DL girls cross country: Close-knit Lakers have solid season
Detroit Lakes senior Veronica Haverkamp has been a longtime contributor for the Laker girls' cross country team, but when her tenure came to an end after the Section 8-2A meet, it wasn't easy.
"There were a lot of tears, it was emotional," Haverkamp said.
"We all got along well. But the team should be good next year, because they have most of the varsity back."
It was a successful season for the Lakers this fall, which was highlighted by winning the Mid-State Conference meet.
The Lakers ran close, with good chemistry and a hard-work ethic, which keyed the season.
"We couldn't wait to start the season," Haverkamp said. "There were a lot of personal best times set through the season.
"Overall, though, I think it was the best season I've ever had and as a team, we were peaking at the end."
There were some breakout seasons had by several younger runners, including eighth grader Kenzie Ostlie, who eventually became DL's front runner.
Ostlie was consistently running sub-16 minute races, which bodes well for next season.
"Kenzie put in the miles during the offseason and she is young and did feel the pressure of being a lead runner," Haverkamp said.
Freshman Abby Ullyott was a close second behind Ostlie, despite having to have to deal with injuries again this season.
Junior Rachel Wentz also started dropping time, along with a host of other young runners who will be important components to the 2013 team.