Cross country: WDC girls clinch first state berth since 1999, area runners qualify individually
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls cross country team is headed to state for the first time since 1999. Bjorn Brunsberg and other area runners qualified individually.
STAPLES – For the first time since 1999, the Wadena-Deer Creek girls cross country team will compete at the state meet.
The Wolverines took second place at the Section 6A championships in Staples on Thursday, finishing behind the host school with a score of 83.
Britta Sweeney led the WDC girls with a fifth-place finish and a time of 20:04. Amber Collins took 12th with a time of 20:46, while Brielle Kern (21:24) came in 19th.
Lydia Oldakowski (21:30, 20th) and Cambrie Geiger (22:02, 35th) rounded out the scoring runners for the Wolverines. Ally Pavek (22:18, 37th) and Karly Haverkamp (22:51, 46th) also finished.
Bjorn Brunsberg is headed to state for the boys with a time of 17:03. He took sixth place, leading the WDC boys to a fourth-place team finish. This is the second consecutive season Brunsberg will run at state.
Lane Hoefs came in 12th with a time of 17:24. Philip Ross (18:36, 31st), Cooper Damlo (18:59, 39th), Grant Nelson (19:13, 46th), Trevin Kern (19:52, 63rd) and Isaac Heppner (20:14, 77th) all clocked in for the Wolverines.
Perham cleans up at Section 8A meet
A bevy of area athletes is headed to the state Class A cross country meet next weekend in Northfield.
The Perham boys and girls teams took care of business and brought home section championships in the 8A meet on Thursday. The girls finished with a team score of 26, while the boys claimed first with a score of 42.
Gracie Morris paced the Perham girls with a third-place finish and a time of 19:54.0. Ella Hendrickson (20:07.2) and Quincy Anderson (20:09.8) were right behind Morris in fourth and fifth place.
Mya Morris clocked in at 20:21.0, which was good enough for sixth place. Caidyn Breid continued her breakout season with an eighth-place time of 20:23.9. Leelou Novotny (20:37.5) and Myriah Tharaldson (20:43.5) finished in 12th and 13th place.
Bjorn Anderson took home the individual Section 8A championship in the boys race with a time of 16:18.1. Micah Thompson was 23 seconds behind Anderson in third place with a time of 16:41.5.
Dylan Guck (17:23.3, 11th), Caden Doll (17:23.5, 12th) and Brayden Glorvigen (17:36.6, 15th) all notched top 15 finishes on Thursday. Carter Flatau (18:21.2) and Blake Swenson (18:40.9) rounded out the group.
The top two teams and six individuals on non-qualifying teams advance to the state meet at St. Olaf College on Nov. 5. Hawley finished in second place in the girls race with a score of 89. Park Rapids was the second boys team to qualify with 48 points.
Lake Park-Audubon will send four individuals to state. Ellen Schauer was the final girls runner to qualify with a time of 20:43.6, which was good enough for 14th place overall. Taylor Johnson (16:52.9), Thor Erickson (17:15.8) and Seth Torgerson all finished in the top 10 in the boys race.