Photos by Mark Beasley

Pictured: Olivia Danielson nears the finish line in Wednesday’s meet at MGC. Kyanna Burton of Staples-Motley would close the gap, but Danielson prevailed by the smallest of margins to win the race.  


September 8 @ Minnewaska

Minnewaska Golf Course was the setting for the Minnewaska Invitational cross country meet on Wednesday afternoon. Sunny skies, a nice breeze, comfortable temperatures and a well-manicured course greeted the runners and fans that were in attendance. 

The girls’ varsity followed the last of the junior high and JV races. The other four teams in the field also sported solid teams, as the final scores would indicate.

Minnewaska’s Olivia Danielson was setting the pace for the Lakers after about 1/3 of the race had been run. At that point she was in fourth place. Danielson had moved into second place after about 2/3 of the race, but trailed the leader by about 30 yards. Danielson overtook Kyanna Burton of Staples-Motley over the final 1/3 of the race. Burton put on a strong kick over the final 50 yards but came up just short as Danielson won by a scant .07 of a second.

The win by Danielson would turn out to be the difference in the match. The Lakers won by one point, the difference between first and second place. 

Lauren Ankeny and Sydnie Chevalier finished in the top 10, taking sixth and seventh places respectively.

The boys’ team finished fourth in the five-team field. West Central Area fielded a strong team and took first place.

Minnewaska’s Maeson Tank had the top finish for the Lakers, taking 11th place. 

Every runner for the Lakers improved significantly over their times the previous week in Morris.

“Our boys ran exceptionally well, placing fourth against two of the top teams in our section in West Central and Staples, as well as Redwood Valley, a team with a powerhouse program. It was a huge feat for our team,” said head coach Jennifer Johnsrud. “I look for our boys’ team to continue to improve and be quite competitive by post season.”

Minnewaska Invitational 

girls’ team scores

1) Minnewaska 38

2) Staples-Motley 39 

3) West Central 78

4) Redwood Valley 79

5) LPGE 119

Minnewaska Invitational 

boys’ team scores

1) West Central 30

2) Redwood Valley 59 

3) Staples-Motley 59

4) Minnewaska 92

5) Osakis 111

September 11 @ Milbank

On Saturday the Lakers’ cross country team was at the Whetstone Creek Golf Course north of Milbank, S.D. 

The Minnewaska girls notched another victory, winning over the host team as well as the other five teams in the field.

Olivia Danielson was the top Minnewaska finisher, taking fifth place. Running right behind was Laurn Ankeny in sixth and Sydnie Chevalier in seventh. Kiearra Wilmes placed 12th and was the fourth and final score added to the Lakers’ team tally. There were 49 runners in the girls’ field.

The boys’ team finished fifth amongst 10 teams. 

Maeson Tank finished in 12th place, best of the Lakers in the field of 61 runners. Nick Ankeny took 19th, Zach Palmer 25th and Jace Kovarik finished in 27th place to complete the finishers that counted towards the team’s point total. 

The Lakers have one meet this week. On Thursday Minnewaska will be at the Little Crow Golf Club in Spicer. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m.  

Milbank Grandstay Invitational 

girls’ team scores

1) Minnewaska 26

2) Milbank 33 

3) Great Plains Lutheran 58

4) Breckenridge/Whapeton 70

5) Flandreau 76

6) LQPV/Dawson 85

7) Border West 115

Milbank Grandstay Invitational 

boys’ team scores

1) Milbank 22

2) LQPV/Dawson 47 

3) Madison 60

4) Flandreau 65

5) Minnewaska 81

6) Breckenridge/Whapeton 99

7) Border West 102

8) Tri-State 126

9) Montevideo 139

10) Great Plains Lutheran 176