Steffl, Pender pace Laker girls at 8AA championships; Weber finished top 20 in final meet

Results from the Section 8AA cross country championship meet from Alexandria.

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Isla Pender (left) and Julia Steffl pace the Detroit Lakes girls cross country team to an eighth-place finish at the Section 8AA meet in Alexandria on Oct. 28, 2021. Steffl (20:48) and Pender (20:39) finished one second apart and took 22nd and 23rd place. (Eric Morken / Forum News Service)

Julia Steffl and Isla Pender set the tone for the Detroit Lakes girls cross country team to end the season on a high note with an eighth-place finish at the Section 8AA championships.

Steffl (20:48) and Pender (20:49) finished one second apart in 22nd and 23rd place in the field. They gave the Lakers the boost they needed to climb inside the top eight with a team score of 208.

Sadie Johnson (front) and Lilly Baethke run in the Section 8AA championships on Oct. 28, 2021 in Alexandria. Baethke took 53rd with a time of 23:04, while Johnson clocked in at 23:05 in 54th place. (Eric Morken / Forum News Service)

Lilly Baethke and Sadie Jordan did their best Steffl and Pender impressions by also finishing one second apart. Baethke clocked in at 23:04, which was good enough for 53rd place. Johnson’s time of 23:05 earned her 54th.


Kira Wolf completed the top five with a time of 23:21. Marin Johnson (23:34) and Karli Skarie (23:56) both finished under the 24-minute mark.

Senior Cole Weber notched a top 20 finish in his final race as a Laker to lead the boys team to a 12th-place team score of 306. Webber clocked in at 18:09, which was two minutes faster than the next Laker.

Detroit Lakes' Cole Weber paces the Lakers with a time of 18:09 at the Section 8AA championships in Alexandria on Oct. 28, 2021. Weber took 17th in his final meet as a Laker. (Eric Morken / Forum News Service)

Micah Barberg finished in 67th with a time of 20:09. Joe Skinner (20:20), Xander Jessen (21:08) and Hunter Olson (22:00) rounded out the top five. Avery Browen (22:21) and Declan Jessen (23:14) took 80th and 83rd.


GIRLS TEAM SCORES - Willmar - 45; Alexandria - 55; Rocori - 62; Pequot Lakes - 134; Little Falls - 160; Albany - 185; Fergus Falls - 187; Detroit Lakes - 208; New London-Spicer - 232; Thief River Falls - 245; Melrose Area - 269; East Grand Forks - 314

BOYS TEAM SCORES- Willmar - 71; Pequot Lakes - 90; Alexandria - 95; Fergus Falls - 96; Rocori - 127; Little Falls - 132; East Grand Forks - 140; Albany - 219; New London-Spicer - 234; Melrose Area - 277; Thief River Falls - 285; Detroit Lakes - 306


Joe Skinner runs to a time of 20:20 on Oct. 28, 2021 at the Section 8AA championships in Alexandria. Skinner finished in 69th place as the Detroit Lakes boys team took 12th overall. (Eric Morken / Forum News Service)

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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