Cross country: Lakers compete in Mid-State Conference championships

The Detroit Lakes cross country teams ran in the Mid-State Conference Championships on Tuesday in Long Prairie.

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Hunter Hanson and Ben Sundby run in the 49th Alexandria Lions Meet on Oct, 8, 2022 at Arrowwood Resort. The Lakers ran in the Mid-State Championships on Oct. 18, 2022.
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LONG PRAIRIE – The Detroit Lakes cross country teams competed at the Mid-State Conference meet on Tuesday in Long Prairie.

Both the boys and girls teams took fourth place. Julia Steffl paced the Laker girls with a ninth-place finish with a time of 20:34.33. Sadie Johnson finished inside the top 15 with a 13th-place finish at 21:07.44.

Natalie Mohr (21:49.67, 24th), Marin Johnson (22:16.59, 26th) and Lila Kallstrom (22:21.47) rounded out the top five for Detroit Lakes. Maria Foltz (22:25.92, 28th) and Karli Skarie (22:45.16, 31st) also finished with varsity times.

Brayden Francis clocked in the fastest boys time for Detroit Lakes. He finished in 13th place at 17:43.48. Micah Barberg wasn’t far behind in 20th place with a time of 18:53.58.

Hunter Hanson (19:31.30, 24th), Xander Jessen (19:57.27, 27th) and Payton Malecka (20:21.77, 29th) completed the Lakers’ top five. Declan Jessen (21:13.12, 30th) and Avery Brown (21:48.23) also finished with varsity times.


Staples-Motley cruised to a Mid-State Conference girls title with a score of 29. Park Rapids took second (65), while Pequot Lakes finished third (80). The Lakers tallied 99 points in fourth. Pequot Lakes’ Calia Chaney won the Mid-State Conference individual championship.

Park Rapids won the boys title with a team score of 29. Staples-Motley took second (40), while Pequot took third (70). The Lakers finished fourth with a score of 104. Pequot Lakes’ Eli Hall had the fastest overall time at 15:41.82.

MID-STATE CONFERENCE BOYS TEAM SCORES- 1 Park Rapids 29, 2- Staples-Motley 40, 3- Pequot Lakes 70, 4- Detroit Lakes 104, 5- Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 135

MID-STATE CONFERENCE GIRLS TEAM SCORES- 1- Staples-Motley 28, 2- Park Rapids 65, 3- Pequot Lakes 80, 4- Detroit Lakes 99, 5- Crosby-Ironton 123, 6- Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 133

DETROIT LAKES BOYS VARSITY FINISHERS- 13- Brayden Francis 17:43.48, 20- Micah Barberg 18:53.58, 24- Hunter Hanson 19:31.30, 27- Xander Jessen 19:57.27, 29- Payton Malecka 20:21.77, 30- Declan Jessen 21:13.12, 33- Avery Browen 21:48.23

DETROIT LAKES GIRLS VARSITY FINISHERS- 9- Julia Steffl 20:34.33, 13- Sadie Johnson 21:07.44, 24- Natalie Mohr 21:49.67, 26- Marin Johnson 22:16.59, 27- Lila Kallstrom 22:21.47, 28- Maria Foltz 22:25.92, 31- Karli Skarie 22:45.16

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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