Kyle Nordling

Junior Kyle Nordling finished ninth for Prior Lake at the Bauman-Rovn Invitational at Gale Woods Sept. 5.

The Prior Lake cross-country teams had their first 5,000-meter test Sept. 5 in the Bauman-Rovn Invitational at Gale Woods.

The Laker boys finished third in out 18 schools with 102 points. Second-ranked Eden Prairie won the crown (61), followed by No. 3 Eastview (89). Willmar was fourth (135) and Hopkins took fourth (144).

On the girls side, Prior Lake ended up 10th with 259 points. Third-ranked St. Michael-Albertville claimed the title (59), followed by No. 5 Minnetonka (77), No. 6 Eden Prairie (104), Marshall (141) and Willmar (144).

Both Laker squads will compete in the Hutchinson Invitational Sept. 12 at Lake Marion a 4 p.m.

At Gale Woods, junior Gabe Smit finished fifth overall with a time of 16:10.7. Nicholas Scheller of Chanhassen, ranked No. 1 in Class AA boys individual rankings, won (15:42.7). Smit is ranked No. 5.

Junior Brian Nordling ended up ninth for the Lakers (16:33.7). He was followed by junior Magnus O'Connor in 18th (16:56.7), senior Sam Klinger in 34th (17:22.5), junior Blake Vander Weide in 36th (17:26.9), junior John Meagher in 59th (17:50.1) and senior Mason Clemensen in 63rd (18:06.3).

For the Prior Lake girls, junior Olivia Zastrow the led team taking 46th place with a time of 21:31.1.

Seventh-grader Layla Vennink finished 48th (21:36.9) for the Lakers, followed by seventh-grader Maggie Hoen in 62nd (22:07.6), ninth-grader Adeline Knutson in 68th (22:18.6), junior Katherine Kaisersatt in 69th (22:21.1) and seventh-grader Kathryn Anderson (86th, 23:17.8).

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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