Cross country: Wolverines battle to second and third-place finishes in Staples
The Wadena-Deer Creek cross country teams finished second and third at the Staples-Motley invite on Monday in their first of two meets this week.
STAPLES – The Wadena-Deer Creek cross country teams competed in its first of two meets this week.
The Wolverines traveled to Staples-Motley on Monday night. The girls took second place, while the boys finished third.
Brita Sweeny paced the WDC girls with a fifth-place finish at 21:01. Amber Collins wasn’t far behind in eighth place with a time of 21:38. Both received top-10 medalist honors.
Lyda Oldakowski finished in 11th place with a time of 21:44. Karlet Haverkamp (22:03) and Brielle Kern (22:04) finished back-to-back in 14th and 15th to complete the top five times for the Wolverines.
Staples-Motley won the event with a score of 21. WDC finished second at 54, followed by Minnewaska with 62. The WDC girls came in as the eighth-ranked team in Class A. Staples-Motley is the top-ranked Class A team in the state, according to the State Cross Country Coaches Association.
The WDC boys took third place with a score of 66, trailing Staples-Motley (22) and Minnewaska (57). Lane Hoefs notched a top-five finish in fifth place with a time of 18:08. Phillip Ross also received a medalist honor with an eighth-place finish (18:59).
Grant Nelson clocked in at 19:38 in 13th place. Cooper Dalmo (20:30) and Blake Haverkamp (21:07) rounded out the top five boys varsity finishers.
The Wolverines travel to Perham on Thursday for one of their final regular-season meets. Teams from around the state will travel to Arvig Park.