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Indians win battle of No. 1s

By Staff | Sep 9, 2009

Algona and Spirit Lake runners started side by side at the Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted Invitational Tuesday and finished nearly the same way. Nine of the first 10 runners to cross the finish line were from one of the two schools. EDN photo by David Swartz

The top-rated boys cross country teams in Class 2A and Class 3A met for the second time at the Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted Invitational on Tuesday.

While Algona won the teams’ first meeting in Spencer by a point, Spirit Lake came out on top on this night by two points, 31-29.

“I think the difference tonight was freshman Will Norris,” said Spirit Lake coach Tim Heinitz. “He passed two Algona guys in the last quarter and that’s a four-point swing.”

The Indians had all five counting runners in the top 10 led by Alec Baldwin’s second-place finish in 17 minutes, 12 seconds.

Keith Byers finished third in 17:40 followed by Norris in fifth in 17:51.

Spirit Lake runners charge up a hill along side ELCAR’s seniors. EDN photo by David Swartz

Brandon Griffin placed ninth and Mitch O’Neill was 10th, both in 18:17.

Algona’s top runner Ryan McMahon won the ELCAR Invitational for the second straight year in 16:59.

Non-counting scores for Spirit Lake were a 26th place finish for Kenan McQueen in 20:08 and 27th by Daniel Stover in 20:25.

Spencer finished third with 96 points followed by Laurens-Marathon with 115, Okoboji with 138, Humboldt with 151 and Emmetsburg with 163.