Boys dominate Mid-State
The confidence was running high for the Detroit Lakes boys' cross country team entering the Mid-State Conference meet, and it was more than justified, as the Lakers cruised to a dominating win.
The victory Thursday in Pequot Lakes was the Lakers' second-straight conference title, as DL runners swept the top three slots, while six earned all-conference honors.
"It's nice seeing our sixth runner beating most of the teams' second-best runner," said DL head coach Bill Kvebak. "The only key (Thursday) was to show up and run our race. It showed we were the best team there."
After helping his teammate Leif Johnson last year to a Mid-State championship, senior runner Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles took the top honors this time around.
Ramstad-Skoyles' biggest competition was his teammate, junior Brandon Olson, who led the majority of the race leading up to the final 800 meters.
But Ramstad-Skoyles pulled away and won the conference title with a time of 17:25.45, while Olson finished with a mark of 17:30.14 and junior teammate Jason Stallman was third at 17:30.79.
"Our top three runners have separated themselves from the rest of the pack," Kvebak said. "Brandon Olson really set the pace for us, though, he controlled that race. Our top three ran together the entire race."
Juniors Travis King and Wes Bakken finished seventh and eighth, respectively, while sophomore Michael Okeson would not be denied all-conference laurels this year, after finishing one spot out of the top 10 in 2009.
"Mike really battled in the final 800 meters to get into the top 10," Kvebak said. "He literally dove at the finish line to go from 11th to 10th place. That dive earned him all-conference honors."
Junior Patrick Bakken rounded out DL's lineup with a 17th place finish.
The Laker junior varsity also won top conference honors by taking the top eight places, led in by Thomas Sorum with a time of 18:54.70.
"It was nice to see a finish like that for our JV, it bodes well for us in the future," Kvebak said.
The Lakers will cap the regular season in Bemidji Tuesday, starting at 4 p.m.
Mid-State Conference meet at Pequot Lakes, Thursday, Oct. 14.
Team results -- Detroit Lakes 21, Crosby-Ironton 68, Park Rapids 79, Staples-Motley 93, Pequot Lakes 118, Wadena-Deer Creek 146.
DL results (shorter course times) -- 1. Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles 17:25.45; 2. Brandon Olson 17:30.14; 3. Jason Stallman 17:30.79; 7. Travis King 17:56.23; 8. Wes Bakken 17:57.42; 10. Mike Okeson 18:05.42; 17. Pat Bakken 18:39.74.
DL JV results -- 1. Thomas Sorum 18:54.70; 2. Jake Fritz 18:55.01; 3. Ryan Berg 19:06.81; 4. Zach Foltz 19:32.88; 5. Tim McKagan 19:38.85; 6. Jordan Kimball 19:50.20; 7. Ian Fritz 19:59.32; 8. Devin Lange 20:14.12; 17. Anthony Meyer 20:39.85; 18. Nolan Singer 20:41.11; 19. Hunter Schleske 20:48.65; 20. Clem Foltz 20:49.41; 21. Austin Clem 20:49.82; 26. Cody Johnson 21:32.04; 27. Jeremy Sannes-Venhuizen 21:35.41; 28. Cody Edwards 21:41.31; 29. Maxwell Prouty 22:01.71; 31. Frantisek Jung 22:57.47; 33. Shawn Noonan 24:02.80.