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Runners gain experience
in huge Little Falls race

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SRR to race on home course Sept. 29

By TOM FENTON
STAFF WRITER

Nothing ever seems to come easily at the Lucky Lindy Invitational.

Aside from the usual top-notch competition, the cross-country meet in recent years has experienced some rather tough, not to mention potentially dangerous, conditions due to Mother Nature.

Though runners and the huge throng of fans at the annual event did not have to take shelter this year, the dark clouds rolled through not long after the finish. When the storm clouds cleared, Storm head coach Sandie Lahr said the results she saw from her team Sept. 15 were positive.

“I am so proud of our runners at the Little Falls meet,” Lahr said. “The races are always fast-paced with some very tough competition and excellent runners. Overall, we had nine runners earn personal records this week.”

Runners from 22 schools competed in the race, which most-often draws huge and enthusiastic running crowds to the oak tree-littered golf course along the banks of the Mississippi River.

The Storm boys finished 21st in the competition. Heritage Christian, Perham and Monticello claim the top three spots. Junior Alex Ostendorf led the Storm, placing 45th in the 145-runner field with a time of 18 minutes, 3.4 seconds.
Seniors Kieran Hixson and Nate Martin placed 106th and 128th, respectively, while Grant Pallansch and Gavin Weber rounded out the team score.

“My runners have been working very hard, and it’s showing in the progress they are making,” Lahr said. “Avery Nathe, Grant Pallansch, Gavin Weber and Kieran each had personal records, and Kieran also had a career-best for the second time this season.”

It was the first career varsity race for Weber and the first this season for Nathe.
Eighth-grader Faith Bogle and freshman Amelia Reker were the only SRR girls to compete in the varsity race. Bogle placed 69th with a time of 22:52.9 and Reker was 74th in 23:05.6.

Bogle was named the CLC Girls Cross-Country Performer of the Week.

The Storm are scheduled for their lone home meet of the year Thursday, Sept. 29. The six-school race includes Cambridge-Isanti, Royalton, St. Francis, Tech and Zimmerman.

Races being at 4 p.m. on the grounds north of Sauk Rapids-Rice High School in Sauk Rapids.

SRR boys: 45. Ostendorf 18:03.4, 106. Hixson 19:13.2, 128. Martin 20:15.2, 149. Pallansch 22:51.2, 150. Weber 23:23.1 and 151. Nathe 23:31.5. SRR girls: 69. Bogle 22:52.9 and 74. Reker 23:05.6.