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Laker cross country teams polish up for Mid-State Conference

It's official, the Detroit Lakes boys' cross country team has announced it will be a legitimate contender for the upcoming Mid-State Conference championship after another solid outing this season.

The Lakers finished third behind state-ranked Moorhead and host Perham Thursday, with 90 points.

The meet produced a host of personal-best marks and times breaking the 17 and 18-minute barriers.

"Taking third out of 13 complete teams and behind two state-ranked opponents was big for us," said DL head coach Bill Kvebak. "Guys made some big jumps."

Leif Johnson was one of those who cut good time after he ran a sub-17 minute race, with a 16:42.60 to take sixth place.

Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles closed in on the 17-minute mark with a 17:04.37, for 12th place, while the next three Lakers made great time closing the gap between the middle runners and Johnson.

DL's Luke Wiebolt (17:39.71), Wesley Bakken (17:40.69) and Jason Stallman (17:41.62) gathered the 23rd through 25th spots, respectively, to key the team's third-place finish.

"Entering the meet, our back guys were stuck at 1:07 behind (Johnson), but this meet, they closed the gap at 59 seconds," Kvebak said. "Getting the gap between our lead and back runners to under a minute is huge."

Michael Okeson was 31st, while Travis King was 36th and Brandon Olson finished 41st.

The key to the breakout performance Thursday has been the four-week workouts the team has been doing, Kvebak said.

"Their bodies are finally accepting the training," the DL coach commented. "And Perham was also a flat course, which helped."

The Mid-State meet is looming Thursday in Park Rapids, starting at 4 p.m., and it's an event DL is looking forward to.

Last year, the Lakers finished third, and the last time they won a Mid-State title was 1992.

That could change Thursday.

"We have a good opportunity to not just compete well, but win the Mid-State," Kvebak said.

"I believe we'll need five or six runners in the top 10, but I think we could do that."

The Laker girls finished sixth overall, with Abby Ullyott taking her first team-leading finish with a time of 16:08.01 for 17th place.

Marie Yokan, who has been the first DL runner in for most of the season, was 28th with a time of 16:33.34.

Other Lakers finishers included Kiki Schumacher (38), Brita Johnson (39), McKenzie Foltz (42) and Berit Ramstad-Skoyles (50).

Lake Park-Audubon's Nicole Warling finished 37th with a time of 17:02.70, while Suzanne Vetter was the first Hornet in at 72nd, with a time of 21:39.77.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Perham, Thursday, Oct. 8.

Boys' team results: Moorhead 19, Perham 53, Detroit Lakes 90, Little Falls 131, Fergus Falls 182, Bagley/Fosston 217, Roseau 220, West Central 230, Ottertail Central 241, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 262, Wadena-Deer Creek 294, Frazee 303, Park Rapids 310.

DL boys results: 6. Leif Johnson 16:42.60; 12. Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles 17:04.37; 23. Luke Wiebolt 17:39.71; 24. Wesley Bakken 17:40.69; 25. Jason Stallman 17:41.62; 31. Michael Okeson 18:00.79; 36. Travis King 18:14.64; 41. Brandon Olson 18:35.15.

Frazee boys' results: 48. Anthony Mendieta 18:45.79; 51. Alexander Mendieta 18:55.81; 72. Logan Hoehne 19:53.44; 84. Skylar Watchorn 20:17.87; 85. Mykenzey Watchorn 20:42.81; 89. Jason Laine 21:22.17.

Lake Park-Audubon boys' results: 93. Mark Jenson 21:49.44.

Girls' team results: Moorhead 41, Perham 55, Park Rapids 103, Little Falls 116, Roseau 137, Detroit Lakes 158, Pelican Rapids 185, West Central 192, Fergus Falls 215, Lake Park-Audubon 277, Ottertail Central 294.

DL girls' results: 17. Abby Ullyott 16:08.01; 28. Marie Yokan 16:33.34; 38. Keandra Schumacher 17:04.74; 39. Brita Johnson 17:06.24; 42. McKenzie Foltz 17:27.38; 50. Berit Ramstad-Skoyles 17:57.75.

Frazee girls' results: 72. Suzanne Vetter 21:39.77; 76. Anastasia DeNio 24:22.45.

Lake Park-Audubon girls results: 37. Nicole Warling 17:02.70; 43. Ashlyn Strom 17:29.74; 68. Rachel Carlson 19:04.23; 75. Brittany Rislund 24:22.45; 77. Jessica Larson 26:37.21.