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Boys Cross Country: Laker program is on the upswing

A group of Lakers take off from the starting line, as they are led by senior Zach Foltz (412). DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

The Detroit Lakes boys’ cross country team is on the move and the direction is straight up.

After ending a state meet drought with junior Matthew Lundstrom qualifying this season, the Lakers are on an upswing as a program.

“Matthew being a state entrant is good for the program and for the younger kids, because now they know how it is done,” said DL head coach Bill Kvebak. “Having someone consistently running out in the front pack is good.”

With Lundstrom also finishing 27th overall in Class 1A and 33rd overall in both classes, his senior season will have some higher expectations tagged to it.

“He’ll have to put in his miles during the offseason and summer and continue the process of not getting injured,” Kvebak said of Lundstrom’s keys to next year.

The Lakers had a solid cache of seniors to lead the team, including Zach Foltz, who has been an important contributor over the last three years, including being a three-year Mid-State All-Conference runner.

“Zach was a phenomenal leader and he worked his tail off all summer to improve,” Kvebak said. “He was our definitive leader of the team. The young guys will follow his example.”

Another senior who had a strong season was Jake Fritz, who helped pull up the middle of the lineup, which helped the team scores.

Other seniors who were vital to the Lakers’ progression through the season include Anthony Meyer, Michael Richter, Cody Edwards and Austin Nelson.

Each of seniors Isaac Clem and Richard Bellefeuille were injured for a good portion of the season, but still showed up to practice to help develop the younger runners.

“If those two were able to perform like they did in past seasons, we would have been a different team,” Kvebak said. “Still, these two worked hard in practice and were good leaders.”

The Lakers had a viable group of freshmen who showed they are the future of DL.

Ninth grade runners such as Aaron Johnson, Brady Labine, Connor Haugrud, Jesse Livermore and Austin Askelson will be asked to elevate their performances in their sophomore seasons.

“We have some high expectations next year and having this pile of freshmen and good younger runners in the other grades, I know we have the kids who will put in the time to meet them,” Kvebak added.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.