Bulldogs head to Fergus Falls for a meet on Thursday

Over 4,000 athletes from 160 schools made the trip down to Milica for the world’s largest cross country race on Saturday. The Otter Tail Central Bulldogs were able to come away with multiple impressive finishes throughout the day.

The best placements of the meet came from the eighth grade group. Peter Newark and Talyn Setterholm set the tone early by placing third and eighth in the two mile race running times of 11:31 and 11:45. They were the top two Class A runners in the field of 291 competitors, while leading the junior high squad that consisted of Gabe Lindstom, Taydon Somam, Mason Hoyt and Cade Strege to an eighth place finish. The Bulldogs were also the top Class A school. 

Norah Froslee in the girls eighth grade race also made it into the top 10 with an eighth place finish in a time of 13:14. 

“Our younger runners showed today that they are some of the top runners not only in Class A but the state,” said coach Speicher. “Peter and Talyn continue to impress me with their confidence while racing. We currently have a great core of junior high runners, Jack Robinson, Fred Scott and Logan Jenson in the seventh grade race all ran yet another personal best today. This group will be exciting to watch going forward.”

The rest of the Bulldog runners were spread out in six different races as each race in Milaca is separated so competitors run against their grade level. 

Some highlights include personal best runs from Quinn Condiff with a time of 22:43, Norman Hoff with a time of 20:45 and August Wicklund with a time of 19:51. Senior Raeanne Frost ran a season best time of 23:26 and seventh grader Clair Kraemer ran a personal best time in the two mile by a minute. 

“Every week we continue to gain another piece of the puzzle for what it will take to compete at a high level for championship season. While I am very pleased with our performance at Milaca, we still have plenty of work to do,” said Speicher.

The Bulldogs head to Fergus Falls on Thursday for their next meet. Complete results from Milaca are below.

3200 Meter Boys

Newark, Peter 11:31.5

Setterholm, Talyn 11:45.9

Lindstrom, Gabe 13:34.1

Soma, Taydon 13:45.8

Robinson, Jack 14:29.5

Hoyt, Mason 14:53.6

Strege, Cade 16:33.9

Scott, Fred 16:33.9

Jenson, Logan 16:42.5

Brackin, Oren 17:01.7

Brackin, Ed 19:06.5

3200 Meter Girls

Froslee, Norah 13:14.9

Tebrugge, Delia 16:41

Kraemer, Claire 18:31.7

5000 Meter Boys

Froslee, Joseph 18:44.9

Scherfenberg, Isaac 18:59.8

Wicklund, August 19:51.4

Tierney, Kyle 20:25.6

Hoff, Norman 20:45.4

Heggem, Aidan 21:01.2

Mansker, Noah 21:04.3

Russ, Nathan 21:15.7

Alonzo, Blake 21:19.9

Condiff, Quin 22:43.6

Mansker, Cayden 25:24.4

5000 Meter Girls

Shebeck, Kyleigh 22:40.9

Frost, Raeanne 23:26.9

Goodman, Allyson 23:32.4

Heibel, Erika 23:41.1

Frost, Laney 24:42.3