The Prior Lake cross country teams are off and running.

Both teams competed in the two-mile Irish Invitational in Rosemount Aug. 30 with junior Gabe Smit leading the way for the boys squad. The Laker girls were led by their youth with three seventh-graders in their top four.

Smit finished fourth overall with a time of 9:57.2 to help the Lakers finish sixth out of 29 schools in the team standings with 160 points. Tenth-ranked White Bear Lake won (77), followed by No. 2 Eden Prairie (107), No. 5 St. Paul Highland Park (109), No. 6 Minnetonka (123) and Eagan (154).

On the girls side, the Lakers were 11th out of 24 teams with 309 points. Fourth-ranked Stillwater won (53), followed by Minnetonka (56), No. 5 Eden Prairie (114), St. Paul Highland Park (120) and No. 11 White Bear Lake (134).

Seventh-graders Brooke Everson and Layla Vennick were the Laker girls' top-two finishers taking 38th (12:38.2) and 52nd (12:57.2), respectively. Junior Olivia Zastrow finished 53rd (12:57.6), followed by seventh-grader Maggie Hoen in 75th (13:30.9).

Junior Katherine Kaisersatt was 91st for Prior Lake (13:30.9), followed by senior Adaline Hiveley in 92nd (13:31.1) and seventh-grader Kate Anderson in 99th (13:38.7).

For the Prior Lake boys, junior Kyle Nordling was the team's next-best finisher behind Smit taking 24th (10:25.1), while junior Magnus O'Connor was 31st (10:34.8) and junior Blake VanderWiede ended up 50th (10:49.2).

Senior Samuel Klinger was 51st for the Lakers (10:49.4), followed by senior Mason Clemensen in 83rd (11:08.9) and junior John Meagher in 85th (11:09.6).

The first 5,000-meter competition for both Prior Lake teams is Sept. 5 at Gale Woods in Minnetrista starting at 4 p.m.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.

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