By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Pushing the pace

Hawks run faster times at Okoboji Invitational


September 7, 2023


Lexi Croatt sets her sights on the finish line at the Okoboji Invitational. She finished 42nd overall in the varsity race.

Times for Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn cross country runners at the Okoboji Invitational were generally faster than they were at the same venue a year ago. Runners from 18 area schools competed on Aug. 31 at the Emerald Hills Golf Club.

All of the Hawk boys who competed there a year ago ran faster times in 2023. Leading the way was George Vargas, who finished 15th with a time of 18:20. He was followed by Ryan Grotluschen, 30th, 19:47; Aiden Bush, 34th, 20:20; Damian Dodge, 43rd, 21:19; and Blaine Finster, 50th, 21:32. Freshman Easton Teal, running in his first varsity race, placed 68th with a tim...

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