Indians win battle of No. 1s
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.
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.