Legacy came into Saturday's annual Anderson/Stavn Invitational meet ranked No. 5 in the Class A boys cross country poll.
Expect the Sabers to move a few steps up the ladder in this week's poll.
Legacy turned in an impressive performance at Bismarck's McDowell Dam, scoring 70 points and capturing top honors in the 23-team meet. No. 3 Century finished six points behind the Sabers, and No. 4 Grand Forks Red River (85), Class B No. 1 New Town (120) and No. 2 Bismarck High (141) rounded out the top five.
No. 1 Williston placed ninth in the team standings, but most of the Coyotes' top runners -- including Micade Shumway (No. 6 in the Class A individual poll) -- did not compete.
It was a big day for Legacy, but coach Andrew Reichenberger-Walz said his team still has some work to do to get to where it hopes to be.
"It was a big win. I'm very proud of our kids and we definitely took a big step forward today, but we're only halfway through the season and we know we can be better," said Reichenberger-Walz, a former Bismarck High cross country standout. "Getting better each week and being at our best in the region and state meets has been our focus from the start. The kids did a great job today and beat a lot of good teams, but we have to keep working hard and try to improve each week. That's what every other team is trying to do."
Carl Reis was the Sabers' top finisher, placing sixth with a time of 16:32.18 (5,000 meters). No other Saber placed in the top 10, but Legacy runners posted finishes at 14th (Grant Gader), 15th (Isaiah Germolus), 17th (Braden Will) and 18th (John Ness). Only 2.03 seconds separated Gader and Ness.
"Carl had a very good day, and our next four runners stayed close to each other the whole race. They ran in a tight pack and that's what I like to see," Reichenberger-Walz said. "They were steady, and they made the last mile their best one."
Individual honors went to Edgeley's Isaac Huber, the No. 1-ranked runner in the Class B boys poll. The senior covered the 5,000-meter course in 15:56.25, finishing 11.63 seconds ahead of second-place Robert White of New Town. White's teammate, Jaiven Hale, came in third.
Huber didn't look like someone who was bothered by a heel injury much of last week.
"It was a struggle the last few days, but I felt good today," he said. "I wanted to come here because of the competition. There are a lot of good runners from Class A and Class B here and I really wanted to see how I could do. It felt good to win, and I liked my time."
Huber, a triple-winner in the Class B track and field state meet last May, is on a mission this season after placing third in the 2016 and 2017 Class B state meets, and fourth in 2015.
"I was happy about my finishes the last three years, but first place is the goal this year," he said. "If I continue to work hard and stay away from the injuries I know I'll have a chance in October."
Defending Class A state champion Kelby Rinas of Mandan sailed to a victory in the girls race. The junior posted a winning time of 18:42.37 (5,000 meters), while second-place Kayla Ogle of Watford City came in with an 18:52.26. Rinas and Ogle were the only runners with times under 19 minutes.
"This is my fastest 5K time of the year ... I'm pretty excited about that," said Rinas, who is ranked No. 4 in the Class A individual poll. "I felt strong the whole race and I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do in the next one."
Rinas doesn't mind the pressure that goes with being a defending champion.
"There are high expectations and everyone is out to finish ahead of you, but that only pushes me more. I come to every practice and to every meet with the mindset that I'm going to do my best," she said. "There are so many good runners out there and they all want to be a state champion."
Class A girls No. 1 Fargo Davies tallied 96 points to win the team championship. The Eagles had two top-10 finishers -- McKenna Lovehaug (5th) and Bridget Henne (9th).
The other top-five teams were No. 4-ranked West Fargo (101), No. 3 Bismarck High (120), Grand Forks Central (127) and No. 5 Century (140).