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East Region places 7 runners in top 20 at ND girls cross country championships

Grand Forks Red River's Lauren Dosch and Jocelyn Schiller, and West Fargo's Jordan Knudsvig all finished in the top 5.

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Grand Forks Red River's Lauren Dosch finishes second in the North Dakota Class A Girls State Cross Country Meet on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, north of Jamestown.
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JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The East Region saw three runners place in the top five and four more in the top 20 to earn All-State honors at the North Dakota Class A girls cross country championships at Parkhurst Campground on Saturday.

Grand Forks Red River senior and Eastern Dakota Conference champion Lauren Dosch led the pack for the East with a second-place finish. Roughriders junior Jocelyn Schiller was right behind her in third place while West Fargo senior Jordan Knudsvig finished fifth.

Williston clinched the team championship for the second year in a row with 93 points, followed by Red River in second place with 104 and Bismarck rounding out the podium with 119.

Watford City senior Jaelyn Ogle won the overall race with a time of 18 minutes, 16 seconds, improving on her second-place time of 18:45 in last year's championship.

Dosch's runner-up finish comes after a 14th-place run a season ago. She improved on her 2021 time by 51 seconds, running a 19-flat this time around.

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Schiller also improved one spot from a season ago with her third-place run, clocking in at 19:07. Knudsvig rounded out the top five finishing in 19:35 after placing 29th last year.

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Grand Forks Red River's Jocelyn Schiller finishes third in the North Dakota Class A Girls State Cross Country Meet on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, north of Jamestown.
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Knudsvig said she was pleased to crack the top 20 and earn All-State honors after coming up nine spots short last season.

"It feels really good to end off the season with that good of a race," Knudsvig said.

The biggest challenge, she noted, wasn't necessarily the Parkhurst course itself, but the competition from the 173 other athletes in the field.

"All the girls are super talented," Knudsvig said. "It's always super hard to know who's going to have a good race and who's going to have an off race. I think everybody came out and gave good competition, so it was super fun."

Knudsvig led all Packers runners to help West Fargo place ninth.

"It definitely felt good that I could be No. 1 for my team," she said. "It's such a team sport. Everyone always thinks (cross country) is an individual sport. But really, if you make it a team sport, it's a high team sport. It just feels good because we all work hard, we all work for each other and it just feels good that I can be one of those top people that really leads me team to a good finish."

Next in line for the East Region was Fargo Shanley freshman Lily Elbert, who finished in a tie for seventh place in 19:42. Red River eighth-grader Jocelynne Hoefs was 15th in 19:55, while West Fargo Horace freshman Brooklyn Herrick finished 17th in 20:00.

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West Fargo sophomore Alexis Lindgren rounded out the East Region top 20 with a tie for 19th place, clocking in at 20:10.

Following Red River in East Region team scores was Fargo Davies in seventh place with 208 points, Shanley in eighth place with 260 points, West Fargo in ninth place with 273 points. West Fargo Sheyenne was 13th overall while Valley City was 14th, Fargo North 16th, Devils Lake 17th, Fargo South 18th, Grand Forks Central 19th and Horace 20th.

Ogle was voted Senior Athlete of the Year by the North Dakota High School Coaches Association, while Valley City's Deb Beilke was voted NDHSCA Coach of the Year.

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Watford City's Jaelyn Ogle finishes first in the North Dakota Class A Girls State Cross Country Meet on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, north of Jamestown.
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Team scores - Top 5
1. Williston 93; 2. Grand Forks Red River 104; 3. Bismarck 119; 4. Bismarck Legacy 128; 5. Minot 173

Individual Top 20/All-State honorees
1. Jaelyn Ogle, Watford City, 18:16; 2. Lauren Dosch, Grand Forks Red River, 19:00; Jocelyn Schiller, Grand Forks Red River, 19:07; 4. Trinity Jessen, Minot, 19:31; 5. Jordan Knudsvig, West Fargo, 19:35; 6. Cambree Moss, Williston, 19:38; 7. Lily Elbert, Fargo Shanley, 19:42; 7. Lexie Waldner, Bismarck Legacy, 19:42; 9. Marenn Larsen, Williston, 19:43; 10. Acey Elkins, Mandan, 19:44; 11. Katie Olson, Watford City, 19:46; 11. Angela Wold, Williston, 19:46; 11. Izzy Dahl, Bismarck, 19:46; 14. Kylie Wald, Bismarck Century, 19:48; 15. Jocelynne Hoefs, Grand Forks Red River, 19:55; 16. Scout Ulrickson, Minot, 19:57; 17. Brooklyn Herrick, West Fargo Horace, 20:00; 18. Bayla Weigel, Bismarck, 20:05; 19. Alexis Lindgren, West Fargo, 20:10; 19. Layna Hoffer, Jamestown, 20:10

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The Class A girls start the North Dakota State Cross Country Meet on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, north of Jamestown.
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Ryan Spitza joined The Forum in December 2021 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Marquette, Mich., a city of 20,000 on the southern shore of Lake Superior. He majored in multimedia journalism and minored in public relations at Northern Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in May 2019. While attending college, Spitza gained real-world experience covering high school and college athletics for both The Mining Journal and The North Wind.

Spitza can be reached at 701-451-5613 or rspitza@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryspitza.
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