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Lakers find success in LF

For the third time in as many weeks, the Detroit Lakes boys' cross country team had a new leader across the finish line.

Thursday it was junior Brandon Olson's turn, after he finished 24th with a time of 17:27.5 as the first Laker in during the Little Falls Invitational.

A total of four DL runners finished under the 18-minute mark, which helped them to a seventh place finish out of 16 teams, ahead of seven Section 8-2A opponents.

"This is by far the best race of Brandon's (Olson) career," said DL head boys' coach Bill Kvebak. "He dropped a full minute off his time, too."

Olson put a complete race together, after he ran with DL senior teammate Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles in the first two miles during the Lakers' home meet last week.

But Olson dropped off after that second mile to finish third on the team.

Thursday, though, Olson remained strong past the two-mile mark, and it looks like he's only going to get better as the season progresses.

"He was able to run strong past two miles this time," Kvebak said. "It's also exciting having three different leaders after three races, it shows quality depth."

Ramstad-Skoyles still had another good race, taking 31st with a time of 17:38.0, while Jason Stallman improved his time in 35th at 17:47.0.

"Dylan's time is his personal best on that course," Kvebak said.

Travis King just nicked the 18-minute mark for the first time in his career, finishing with a time of 17:59.3 for 46th.

Mike Okeson was a 55th place finisher, while Jake and Ian Fritz were solid fill-ins for normal varsity starters Wes and Patrick Bakken.

"It was both their first time running in a varsity meet and they had an excellent showing," Kvebak added.

The Laker girls finished 14th out of 17 teams, with Abby Ullyott leading the way once again for DL in 48th with a time of 16:43.5.

Kiki Schumacher was 52nd at 16:46.4, while Brita Johnson (73), Veronica Haverkamp (75), Mackenzie Foltz (80) and Dana Langworthy (101) rounded out the Lakers' lineup.

The Lakers will compete in the Milaca Invitational, which attracts teams from all over the state.

The DL boys will have four different teams running, which is the most they've ever had competing in the mega-meet.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Little Falls, Thursday, Sept. 16.

Girls' team results -- Monticello 47, Hopkins 77, St. Cloud Cathedral 98, Brainerd 144, Forest Lake 150, Bemidji 183, Alexandria 210, Perham 236, Little Falls 241, Grand Rapids 253, Staples-Motley 274, Rocori 308, Roseau 322, Detroit Lakes 328, Fergus Falls 415, St. Cloud Apollo 423, St. Cloud Tech 510.

DL results -- 48. Abby Ullyott, 16:43.5; 52. Kiki Schumacher, 16:46.4; 73. Brita Johnson, 17:27.1; 75. Veronica Haverkamp, 17:30.2; 80. Mackenzie Foltz, 17:37.6; 101. Dana Langworthy, 18:36.6.

Boys' team results -- 1. Alexandria 62, Hopkins 77, Perham 81, Monticello 120, St. Cloud Cathedral 131, Bemidji 149, Detroit Lakes 191, Little Falls 229, Fergus Falls 235, St. Cloud Tech 298, Brainerd 312, St. Cloud Apollo 352, Rocori 353, Staples-Motley 368, Grand Rapids 394, Roseau 416.

DL results -- 24. Brandon Olson, 17:27.5; 31. Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles, 17:38.0; 35. Jason Stallman, 17:47.0; 46. Travis King, 17:59.3; 55. Mike Okeson, 18:22.2; 83. Jake Fritz, 19:12.0; 91. Ian Fritz, 19:45.4.

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