Cross country: WDC girls finish ninth, Hawley eighth at Class A state meet; Area athletes impress
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls cross country team took ninth place at the Class A state cross country meet at St. Olaf College on Saturday. Hawley finished in eighth place, while several area athletes competed individually.
NORTHFIELD – The Wadena-Deer Creek girls cross country team’s return to state was ceremonious.
The Wolverines took ninth place with a team score of 248. Led by Amber Collins, Britta Sweeney and Lydia Oldakowski, WDC solidified itself as a top 10 Class A cross country team for the first time since 1999.
Collins finished 77th overall with a time of 20:49.14. Sweeney was right behind her with a time of 20:49.41 in 78th, followed by Oldakowski in 79th at 20:52.71.
Brielle Kern claimed a top-100 spot overall with a 21:05.30 finish in 92nd place. Cambrie Geiger (22:14.30, 123rd), Ally Pavek (22:36.44, 134th) and Karly Haverkamp (22:39.69, 136th) rounded out the day for the WDC girls.
Perham won the state championship with a team score of 56, followed by St. Cloud Cathedral (78) and Staples-Motley (107). Nevis’ Jade Rypkema won the individual state championship with a time of 17:43.47, beating Murray County Central-Fulda’s Amanda Overgaauw (17:48.97).
WDC’s Bjorn Brunsberg competed in the boys race for the second consecutive season. He clocked in with a time of 17:06.63, which was good enough for 45th place.
Best of the rest
The Perham boys and girls teams both competed in the Class A field.
The girls finished first for their fifth state title in program history. Gracie Morris (19:33.33, 17th), Ella Hendrickson (19:44.00, 21st), Quincy Anderson (19:50.72, 25th), Leelou Novotny (19:57.17, 29th), Caidyn Breid (19:57.82, 31st), Mya Morris (19:59.64, 33rd) and Myriah Tharaldson (20:29.50, 61st) all clocked in for the Yellowjackets.
Bjorn Anderson finished in third place overall for the boys with a time of 15:57.82. Micah Thompson (16:56.03, 32nd), Caden Doll (17:18.36, 66th), Dylan Guck (17:23.47, 72nd), Brayden Glorvigen (17:34.84, 86th), Carter Flatau (17:49.16, 99th) and Blake Swenson (18:23.03, 128th) totaled 133 points for a third-place team finish.
Full stories from the Perham cross country teams can be found in the next edition of the Perham Focus and online at www.perhamfocus.com .
Lake Park-Audubon was well-represented at state. Taylor Johnson took 21st with a time of 16:29.94. Thor Erickson claimed 26th with a time of 16:45.36, while Seth Torgerson finished in 59th (17:14.87). Ellen Schauer ran to an 81st-place finish in the girls race with a time of 20:55.12.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s Owen Winter claimed 58th place in the boys competition with a time of 17:13.84. The Hawley girls team took eighth place as a team, led by Ivy Tickel’s 59th-place finish. Full results from all area runners can be found below.