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A clean sweep

By Staff | Sep 3, 2008

Spirit Lake Park’s Mary Brown and Abby Gustafson keep up the pace in helping their team win at home on Tuesday. EDN photo by David Swartz

OKOBOJI – It doesn’t take a lead runner to dominate a cross country meet.

The Spirit Lake Park cross country teams displayed pack running at its best in winning its home meet to start the 2008 season on Tuesday.

In winning the girls race with just 29 points, the Indians had five runners in the top 10 with the No. 6 runner finishing 12 and No. 7 in 20th.

The boys were nearly as impressive with four runners in the top 10, their fifth runner placing 11th and the final two varsity runners in the top 25. They finished with 37 points with MOC-Floyd Valley placing second with 67 points.

Both squads are rated second in Class 2A.

Jesse Baldwin led the Indians to victory at the home meet on Tuesday. EDN photo by David Swartz

For the girls, Carrie Emgarten edged teammate Mary Brown at the finish line for third place as both finished in 16 minutes, 8 seconds.

Abby Gustafson finished fifth in 16:15 while Megan Skalbeck was eighth in 16:27 and Briana Brunsvold ninth in 16:28.

Non-counting scores were Erin Lynn in 12th in 16:39 and Shirley Coenen in 20th in 17:12.

Rounding out the girls team scoring, Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted was second with 69 points followed by Spencer with 84, Sheldon with 106, MOC-Floyd Valley with 134, Emmetsburg with 164, Western Christian with 171 and Storm Lake with 174.

On the boys side, Jesse Baldwin finished fourth in 16:39 while brother Alec was fifth in 16:51 on the 5K course.

Tyler Gustafson finished eighth in 17 minutes with newcomer Keith Byers ninth in 17:13. Mitch O’Neill rounded out the scoring, finishing 11th in 17:22.

Jon Messer was 21st in 17:56 while Jordan Knox was 23rd in 18 minutes.

Rounding out the team scoring, Western Christian was third with 89 points followed by Spencer with 91, Sheldon with 147, Laurens-Marathon with 153, Storm Lake with 173, Cherokee with 210 and Emmetsburg with 258.