Area cross country teams kicked off their season on Monday as West Central Area, Minnewaska and Osakis were all part of a large field at the Morris Invite.
The WCA boys finished in second behind Lac qui Parle Valley after Jacob Bright finished first in the pack. Behind him was Jack Van Kempen finishing in second.
“Jacob led much of the race. Jack had to pass several runners to finish in second,” head coach John Van Kempen said.
Kade Runge and Kyle Schill had good runs taking sixth and seventh place. Swanson finished in 21st in front of Alex Salwasser in 23rd place. Rounding out the Knights was Shad Swanson in 27th.
“It was a good test for us,” Van Kempen said. “Our guys competed well.”
The girls team did not have a full squad running in Morris. Teagan Nelson finished in sixth behind five Rocori runners. Kennedy Porter finished in 54th.
Osakis, Minnewaska results
The Osakis boys finished 11th in the varsity race among the 12 teams and were led by a 10th-place finish from Carter Grove.
Logan Grove was the Silverstreaks’ next finisher in 50th place out of 98 varsity runners. Brently Boogaard was 58th, Marcus Wolf 75th, Joey Van Acker 84th, Thomas Van Acker 89th, John Pahl 92nd, and Issac Loverink finished off the lineup in 96th place.
The Minnewaska boys did not field enough runners to qualify for a team score. Maeson Tank led the Lakers in 33rd place, while Nick Ankeny was Minnewaska’s second runner in 55th place.
The Minnewaska girls placed fourth as a team behind two top-20 finishes.
Sydney Hagen led the Lakers in 15th place, and Sydnie Chevalier was not far behind in 18th. Ava Chevalier was 27th, Elsey Hagen 29th, while Kiearra Wilmes was 42nd. Bailey Schoen and Teagan Stark finished right next to each other in 45th and 46th place, respectively, while Molly Hjelm and Ali Femrite were 66th and 74th.
The Osakis girls took 10th as a group.
Destiny Dorman led the Silverstreaks in 34th place, while Emma Tenhoff was 53rd. Madison Nystrom took 61st, Hailey Hagedon 69th and Julianna Collins rounded out the lineup in 71st.