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Observer/Advocate
P.O. Box 429
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
Phone: 507-427-2725
Fax: 507-427-2724


The Mt. Lake Area cross

country teams had their

fill of the elements Saturday,

when they took part in

the Swain Invitational at

Duluth.

Run on a chilly day on a

slippery, muddy course, the

Wolverine girls finished 20th

in the Class A standings

while the boys took 21st.

MLA’s girls finished with

484 points. Trinity School at

River Ridge won the meet

with 48 points.

MLA’s boys finished with

528 points. Glencoe-Silver

Lake won the title with 106

points.

“It was pretty brutal,

condition-wise,” MLA Coach

Mike Nelson said. “It was

cold and windy, and the

course wound up getting

pretty chewed up and muddy.

It’s a hilly course, so there

were spots where kids were

going uphill on the mud, into

the wind. There weren’t very

many personal-best times for

anyone on Saturday.”

MLA’s girls were led by

Lydia Hildebrandt, who finished

in 17:46, good for 21st

place. Liana Blomgren took

47th (18:02), followed by Brianna

Soutthivong in 136th

(20:02), Rebekah Klassen in

167th (21:25) and Ann-Katrin

Schultze in 173rd (21:36).

Tommy Kraemer led the

Wolverine boys, finishing

79th overall with a time of

19:02. Aaron Fast finished

85th (19:08), followed by Ryan

McCue in 117th (19:50), Daniel

Nelson in 136th (20:17)

and Andrew Fast in 142nd

(20:22).

The Wolverines were

scheduled to compete in the

Dragon Invite yesterday

(Tuesday) at Adrian.

The Wolverines return to

action Monday, when they

compete in the Red Rock

Conference Meet at Slayton.

“In the past, the Adrian

meet has been basically a

section preview,” Nelson

said. “A lot of section teams

will still be there, but Adrian

is no longer the section

course. It will still be a very

good test for us.”

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