The Prior Lake cross country teams moved up the ranks Sept. 13 at the Hutchinson Invitational.
Sophomore Gabe Smit had a strong showing for the Laker boys, finishing runner-up on the 5,000-meter Lake Marion course with a time of 16:35.6.
The boys team finished second out of 12 schools in the team standings with 75 points. Seventh-ranked Buffalo won the title (40), while Willmar ended up third (110) and Mankato East was fourth (119).
On the girls side, the Lakers ended up fifth out of 12 teams with 134 points. Sixth-ranked Willmar won (44), followed by Marshall (71), Waseca (77) and New Prague (126).
Both Prior Lake teams will compete in the Blaze Invitational at Nicollet Junior High School in Burnsville Sept. 20 at 5:05 p.m. The girls will also run in the Milaca Mega Meet Sept. 22 at Stones Throw Golf Course at 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, at the Hutchinson invite, senior Nicole Kelley led the Laker girls with a top-10 finish. She was 10th with a time of 20:39.9. Sophomore Olivia Zastrow was the team's next-best finisher in 23rd (21:31.8).
Other finishes for girls: junior Adaline Hiveley (26th, 21:46.6), sophomore Kate Kaisersatt (36th, 22:08.4), senior Brittney Helget (39th, 22:20.2), sophomore Katie Nollette (60th, 23:27.6) and sophomore Gabby Gall (77th, 25:46.3).
The girls team is still without junior Mallory Stach, who is a five-time state qualifier. She's out until October, recovering from a stress fracture from the track season last spring.
Meanwhile, for the Prior Lake boys, sophomore Kyle Nordling just finished out of the top 10, taking 11th overall (17:34.2), while senior Chase Hebel was 18th (17:49.0) and junior Shane Draginis ended up in 20th (17:59.1).
Other finishes for the boys: sophomore Blake Vander Weide (24th, 18:05.7), junior Sam Klinger (32nd, 18:15.3) and junior Kyle Schaeffler (56th, 19:06.6).