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Schmitz places 15th in WDC Invitational

Photo by Brian Hansel Wadena-Deer Creek's Emma Schmitz kicks for the finish line Tuesday in the annual Wadena-Deer Creek Cross Country Invitational at Whitetail Run Golf Course. Schmitz placed 15th with a time of 17:40.

Emma Schmitz ran 15th with a time of 17:40 Tuesday in the Wadena-Deer Creek Cross Country Invitational at Whitetail Run.

WDC's 2011 Class A state qualifier was off more than a minute from the time she ran at St. Olaf last November, when she placed 82nd. Schmitz ran a 16.19.9 in her first state competition. Her time was right on-par with her effort in the WDC Invitational last year. Schmitz placed 17th in 2011 with a 17:39.64.

Mattie Hendrickson ran a winning time of 16:13 in leading Little Falls to victory in the girls' competition. The Flyers took four of the top five places in finishing with 33 points.

Perham Keeghan Hurley set the pace in the boys' race with a time of 16:49. The Class A state runner-up Yellowjackets dominated the meet with six of their harriers placing in the top seven. Matt Massmann ran an eighth-place time of 17:51 as Little Falls placed second with 84 points.

Wadena-Deer Creek

Cross Country Invitational


Perham 19, Little Falls 84, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 89, Park Rapids 99, Staples-Motley 132, Otter Tail Central 154, Bagley/Fosston 169, United North Central 228


Little Falls 33, Perham 47, Park Rapids 105, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 129, United North Central 131, Pillager 152, Bagley/Fosston 255, Staples-Motley 273, Otter Tail Central 273, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 276, Nevis 277, Wadena-Deer Creek 291