The Detroit Lakes girls cross country team placed third and the boys fourth overall at the Mid-State Conference championships at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge in Deerword Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the race featured two pods with Staples-Motley, Detroit Lakes and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle racing in the early afternoon, and Park Rapids, Pequot Lakes and Crosby-Ironton racing in the late afternoon.

Pequot Lakes freshman Calia Chaney entered the late afternoon race needing to beat the time of 19:09.5 set by Caroline Kuehne of LP-GE. Chaney crossed the finish line in 18:58.3 giving her first place. Chaney has won every race she has entered this season.

Staples-Motley swept both team competitions clinching conference titles for the third consecutive season.

Senior Katie McConkey recorded DL's top finish at the Mid-State Conference races placing 12th overall. Robert Williams / Tribune
Senior Katie McConkey recorded DL's top finish at the Mid-State Conference races placing 12th overall. Robert Williams / Tribune

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Laker runners were held out of the top 10. Senior Katie McConkey led DL with a 12th place finish overall (22:49.5) in a pack with eighth-grade teammates Sadie Johnson (13th - 23:05) and Isla Pender (14th - 23:09.4). Sophomore Julia Steffl (23:38.2) placed 18th and eighth-grader Karli Skarie (24:32.4) was 22nd.

DL scored 79 points to finish third. The Cardinals won with 29; Pequot Lakes was second with 47 points.

In the boy’s race, Staples-Motley’s Emmet Anderson (16:19.3) continued his dominance finishing 80 seconds in front of runner-up Jesse Clausen of Pequot Lakes and the rest of the pack.

Anderson’s Cardinals won the team title by 30 places scoring 24 to 54 from Park Rapids. Pequot Lakes placed third with 73, Detroit Lakes was fourth scoring 92.

DL senior John Bergum clipped the 19-minute mark to lead the team in 15th place (18:58.4). Junior Clint Andresen (19:04.9) was next to finish in 16th, followed by senior Ryan Bergum (19th - 19:17), junior Cole Weber (20th - 19:29.6) and junior Casey Parks (22nd - 20:01.1).

(Conrad Engstrom of the Brainerd Dispatch contributed to this story)



Mid-State Cross Country:

Girls: Staples-Motley 29, Pequot Lakes 47, Detroit Lakes 79, Crosby-Ironton 85, LP-GE 109, Park Rapids INC.

Medalist: Calia Chaney, Pequot Lakes freshman, 18:58.3

2 Caroline Kuehne Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 9 19:09.5 3:50/K

3 Aften Robinson Staples-Motley 10 19:45.9 3:57/K

4 Kyanna Burton Staples-Motley 9 20:32.2 4:06/K

5 Audrey Brownell Staples-Motley 7 20:54.9 4:11/K

6 Rian Zutter Pequot Lakes 9 20:57.2 4:11/K

7 Carly Chaney Pequot Lakes 11 21:06.6 4:13/K

8 Ashley Robben Staples-Motley 10 21:29.3 4:18/K

9 Naila Mikhaeil Staples-Motley 8 21:50.8 4:22/K

10 Anna Westin Crosby-Ironton 8 22:28.1

Detroit Lakes

12 Katie Mcconkey 22:49.5

13 Sadie Johnson 23:05.0

14 Isla Pender 23:09.4

18 Julia Steffl 23:38.2

22 Karli Skarie 24:32.4

23 Addyson Flyen 24:33.6

26 Jessa Hunt 24:54.4

40 Emma Teiken 27:19.9

Boys - Staples-Motley 24, Park Rapids 54, Pequot Lakes 73, Detroit Lakes 92, LP-GE 129, Crosby-Ironton 177.

Medalist: Emmet Anderson, S-M, 16:19.3, finished 80 seconds in front of the pack.

2 Jesse Clausen, Pequot Lakes 17:39.7

3 Lyle Brownell Staples-Motley 11 17:40.5 3:32/K

4 Issiah Tabatt Staples-Motley 9 17:49.8 3:34/K

5 Luke Brownell Staples-Motley 10 17:55.2 3:35/K

6 Joe Liebsch Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 12 18:08.2 3:38/K

7 Darryl Etter Park Rapids Area 11 18:12.9 3:39/K

8 Eli Bervig Park Rapids Area 10 18:17.0 3:39/K

9 Ephraim Bervig Park Rapids Area 8 18:21.8 3:40/K

10 Collin Yahn Pequot Lakes 12 18:35.6

Detroit Lakes

15 John Bergum 18:58.4

16 Clint Andresen 19:04.9

19 Ryan Bergum 19:17.0

20 Cole Weber 19:29.6

22 Casey Parks 20:01.1

25 Mason Hamar 20:23.2

30 Jacob Trout 21:02.5

32 Jackson Zurn 21:03.7