Forest Lake runners grabbed four of the top five spots, and each varsity scorer finished in the top 10, to outpace the field at the Bluejacket Invitational Sept. 5.
The Rangers totaled 21 points, topping runner-up Andover by 50. Duluth East and Centennial tied for third in the eight-team meet.
“It was a hot day and the girls truly provided a great effort, as the results indicated,” coach Eric Kaluza said. “The course was not conducive to fast times as it had a fair amount of hills and an egregious amount of turns, slowing any momentum that they accrue off of hills or maintaining speed.”
Sophomore Emma Benner won the 4K meet with a time of 15:28. Ninth-grader Allie Bartlett followed in 15:37. The duo also took the top two spots at the meet last year, in reverse order.
Eighth-grader Caroline Schoessow placed fourth in 16:07. Ninth-graders Maria Valentin (16:34) and Amanda Forliti (17:01) were “spot on,” Kaluza said, and took fifth and ninth to close the scoring.
Ninth-grader Miranda Overland (14th, 17:16) and junior Madison Clepper (36th, 18:41) also competed.
Forest Lake’s JV squad placed second and the middle-schoolers won their meet.
Kaluza said the girls will train hard this week before a big test Friday at the Apple Jack Invite hosted by Lakeville North. The lineup will feature No. 3 Eagan, No. 6 Edina and No. 8 Lakeville South. Forest Lake is ranked seventh in Class AA.