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.

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Wadena-Deer Creek's Amber Collins, middle, and Britta Sweeny run at the Class A state cross country meet on Nov. 5, 2022 at St. Olaf College.
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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.

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Wadena-Deer Creek's Bjorn Brunsberg runs at the Class A state cross country meet on Nov. 5, 2022 at St. Olaf College.
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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 .

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Lake Park-Audubon's Ellen Schauer runs at the Class A state cross country meet on Nov. 5, 2022 at St. Olaf College.
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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.

PERHAM BOYS CLASS A STATE MEET FINISHES- 3- Bjorn Anderson 15:57.82, 32- Micah Thompson 16:56.03, 66- Caden Doll 17:18.36, 72- Dylan Guck 17:23.47, 86- Brayden Glorvigen 17:34.84, 99- Carter Flatau 17:49.16, 128- Blake Swenson 18:23.03

INDIVIDUAL TIMES FOR AREA RUNNERS- 21- Taylor Johnson (LPA) 16:39.94, 26- Thor Erickson (LPA) 16:45.36, 45- Bjorn Brunsberg (WDC) 17:06.63, 58- Owen Winter (DGF) 17:13.84, 59- Seth Torgerson (LPA) 17:14.87

CLASS A STATE MEET TEAM SCORES- 1- Heritage Christian 99, 2- Luverne 102, 3- Perham 133, 4- Park Rapids 139, 5- Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin, 6- Staples-Motley 188, 7- Bertha-Hewitt 200, 8- Redwood Valley 204, 9- St. Cloud Cathedral 221, 10- St. John’s Prep 222, 11- Cotter 235, 12- Minnehaha Academy 242, 13- Moose Lake-Willow River 297, 14- LA-RP-H 321, 15- Mankato Loyola-Cleveland 333, 16- LCWM-Nicollet 348

PERHAM GIRLS CLASS A STATE MEET FINISHES- 17- Gracie Morris 19:33.33, 21- Ella Hendrickson 19:44.00, 25- Quincy Anderson 19:50.72, 29- Leelou Novotny 19:57.17, 31- Caidyn Breid 19:57.82, 33- Mya Morris 19:59.64, 61- Myriah Tharaldson 20:29.50

HAWLEY TEAM CLASS A STATE MEET FINISHES- 58- Ivy Tickel 20:25.65, 70- Lily Olson 20:42.47, 100- Mikayla Jelinek 21:20.82, 101- Trista Baer 21:24.86, 114- Rachel Swan 21:52.23, 132- Dru Dauner 22:30.15, 146- Bree Nelson 23:30.42

WADENA-DEER CREEK CLASS A STATE MEET FINISHES- 77- Amber Collins 20:49.14, 78- Britta Sweeney 20:49.41, 79- Lydia Oldakowski 20:52.71, 92- Brielle Kern 21:05.30, 123- Cambrie Geiger 22:14.30, 134- Ally Pavek 22:36.44, 136- Karly Haverkamp 22:39.69


CLASS A STATE MEET TEAM SCORES- 1- Perham 56, 2- St. Cloud Cathedral 78, 3- Staples-Motley 107, 4- Murray County Central 149, 5- Lake City 167, 6- Canby-Minneota 200, 7- Northwest Nighthawks 210, 8- Hawley 238, 9- Wadena-Deer Creek 248, 10- Rochester Lourdes 253, 11- Ely 278, 12- Minnehaha Academy 185, 13- Nova Classical Academy 286, 14-Carlton Wrenshall 302, 15- GFW 367, 16- Sibley East 385

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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