Cross country: WDC girls cruise to first place at A-B-E, boys claim third

The Wadena-Deer Creek and New York Mills cross country teams ran in Brandon last Tuesday.

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Wadena-Deer Creek's Cambrie Geiger runs in the Ashby-Brandon-Evansville invite on Oct. 11, 2022 in Brandon
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BRANDON – The eighth-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek girls cross country team collected another first-place finish on Tuesday at the Ashby-Brandon-Evansville invite.

The Wolverines won it with a team score of 22. Britta Sweeney notched a third-place finish with a time of 20:42.4.

Amber Collins landed in the top five in 21:42.7 (5th). Lydia Oldakowski (21:58.6) and Brielle Kern (22:04.8) were right behind Collins in seventh and eighth.

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Wadena-Deer Creek's Cooper Damlo runs in the Ashby-Brandon-Evansville invite on Oct. 11, 2022 in Brandon
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Cambrie Geiger finished just outside the top 10. She finished 11th with a time of 22:52.1. Noelle Spicer (23:41.3, 14th) and Ally Pavek (23:52.4, 16th) also clocked in varsity times.

Bertha-Hewitt won the boys race with a team score of 27. Ottertail Central followed with 52 before WDC landed in third place at 70.


Lane Hoefs took sixth place with a time of 18:00.5. Phillip Ross claimed 10th in 18:36.3. Grant Nelson (19:32.2, 16th), Cooper Damlo (20:03.9, 17th) and Isaac Heppner (20:30.9, 21st) rounded out the top five WDC body runners. Trevin Kern also clocked a varsity time of 20:36.2 in 22nd.

A full feature on the Wadena-Deer Creek cross country teams will be in the next following of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.

Eagles finish third, sixth

The New York Mills cross country teams also competed in the Ashby-Brandon-Evansville invite last Tuesday.

The girls took third place with a team score of 71. Brielle Malone finished in ninth place with a time of 22:09.2.

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New York Mills' Brielle Malone runs in the Ashby-Brandon-Evansville invite on Oct. 11, 2022 in Brandon.
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Katherine Garcia (23:56.3, 17th), McKenzie Draves (24:47.1, 19th) Morgyn O’Dea (27:41.1, 24th) and Rosemary Laudenbach (27:44.7, 25th) all clocked in varsity times.

The boys took sixth place with a team score of 1:57. Simon Snyder paced the Eagles with a time of 21:03.7, which was good enough for 24th place.

Elijah Geiser took 27th with a time of 21:52.4. Austin Geiser (23:26.3, 35th), Aaron Tumberg (23:34.8, 36th) and Jeron Witt (26:19.9, 39th) rounded out the group.


ASHBY-BRANDON-EVANSVILLE GIRLS TEAM SCORES- 1- Wadena-Deer Creek 22, Ottertail Central 42, 3- New York Mills 71

WADENA-DEER CREEK GIRLS VARSITY FINISHERS- 3- Britta Sweeney 20:42.4, 4- Amber Collins 21:42.7, 6- Lydia Oldakowski 21:58.6, 7- Brielle Kern 22:04.8, 11- Cambrie Geiger 22:52.1, 14- Noelle Spicer 23:41.3, 16- Ally Pavek 23:52.4

NEW YORK MILLS GIRLS VARSITY FINISHERS- 9- Brielle Malone 22:09.2, 17- Katherin Garcia 23:56.3, 14- McKenzie Draves 24:47.1, 24- Morgyn O’Dea 27:41.1, 25- Rosemary Laudenbach 27:44.7

ASHBY-BRANDON-EVANSVILLE BOYS TEAM SCORES- 1- Bertha-Hewitt 27, 2- Ottertail Central 52, 3- Wadena-Deer Creek 70, 4- Ashby-Brandon-Evansville 104, 5- Parkers Prairie 109, 6- New York Mills 154

WADENA-DEER CREEK BOYS VARSITY FINISHERS- 6- Lane Hoefs 18:00.5, 10- Phillip Ross 18:36.3, 16- Grant Nelson 19:32.2, 17- Cooper Damlo 20:03.9, 21- Isaac Heppner 20:30.9, 22- Trevin Kern 20:36.2

NEW YORK MILLS BOYS VARSITY FINISHERS- 24- Simon Snyder 21:03.7, 27- Elijah Geiser 21:52.4, 35- Austin Geiser 23:26.3, 36- Aaron Tumberg 23:34.8, 39- Jeron Witt 26:19.9

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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