LAKE CRYSTAL – Valley Conference Cross Country Champions.
Martin County West’s Katie Hartke and Martin Luther’s Madelia/Truman/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Josiah DeMaris can add that honor to their prep run replay after Tuesday’s 5k races at Lake Crystal.
Hartke crossed the finish line with a first-place finish of 21:46.51 to propel the Mavericks to the Conference Girls Tag Team Championship 33 – 10 better than second-placed Mankato Loyola/Cleveland and 11 over third place Lake Crystal- Welcome Memorial/Nicollet.
Maddison Lyon contributed a bronze of 22:24.85 to wins over Martin County West, while teammates Liz Peterson and Evelynn Christenson placed seventh (23:36.39) and eighth (24:18.6) back-to-back ).
Katelynn Kennedy completed the Mavericks’ best-team total by placing 14th overall with a time of 26:18.27.
DeMaris, who sits eighth in the individual Class A boys standings, clocked the only time under 17 minutes of 16:51.78 to clinch gold for the Jayhawks.
MTGHECML scored 69 to take third place behind champion Loyola/Cleveland (31) and runner-up LCWM/Nicollet (53).
Ryan Koberoski captured sixth place in 17:52.23 to add some punch behind DeMaris on the Jayhawks, while Carson Meraz notched a 21st place finish in 19:29.27.
Eddie Ramirez placed 26th with a time of 20:18.85 for the Jayhawks, while Jake Lehman capped the tally scores with a 29th-place effort of 20:38.11.
Caleb DeCann (31st, 20:51.88), Caden McMullen (33rd, 21:30.96), Cross Schmidt (36th, 22:58.05), Hayden Jones (37th, 23:07.37) and Tate Becker (38th, 23:09.64) completed the performance of the Jayhawks team.
Jamesson Forsberg clinched seventh place overall crossing the finish line in 17:58.22 to lead Martin County West to fourth place in the team competition with a score of 84.
Grant Koehnen posted a 10th-place performance in 18:13.94 for the Mavericks, while teammate Riley Cole provided a 19:03.36 to rank 19th overall.
Nick Matejka and David Taylor capped MCW’s tally marks taking 30th (20:44.96) and 35th (22:09.43), respectively.
Hayden O’Connor (39th, 23:30.11) and Lincoln Kennedy (40th, 23:57.71) completed the Mavericks’ effort that day.
Martin County West and Madelia/Truman/GHEC/Martin Luther attend the Section 2A meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday at Baylor Park in Norwood Young America.