November 11, 2022 at 11:48 a.m.
Osmundson and Hall finish in top 30 at state meet; CL team finish 14th
The girls on Chisago Lakes’ cross country squad had a blast at the school’s first ever state meet as a team on Saturday, November 5 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
The crisp, fall day was highlighted by sophomore Kaia Osmundson’s 23rd place finish and seventh grader Annika Hall’s 29th place finish. The tandem that were integral in the ‘Cats qualifying for the state meet had some of the highest CL finishes in recent memory at the event. Osmundson finished in 19:25.2 and Hall crossed the finish line not long after in 19:34.4.
As a team, the ‘Cats finished tied for 13th with Waseca, but the tiebreaker goes to the team with the higher finishe among the sixth varsity runner, and Waseca’s came in 100th place while Chisago Lakes’ came in 104th, a razor thin margin, and that sent CL to 14th palce overall, nine points clear of Faribault. St. Paul Highland Park won the meet comfortably, as they had three runners in the top 11 spots.
The other finishers for the Wildcats were junior Lainey Hallan, and she finished in 77th place with a time of 21:37.3, Maya Aadland, a senior, in 90th place with a time of 22:11 and Lauren Kowarsch, a freshman, in 96th place in 22:40.4.
Ava Bringgold and Grace Steele also competed for the ‘Cats and finished in 104th and 112th, respectively.
Chisago Lakes had two boys qualify for the state meet, and North Branch had one.
CL’s Henry Johnson and Biruk Killeen ran side by side neaarly the whole race, and the pair finished within two seconds of each.
Johnson, who is a junior, came in 89th place with a time of 17:26.1. Killeen, a sophomore, finished in 17:28.3 in 92nd place.
North Branch’s Jordan Stumm debuted at the state meet this year and came in 131st with a time of 17:59.2.