The Mounds View boys cross country team, ranked No. 1 in preseason, opened the season with an impressive victory at the St. Olaf High School Showcase on Thursday morning.

The Mustangs won by a wide margin, scoring 84 points, with runner-up Eastview in second place with 146 points, among 39 teams. Perham was third with 161.

Finn Sokolowski placed eighth with a time of 16:19.30, with Alec Nelson ninth in 16:30.20. Both are seniors. Ninth-grader Elliott McArthur placed 17th (16:52.0), senior Nate Apostle 23rd (17:02.20) and senior Will Sacay 27th (17:04.50.)

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