McConkey, boys team pick up wins at Perham

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Senior Katie McConkey was the race winner at the Bulldog Invite held at Arvig Park in Perham Thursday, Sept. 17. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Laker boys cross country team picked up its first team victory of the season and Katie McConkey recorded her first individual win of the year at Arvig Park in Perham Thursday against Ottertail Central and Bertha-Hewitt.

Four of five scoring runners finished in the top 10 to lead DL to a five-point victory over Ottertail Central in the boys race. The Lakers scored 35 points led by a third place finish by John Bergum (18:51.06).

Ryan Bergum finished fifth cutting the 19-minute mark with a finish in 18:54.66.

The Bulldogs’ Isaac Scherfenber was the race medalist winning in a time of 18:09.31 holding a 32-second gap over the field. Bertha-Hewitt’s Brady Rach was the runner-up in 18:41.48.

DL’s Clint Andresen (19:02.74) placed sixth and Cole Weber was ninth (19:14.70).


Mason Hamar’s 12th place finish sealed the team victory when he crossed the line in 20:07.

McConkey finished 11 seconds ahead of a three-pack of OTC runners to win the girls race in 21:53.90.

DL and OTC split the top 10 with five finishers each, but the trio of Faith Fisher (22:05.70), Jorja Gabrielson and Ady Tysdal placing just behind McConkey was enough to seal a six-point team victory 24-30.

The Lakers’ Isla Pender and Julia Steffl finished fifth and sixth to create a three-point deficit with the next four runners left to decide the final.

OTC’s Grace VanErp took seventh and Becca Johnson ninth to post the Bulldogs’ winning 24 points.

DL’s Sadie Johnson and Karli Skarie were eighth and 10th. VanErp and Johnson were in a tight battle for seventh with VanErp finishing just 2.07 seconds in front. DL would have needed seventh and eighth place finishes from the final two runners to pull out a one-point win.

The Lakers compete next in Hawley against the host Nuggets and Perham Thursday, Sept. 24.

Bulldog Invite


Boys team scores: Detroit Lakes 35, Ottertail Central 40, Bertha-Hewitt 46

Top 10

1. Isaac Scherfenber, OTC 18:09.31

2. Brady Rach, B-H 18:41.48

3. John Bergum, DL 18:51.06

4. Blake Alonzo, OTC 18:53.83

5. Ryan Bergum, DL 18:54.66

6. Clint Andresen, DL 19:02.74


7. Preston Miller, OTC 19:06.71

8. Aden Rach, OTC 19:08.61

9. Cole Weber, DL 19:14.70

10. Kale Misegades, OTC 19:53.6

Other Laker finishes:

12. Mason Hamar 20:07.00

17. Jackson Zurn 20:37.70

18. Casey Parks 20:52.75


Girls team scores: Ottertail Central 24, Detroit Lakes 30, Bertha-Hewitt Inc.

Top 10

1. Katie McConkey, DL 21:53.90

2. Faith Fisher, OTC 22:05.70

3. Jorja Gabrielson, OTC 22:15.73

4. Ady Tysdal, OTC 22:23.20

5. Isla Pender, DL 22:35.74

6. Julia Steffl, DL 22:43.22


7. Grace VanErp, OTC 22:45.20,

8. Sadie Johnson, DL 22:47.27

9. Becca Johnson, OTC 22:57.65

10. Karli Skarie, DL 23:05.49

Other Laker finishes:

16. Lily Baethke 24:12.19

17. Kira Wolf 24:46.48

19. Emma Teiken 25:29.57

Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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