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Ellsworth teams win own meet title, Lake City has a second and third place

Carston Damman runs through the gate at the halfway point of the Ellsworth Invitational course. Photo by Sean Scallon1 / 2
Cassie Lofgren was by herself on the lead pace during the girls' race.2 / 2

ELLSWORTH, Wis. - The home team swept its own Ellsworth Invitational prep cross country meet Tuesday.

The Ellsworth Panther boys and girls teams were both team winners in the meet. The EHS boys won its second straight Ellsworth Invitational title while the Panther girls' won its first Invite title since 2009.

The top finishers for both teams both finished second individually. Kennedy Kowalchyk finished second for the Panther girls' in 17:29 on the 4000-meter course while Matt Priest was second for the Ellsworth boys, also crossing the finish line at 17:29, on a 5000-meter course.

The Lake City girls team placed second and the boys' were third out of the seven schools competing.

Hannah Alitz led the Tiger girls with an seventh place finish in 18:22. LC's Alex Befort and Lydia Taylor finished 9th and 10th. The boys team was led by Carston Damman's third place finish in 17:59.