Cross country: Spectrum girls win Rogers Invitational

By Bruce Strand

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The Spectrum girls cross country team had five of the top 17 runners and placed first among six teams in the Rogers Invitational on Tuesday.

The Elk River charter school was led by by Kayla Zimmerman in sixth place with 16:46. Becca Peterson was 13th in 17:19, Brittany Waterhouse 14th in 17:24, Elizabeth Hackbarth 15th in 17:26 and Emily Nelson 18th in 17:35.

The Sting out-strided runner-up Providence Academy 61 to 70.

“I was pleased with the effort of our girls since two of our top girls were not able to participate in the meet,” said coach Rick Peterson. “The others stepped up and ran very well together as a group.  Their hard work is starting to pay off.”

The host Royals placed fifth among six teams. Madie Mikolich placed eighth in 17:03 and Jackie Lindfors 10th in 17:13. The Royals also had Kelsie Cox 20th, Sydni Andruskiewicz 28th and Morgan Riley 36th.

Cameron Anderson of Park was individual leader in 15:52, followed by Amanda Kautzer of Benilde-St. Margaret’s in 16:09.

Next for Rogers is the Mississippi 8 meet on Thursday, Oct. 11, at St. Michael. Next for Spectrum is the Crystal Invitational next Tuesday.