Swept away

Forest Lake eighth-grader Allison Bartlett led the pack last Thursday at the Cambridge-Isanti Invitational, where she and teammate, ninth-grader Emma Benner, provided the one-two punch for the Rangers to clinch first place on the day. (Photo by Greg Hunt/Isanti County News)

Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

The Forest Lake cross-country girls continued to make Ranger-nation proud by achieving a clean sweep in junior high, junior varsity and varsity at the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket Invitational last Thursday.

Eighth-grader Allie Bartlett dominated the 4K, placing first with a time of 15:14:5 on the Grandy Nine Golf Course.

Head coach Eric Kaluza was also impressed by ninth-grader, Emma Benner, with a last-second kick to take second overall with a time of 15:23:1. Benner inched out the third-place finisher from Chisago Lakes by 5-tenths of a second, proving that Kaluza’s description of Benner showing leadership through her abilities rings true.

“She defeated everyone in the varsity except Allie, and has proven to be one of the best ninth-graders in the conference, if not the region and state,” Kaluza said.

Also helping to boost Forest Lake’s overall average time of 16:05:3 were eighth-graders Maria Valentin (8th), Isabel Leininger (9th), Miranda Overland (10th), seventh-grader Caroline Schoessow (16th) and eighth-grader Abigayle Asperheim (21st).

The JV and junior high squads also held their own, with the JV defeating all six opposing teams with an average time of 17:54:0.

The Rangers will head down to Lakeville North on Friday, Sept. 14 for the 22-team Apple Jack Invite in Aronson Park.