MOORHEAD — The West Fargo High School girls cross country squad has a lot to celebrate following Tuesday’s East Region cross country meet.

The Packers girls captured the Eastern Dakota Conference title with 46 points on Tuesday at M.B. Johnson Park in Moorhead. Fargo Davies took second at the meet, finishing with a score of 65 and three top-10 runners. Grand Forks Central placed third.

Four runners notched top-15 finishes to help lift the Packers to first place.

West Fargo senior Hope Pringle clinched the top spot in the girls 5K race and crossed the finish line in 19 minutes, 39.54 seconds. She claimed a third-place finish at the EDC meet last year. Pringle, a 2018 All-State runner, was the No. 5 -ranked runner in the state in the latest coaches cross country poll.

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West Fargo's Hope Pringle breaks away from the pack with Fargo North's Anna Lien and Grand Forks Central's Mikayla Weiss during the EDC cross country meet at Johnson Park in Moorhead on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.
David Samson / The Pioneer
West Fargo's Hope Pringle breaks away from the pack with Fargo North's Anna Lien and Grand Forks Central's Mikayla Weiss during the EDC cross country meet at Johnson Park in Moorhead on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. David Samson / The Pioneer

The Packers also had sophomore Kaelyn Berg record a top-10 finish at the meet, placing sixth in 20:22.26.

West Fargo junior Clare Boldingh took 12th at the meet with a mark of 20:43.30. Freshman Jordan Knudsvig closely followed her teammate with a 13th-place finish at 20:54.27.

In the boys race, the Packers took sixth with 173 points.

Aiden Biwer was West Fargo’s top runner, finishing tenth in 17:57.37.

West Fargo also had top-30 finishes in Noah Vaagene, who took 23rd with a run of 18:34, and Lincoln Retzlaff, who placed 28th in 18:48.13.

West Fargo boys varsity teams take off at the start of the EDC cross country meet at Johnson Park in Moorhead on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. David Samson / The Pioneer
West Fargo boys varsity teams take off at the start of the EDC cross country meet at Johnson Park in Moorhead on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. David Samson / The Pioneer

Sheyenne boys third, girls ninth

On the other side, the West Fargo Sheyenne boys took third as a team at the conference meet with 77 points. Fargo North, which had four runners place in the top ten, captured the EDC boys title with 32 points. Grand Forks Red River was second with 64.

The Mustangs, who had two top-10 runners, were led by runner-up Jacob Knodle, who crossed the finish line in 17:00.43. The junior came in just under three seconds behind Fargo North’s Caleb Yokom. Knodle, who was ranked No. 1 in the latest cross country poll, also tallied a second-place finish at the EDC meet last year.

Fargo North's Caleb Yokom fends off West Fargo Sheyenne's Jacob Knodle to the finish during the North Dakota East Region cross country meet at Johnson Park in Moorhead on Tuesday, Oct. 15.  North won the team title. David Samson / The Forum
Fargo North's Caleb Yokom fends off West Fargo Sheyenne's Jacob Knodle to the finish during the North Dakota East Region cross country meet at Johnson Park in Moorhead on Tuesday, Oct. 15. North won the team title. David Samson / The Forum

Sophomore Caeden Johnson placed in the top ten for Sheyenne, finishing seventh with a time of 17:37.45.

The Sheyenne girls team placed ninth at the tournament with a score of 324.

Junior Onnica Stansbury led the Mustangs with a a 19th-place finish in 21:00.40. The 2018 All-State runner had a top-10 finish at the conference meet last season, where she nabbed eighth place.

Eighth-grader Olivia Heilman was Sheyenne’s second-best runner with a mark of 21:41.79 that earned her a 34th-place finish.

On the team front, the cross country squads will finish out their seasons at the state tournament in Minot on Oct. 26.

The Mustangs boys are looking to build on their ninth-place finish as a team last year, which was the first top-10 state finish in school history for Sheyenne. The girls finished 13th.

The Packers girls took seventh at state in 2018, while the boys came in at 12th.