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


The cross country season

officially gets underway for

the Mt. Lake Area squad

Friday, when they trek to

Fairmont for the Cardinal

Early Bird Meet.

The meet will be unlike

other meets this year in that

both the girls and the boys

teams will run 4,000 meter

races. For other regularseason

meets and for the

post-season, both boys and

girls will run 5,000 meters.

The Wolverine boys return

a pair of all-conference

runners in junior Tommy

Kraemer and senior Ryan

McCue. MLA’s boys team

returns several letterwinners

from last year and looks

to contend again in the Red

Rock Conference and Section

3A.

The MLA girls team returns

all-conference junior

Liana Blomgren, as well

as senior captain Ashley

Watkins and junior Rebekah

Klassen. The MLA girls will

have a handful of younger

runners vying for varsity

time as they look to move up

in the standings throughout

the season.

The Wolverines prepared

for their season-opening

meet by holding an intrasquad

meet Friday at Lawcon

Park.

For the intrasquad meet,

the Wolverines divided into

four teams. Each six-person

team had two runners covering

three different distances:

4,000 meters, 3,000 meters

and 1,000 meters.

The scores were tabulated

by adding the total times of

all six runners on the team,

with the winning team receiving

a pizza lunch.

The winning team, Tommy’s

Titans, finished with a

total combined time of 76:07.

Team members were Tommy

Kraemer, Aaron Fast, Justin

Lugo, Kole Markey, Summer

Janzen and Coach Matt

Anderson.

Second place went to

Ryan’s Racers with a time

of 80:20. Team members

were Ryan McCue, Ryan

Blomgren, Jorja Lepp, Seth

Klassen, Dustin Lugo and

Coach Kyle Blomgren.

Third place went to Ashley’s

Avengers with a time of

87:56. Team members were

Ashley Watkins, Andrew

Fast, Hamlock Tanyavong,

Anika Fast, Sara Quiring

and Elizabeth Linscheid.

And fourth place went to

Rebekah’s Road Runners

with a time of 92:15. Team

members were Karen Soutthivong,

Kaleb Haberman,

Dima Hanson, Brandon

Louangsaphakdy, Ernesto

Garcia De La Cruz and

Emma Stade.

“We saw some great racing,

teamwork and leadership

from our kids,” Co-

Coach Kyle Blomgren said.

“We are looking to see them

transfer this experience to

their first official meet Friday

in Fairmont.”

The Wolverines will then

prepare their home course

for the only time this season,

as they host the Wolverine

Invitational next Wednesday

(Sept. 2).

Traditionally, the Wolverine

Invite has attracted

many of the top teams in

Southwest and South Central

Minnesota. However,

last year was the first time

in three seasons the meet

was held due to dangerously

warm weather conditions

the previous two years.

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