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Cross Country runners work through heat

Lead Summary
Sara Schmuck for the Star Herald

The Luverne Cardinals Cross Country teams raced against teams in their section for the first time Friday, Sept. 2, and brought home a mountain of medals from the Mountain Lake meet.
“The conditions were a bit warm at times, but they did a nice job of working through it and striving to improve,” LHS coach Pete Janiszeski said.
“Any time you can combine for 22 Top-15 individual performances and three team championships, it's a great day.”
The boys’ varsity placed first as a team with Camden Janiszeski finishing the 5k first in 16:29.
Not far behind him were Owen Janiszeski (16:53), Ryan Fick (17:49) and Sage Viessman (18:04).
Janiszeski said, “They worked hard and took another step forward, while getting the chance to see how they stack up against some of the teams in our section.”
Official boys’ scores had Luverne in first, Murray County Central in second, Windom Area in third, Fairmont in fourth and Jackson County Central in fifth.
Official girls’ scores had Murray County Central in first, Luverne in second, Windom Area in third, Fairmont in fourth and Adrian/Ellsworth in fifth.
In other varsity 5k results, Leif Ingebretson was 31st with a time of 18:58 and Kaleb Hemme was 43rd with a time of 19:35.
In girls’ varsity, Jenna DeBates was fifth with a time of 19:42, Ella Schmuck sixth in 21:48, Grace Ingebretson 10th in 22:17, Kayla Bloemendaal 11th in 22:27 and Tiana Lais 19th with a time of 23:34.
Here’s a look at the rest of the results from the Paul Metcalf Invitational at the Mountain Lake Golf Course.
Junior varsity boys’ 4k run, first place overall JV boys team: Logan Ommen first (16:41); Dylan Ommen third (17:11); Camden Hoven sixth (17:20); Zach Terrio seventh (17:33); Eli McLendon, 10th (18:21)
Junior varsity girls’ 4k run: Makena Nelson first (19:35); Maria Rops second (19:42); Andrea Luitjens 17th (25:46) and Maddy Schepel 23rd (28:21).
Junior high boys’ 2k: Zander Fountain, 32nd (9:25)
Junior high girls’ 2k, first place overall junior high girls’ team: Khloe Visker first (8:16); Renae DeKam second (8:20); Olivia Lund fourth (8:43); Reinha John seventh (8:57); Grace Kempema eighth (9:01); Mariah Knorr, 13th (9:18); Jaina Fountain, 29th (12:36); Emma Wieneke, 30th (12:36.50)