Cross country: Lakers run in Fergus Falls' John Hermes invite

The Detroit Lakes cross country team traveled to Fergus Falls on Thursday for the John Hermes Invitational.

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FERGUS FALLS – The Detroit Lakes cross country teams ran in the John Hermes Invitational on Thursday afternoon in Fergus Falls.

The Laker girls took seventh place while the boys finished eighth. Julia Steffl notched a top-10 finish with a time of 20:50.8–good enough for ninth place.

Natalie Mohr took 34th with a time of 23:22.5, followed by Karli Skarie (23:35.3, 39th), Marin Johnson (23:42.6, 40th) and Lila Kallstrom (24:16.4) to round out the top five finishers for the Lakers.

Alexandria took first place as a team with a score of 25. The Cardinals beat out Moorhead (46) and Fergus Falls (84) for the top spot. Alexandria’s Citori Halbe won the overall medalist honor with a time of 19:46.0. Detroit Lakes finished with 171 points.

Brayden Francis paced the Lacer boys with a time of 18:24.3. His time landed him in 2oth place. Micah Barberg took 37th at 19:27.3. Xander Jessen (20:36.0, 45th), Hunter Hanson (20:58.5, 50th) and Ben Sundby (21:04.0, 51st) also finished for Detroit Lakes.


The Lakers totaled a team score of 203. Fargo North took first place with a score of 38, followed by Fergus Falls (56) and Alexandria (63). Owen Sondag of Fargo North won the race with a time of 16:27.9.

JOHN HERMES INVITATIONAL BOYS TEAM SCORES- 1- Fargo North 38, 2- Fergus Falls 56, 3- Alexandria 63, 4- Moorhead 79, 5- St. Cloud Apollo 169, 6- Fargo South 186, 7- West Central Area 190, 8- Detroit Lakes 203, 9- Ashby-Brandon-Evansville

DETROIT LAKES BOYS VARSITY FINISHERS- 20- Brayden Francis 18:24.3, 37- Micah Barberg 19:27.3, 45- Xander Jessen 20:36.0, 50- Hunter Hanson 20:58.5, 51- Ben Sundby 21.04.0

JOHN HERMES INVITATIONAL GIRLS TEAM SCORES- 1- Alexandria 25, 2- Moorhead 46, 3- Fergus Falls 84, 4- Fargo North 120, 5- West Central Area 153, 6- Breckenridge-Wahpeton 164, 7- Detroit Lakes 171, 8- Fargo South 197

DETROIT LAKES GIRLS VARSITY FINISHERS- 9- Julia Steffl 20:50.8, 34- Natalie Mohr 23:22.5, 39- Karli Skarie 23:35.3, 40 Marin Johnson 23:42.6, 49- Lila Kallstrom 24:16.4, 50- Maria Foltz 24:33.8, 52- Sadie Johnson 25:06.8

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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