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.
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.
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.
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.
SECTION 8AA TEAM SCORES
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