Schmitz earns state trip at Section 8A meet
Nasty running conditions failed to stop Wadena-Deer Creek's Emma Schmitz from qualifying for her second trip to state Oct. 25 at Twin Pines Golf Course outside Bagley.
Schmitz placed ninth in a field of 119 runners in the chilly, windy conditions with a time of 16:08. The WDC sophomore qualified for her first state meet last year at Twin Pines with a time of 16:02.10.
Joining Schmitz in giving the Wolverines a 10th place finish in the 16-team field were Briana Rosenthal, who ran 42nd with a time of 17:55; Tiffany Meeks, who ran 67th with a 19:11; Gabby Ross, who placed 68th with a 19:12 and Liz Peterson, who finished 74th with a 19:27. The Wolverines brought in a team score of 248.
The WDC boys placed 14th in their 17-team field with 351 points. Tristin Godel led the way for WDC in the 121-man pack with a 41st place finish of 19:19. Konnor Stueve and Brody Wangsness kept pace with each other and finished 70th and 73rd respectively with times of 20:33 and 21:37. Adam Leverson and Joey Najjar rounded out the WDC field with 103rd and 108th place times of 22:41 and 23:08.
The Perham Yellowjackets won top team honors in both the boys' and girls' meets. The Perham boys took six of the top seven places and finished with 17 points. Keeghan Hurley, Brady Speicher and Billy Beseman ran 1-2-3 for Perham with times of 15:57, 16:12 and 16:15. Jayden Cullen, Nick Carignan and Dalton Dahms placed fifth, sixth and seventh for Perham with ties of 16:30, 16:44 and 16:55.
Roseau's Madeline Huglen set the pace in the girls' meet with a 15:34 but Perham's Brynnan Covington and Sydney Karels led the Perham girls with third and sixth-place times of 15:50 and 15:58. The Perham girls finished with 53 points.
Perham 17, Park Rapids 99, Roseau 124, Pequot Lakes 154, Hawley 160, Staples-Motley 161, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 174, Bagley-Fosston 204, United North Central 267, Frazee 285, Warroad 321, Pine River-Backus 332, Pillager 346, Wadena-Deer Creek 351, East Grand Forks 398, Lake Park Audubon 449, West Marshall 469
Wadena-Deer Creek finishers
Tristin Godel, 41st, 19:19
Konnor Stueve, 70th, 20:27
Brody Wangsness, 73rd, 20:33
Joey Pate, 90th, 21:37
Adam Leverson, 103rd, 22:41
Joey Najjar, 108th, 23:08
Perham 53, Warroad 99, Pequot Lakes 141, Roseau 142, Park Rapids 143, Bagley-Fosston 177, United North Central 186, Lake of the Woods 196, Staples-Motley 225, Wadena-Deer Creek 248, Trek North 248, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 254, Pillager 330, West Marshall 380, Pine River-Backus 399, East Grand Forks 418
Wadena-Deer Creek finishers
Emma Schmitz, 9th, 16:08 (State Qualifier)
Brianna Rosenthal, 42st, 17:55
Tiffany Meeks, 67th, 19:11
Gabby Ross, 68th, 19:12
Liz Peterson, 74th, 19:27