A pair of sophomores and their Staples-Motley teammates dethroned both Detroit Lakes cross country teams at the Mid-State Conference championships held at the Vintage Golf Course in Staples Tuesday, Oct. 9.
The Laker boys had won four consecutive titles coming into the meet and finished as this year’s runners-up 11 points behind the Cardinals.
Sophomore Emmet Anderson won the individual race with a time of 16:40.9. Anderson was coming off a big win at the Perham Invitational last week.
Eight of the top 10 finishes were either Lakers or Cardinals.
DL’s Tanner Olson was the runner-up in a time of 16:40.9. He led a four-pack of all-conference finishes by DL runners Peyton Nordby in fourth place, Tucker Strawsell in eighth and Grant Fritch-Gallatin in 10th place.
The top four Laker runners accrued 24 points, while the Cards’ top four totaled 16. The fifth and final spots decided the top team finish. DL’s Elijah Kitzmann placed 14th with an all-conference, honorable mention finish to give DL their 38 points. The Cards’ fifth runner Jack Tyrrell was 11th to clinch the win.
On the girls side, Staples-Motley sophomore Kira Sweeney ran a winning time of 19:28.1 to lead the Cardinals to a sweep of both races and a 15-point victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
Detroit Lakes captured the conference crown last season for the first time in five years.
This year’s team placed fifth led by an honorable mention finish by sophomore Katie McConkey in 136th place (21:52.4).
Junior Ava Geffre (22:50.6) finished 17th overall, followed by eighth-grader Morgan Kvebak in 20th (23:13.6), freshman McKenna Mallow in 21st (23:28.9) and Samantha Collins in 25th place (23:52.8).
Mid-State XC championship
Boys team scores: Staples-Motley 27, Detroit Lakes 38, Pequot Lakes 91, Crosby-Ironton 93, Park Rapids Area 134, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 165
Individual medalist: Emmet Anderson, S-M, 16:02.3
2 Tanner Olson, 16:40.9
4 Peyton Nordby, 17:27.8
8 Tucker Strawsell, 17:38.7
10 Grant Fritch-Gallatin, 17:40.6
14 Elijah Kitzman, 18:01.4
16 Blake Weber, 18:06.8
20 Clint Andresen, 18:38.1
23 Casey Parks, 18:51.3
Girls team scores: Staples-Motley 27, Pequot Lakes 42, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 85, Crosby-Ironton 86, 5 Detroit Lakes 92
Individual medalist: Kira Sweeney, S-M, 19:28.1
13 Katie McConkey, 21:52.4
17 Ava Geffre, 22:50.6
20 Morgan Kvebak, 23:13.6
23 McKenna Mallow, 23:28.9
27 Samantha Collins, 23:52.8