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The Mt. Lake Area cross country team hit the unofficial half-way point of the season in full stride Monday at the Windom Eagle Invitational. The Wolverines turned in a strong performance on the flat Windom course, with the boys finishing fifth and the girls eighth. MLA’s boys finished with 116 points. Springfield-Cedar Mountain won a tight battle for the title with 63 points. MLA’s girls finished with 193 points. Lake Crystal- Wellcome Memorial-Nicollet won the team title with 59 points. “The course was in good shape, and it was a perfect day to race,” MLA Co-Coach Kyle Blomgren said. “There are a lot of turns, and the kids always love running here. We saw a lot of nice things from the kids today.” MLA’s boys had two runners out in front of the group, then were packed fairly tightly together. Tommy Kramer led the Wolverines, placing 14th with a time of 19:05. He was followed closely by Ryan Blomgren in 17th place (19:20). MLA’s next runners were bunched together. Aaron Fast crossed the finish line in 28th place (20:21), followed by Aaron Fast in 30th (20:29) and Ryan McCue in 32nd (20:40). “Tommy started really well and finished well,” Coach Blomgren said. “Ryan started well and kept gaining throughout the day. Aaron, Adam and Ryan were bunched pretty tight. The pack is tightening up. Now, we need to move that pack forward. The kids are pushing really hard.” MLA’s girls were led by Liana Blomgren’s 25th-place time of 24:38. She was followed by Ashley Watkins in 38th (26:23) and Arlington Schlabach in 39th (26:29). Rebekkah Klassen was 46th (29:02) and Karen Soutthivong was 48th (29:27). “Every meet, the girls are building,” Co-Coach Matt Anderson said. “Each time they’re out there, they’re getting more accustomed to the distance, and the girls are really coming on.
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