Patriots sweep at DL triangle

Detroit Lakes' Katie McConckey (1175) and Julia Steffl (1180) make the turn to head outside of Mollberg Field during the girls varsity 5k race at the high school Thursday morning. Robert Williams / Tribune

Pequot Lakes swept both varsity races at the second Detroit Lakes cross country triangular at the high school Thursday, Sept. 3.

The Patriot boys put all five scoring runners in the top six and were negated from a perfect score by Long Prairie-Grey Eagle’s Joe Liebsch in third place.

Detroit Lakes had three top 10 finishes by junior Cole Weber (7th, 19:28.5) and seniors John Bergum (8th, 19:31.1) and Ryan Bergum (10th, 19:34.5).

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DL senior John Bergum runs in a pack with Pequot Lakes' Dawsin Ackerman (1264) and Charlie Schiessl (1283) during Thursday's home triangular. All three runners placed in the top 10. Robert Williams / Tribune


DL’s scoring quintet was rounded out by junior Clint Andresen (20:04.2) and senior Jacob Trout (20:48.6) just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12th places, respectively.

Pequot Lakes junior Jesse Clausen set the pace with a winning 5k time of 18:02.5.

The Lakers finished second with 48 points. The Patriots won with 18. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle was third with 73.

The Patriot girls scored 19 to win, while Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and Detroit Lakes came down to the wire with the visitors edging out the Lakers by two points 52-54 for second place.

Pequot freshman Calia Chaney was the lone runner under 20-minutes with a winning time of 19:51.6.

LP-GE freshman Caroline Kuehne (20:42.3) placed second in front of the next four Patriot runners in third through sixth place.

DL senior Katie McConkey led the Lakers with a seventh place time of 23:55.4. Joining McConkey in the top 10 were sophomores Lilly Baethke (9th, 24:16.1) and Julia Steffl (10th, 24:35.1).

Juniors McKenna Mallow (26:06.6) and Emma Teiken (26:29.6) added scoring runs for DL in 13th and 15th places, respectively.


All three teams will see each other again at the Mid-State Conference meet Oct. 8. The Staples-Motley Cardinals are the defending champions in both divisions. Detroit Lakes boys were runners-up last year; the girls placed third.

In Thursday underclassmen races, Carson Simison led the DL boys to the Junior High title with a first place finish, while Sadie Johnson did the same for the Laker girls team.

Micah Barberg recorded the top DL junior varsity finish in fourth place. Pequot took the team title 22 to DL’s 34.

In girls JV, Pequot’s Isabel Larson (24:34.9) held off DL’s Kate Taves (26:46.8) as the duo took the top two spots.

Detroit Lakes XC Triangular ( FULL RESULTS )

Boys: 1 Pequot Lakes 18, 2 Detroit Lakes 48, 3 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 73.

Top 10:

1 Jesse Clausen, Pequot Lakes 18:02.5


2 Ethan Johnson, Pequot Lakes 18:09.2

3 Joe Liebsch, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 18:33.9

4 Eli Hall, Pequot Lakes 18:38.7

5 Dawsin Ackerman, Pequot Lakes 19:11.4

6 Charlie Schiessl, Pequot Lakes 19:22.7

7 Cole Weber, Detroit Lakes 19:28.5

8 John Bergum, Detroit Lakes 19:31.1

9 Collin Yahn, Pequot Lakes 19:34.3


10 Ryan Bergum, Detroit Lakes 19:34.5

Other Laker finishes:

11 Clint Andresen 20:04.2

12 Jacob Trout 20:48.6

13 Jackson Zurn 21:09.7

15 Casey Parks 21:36.9

Girls: 1 Pequot Lakes 19, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 52, Detroit Lakes 54

Top 10:


1 Calia Chaney, Pequot Lakes 19:51.6

2 Caroline Kuehne, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 20:42.3

3 Rian Zutter, Pequot Lakes 21:23.6

4 Elisa Flaws, Pequot Lakes 23:18.3

5 Lilix Gustafson, Pequot Lakes 23:42.4

6 Emma Flaws, Pequot Lakes 23:43.7

7 Katie McConkey, Detroit Lakes 23:55.4

8 Maria Buntjer, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 23:58.5


9 Lilly Baethke, Detroit Lakes 24:16.1

10 Julia Steffl, Detroit Lakes 24:35.1

Other Laker finishes:

13 McKenna Mallow 26:06.6

15 Emma Teiken 26:29.6

19 Sammy Collins 29:29.8

Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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