a time of 16:38.6.

Boys

Team scoring
(1) St. James 52 (2) Litchfield 110 (3) Glencoe-Silver Lake 116 (4) Sibley East 116 (5) Madelia/Truman/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther 126 (6) Norwood Young America 147 (7) Lester Prairie 161 (8) Holy Family Catholic 175 (9) St. Peter 207 (10) Hutchinson 249 (11) Le Sueur-Henderson 266 (12) Minnesota Valley Lutheran 280 (13) Watertown-Mayer 402

Individual
TOP FIVE — (1) Josiah DeMaris, M/T/GHEC/ML, 16:38.6 (2) Levi Miest, SJ, 16:41.1 (3) Tyson Farley, Hutch, 17:14.8 (4) Trevor Parrott, SE, 17:35.9 (5) Jake Druley, NYA, 17:40.2

LITCHFIELD — (8) Ole Rogness 18:02.8 (16) Owen Carlson 18:44.9 (18) August Swenson 18:50.9 (33) Lincoln Dille 19:55.3 (35) Xander Chvatal 19:56.3

Girls

Team scoring
(1) Litchfield 89 (2) Sibley East 119 (3) Holy Family Catholic 122 (4) St. James 128 (5) Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 129 (6) Lester Prairie 152 (7) Hutchinson 165 (8) Le Sueur-Henderson 180 (9) Glencoe-Silver Lake 183 (10) St. Peter 219 (11) Watertown-Mayer 222 (12) Norwood Young America 230

Individual
TOP FIVE — (1) Isabelle Schmitz, Hutch, 18:12.6 (2) Addison Hoof, LP, 18:59.1 (3) Madyson Steele, GFW, 21:08.2 (4) Ashley Vos 21:15.4 (5) Norah Renstrom, LH, 21:17.0

LITCHFIELD — (11) Kala Ziegler 21:50.7 (12) Elsa Helstrom 21:55.5 (20) Abby Thoma 22:40.1 (21) Kimberlyn Case 22:44.7 (25) Tynisa Lara 23:08.5

EVW/Kimball Invite

Paynesville/Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa sophomore Madi Wendlandt finished second in the girls’ division of the Kimball/Eden Valley-Watkins Invitational at the Kimball Golf Course.

Wendlandt finished the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 25.89 seconds to finish behind Morris/Chokio-Alberta’s Hailey Werk, who had a time of 20.19.86.

The Sauk Centre boys and EVW/K girls took home team titles.

The Mainstreeters’ Brandon Kampsen helped lead Sauk Centre by winning the individual title in 15:58.95. Sauk Centre had 25 points to Morris/CA’s 70. Paynesville/BBE was fourth with 85 points. Kaden Pieper led the way for Paynesville/BBE with a time of 20:03.90, good for 11th place.

EVW/K’s girls had 43 points. Hinckley-Finlayson took second with 61. Paynesville/BBE was sixth with 109 points.

Boys

Team scoring
(1) Sauk Centre 25 (2) Morris/Chokio-Alberta 70 (3) Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 81 (4) Paynesville/Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 85 (5) Maple Lake 127 (6) St. John’s Prep 149 (7) Hinckley-Finlayson 216

Individual
TOP FIVE — (1) Brandon Kampsen, SC, 15:58.95 (2) Henry Lemke, K/EVW, 17:29.97 (3) Jacob Drevlow, SC, 18:01.01 (4) Nicholas Lind, ML, 18:29.29 (5) Gavin Stallman, MCA, 18:41.76

PAYNESVILLE/BBE — (11) Kaden Pieper 20:03.90 (12) Brady Schwinghammer 20:03.94 (15) Brandon Hess 20:17.95 (22) Alex Blonigan 20:50.24 (25) Taylor Pieper 21:11.92
MORRIS/CA — (5) Ga. Stallman (9) Matthew Giese 19:28.95 (16) Grady Stallman 20:24.99 (17) Truett Richards 20:28.42 (23) Jacob Buhl 20:59.05

Girls

Team scoring
(1) Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 43 (2) Hinckley-Finlayson 61 (3) Morris/Chokio-Alberta 66 (4) Sauk Centre 105 (5) Maple Lake 106 (6) Paynesville/Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 109

Individual
TOP FIVE — (1) Hailey Werk, Morris/CA, 20:19.86 … (2) Madi Wendlandt, Pay, 20:25.89 … (3) Reese Hartl, H-F, 20:53.15 … (4) Brookelyn Kuechle, K/EVW, 21:32.86 … (5) Ellie Kuechle, KEVW, 21:53.89

PAYNESVILLE/BBE — (2) Wendlandt (17) Paige Frenchick 23:51 (24) Lauren Ellefson 24:51.69 (34) Tressa Lieser 25:47.95 (43) Faith Dickhausen 29:29.87
MORRIS/CA — (1) Werk (8) Kendal Fischer 22:11.00 (14) Hanna Schultz 23:46.48 (21) Avery Waterworth 24:25.87 (27) Alayna Perkins 25:15.99

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Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in June 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.
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