Girls clinch first title in awhile
Although it was business as usual for the Detroit Lakes girls' cross country team, they did accomplish something which hasn't been usual for a Laker team in up to 15 years -- they won the Mid-State Conference championship.
The Lakers ran away with their first Mid-State title in well over a decade with 47 team points, 11 better than second-place Park Rapids' 58 Thursday in Pequot Lakes.
"We approached the meet as just another meet, regardless if it was conference, I still wanted to see improvement," said DL head girls coach Jon Freeman. "There wasn't any urgency and maybe that's the maturity of this team starting to show.
"But, winning the Mid-State was still a goal and that was in the back of their minds."
The win by the girls made it a complete sweep for the Lakers, as the boys captured their second-straight title, while both junior varsity teams won conference banners as well.
The Lakers were led by eighth grader Abby Ullyott in third place with a time of 14:57.53 (times were a bit faster due to a shorter course).
But 10th through 12th place finishes by sophomore Kiki Schumacher, senior Brita Johnson and freshman Annie Holzgrove, respectively, clinched the title, along with freshman Mackenzie Foltz placing 15th.
Freshman Berit Ramstad-Skoyles rounded out DL's day with a 25th place finish.
"We placed a little lower than what I had them placing in the virtual meet I showed them before the Mid-State," Freeman said. "But I knew if they ran the type of race they have been all year, they would be very hard to beat.
"Also, in past years, we tapered for this meet because it was our state, but we have higher expectations this year."
The majority of the runners finished with personal-best times, which Freeman adjusted due to the shorter course.
"The kids were running on tired legs and most of the other teams had tapered for this meet, but section is our focus this year," Freeman said.
The conference championship is a nice ribbon on the season, though.
"It's a nice award to get and it should boost the kids' confidence," Freeman said.
Rachel Wentz won the JV meet with a time of 16:36.04.
The sixth grade cross-country teams also ended their season well last week in Perham.
Those sixth grade runners who ran this season included Zach Buboltz, Brady Labine, Frey Lemonholm, Aaron Johnson, Bailey Tulius, Mason Sampson, Heather Kunkle, Mackenzie Ostlie, Elliot Musielewicz, Scott Heinecke, Ryan Genz, Kendra Kvebak, Connor Haugrud, Elizabeth Kvebak, Elizabeth Johnson, Zane Freeman, Abby Skinner and Lexa Werner.
DL will close its regular season in Bemidji this Tuesday, starting at 4 p.m.
Mid-State Conference meet at Pequot Lakes, Thursday, Oct. 14.
Team results -- Detroit Lakes 47, Park Rapids 58, Staples-Motley 66, Crosby-Ironton 79, Pequot Lakes 89.
DL results (shortened course) -- 3. Abby Ullyott 14:57.53; 10. Keandra Schumacher 15:25.99; 11. Brita Johnson 15:26.69; 12. Annie Holzgrove 15:30.63; 15. Mackenzie Foltz 15:36.56; 19. Veronica Haverkamp 15:52.86; 25. Berit Ramstad-Skoyles 16:35.96.
DL JV results -- 1. Rachel Wentz 16:36.04; 2. McKenzie Oistad 16:48.82; 4. Jenna Jasken 17:16.46; 5. Courtney Flynn 17:37.46; 7. Emily Zok 17:48.19; 8. Lauren Lies 17:49.23; 9. Shannon Goetz 17:49.52.