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.

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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.

STAPLES-MOTLEY INVITE GIRLS TEAM SCORES- 1- Staples-Motley 21, 2- Wadena-Deer Creek 54, 3- Minnewaska 62, 4- Breckenridge-Wahpeton 84, 5- Pine River-Backus 155

STAPLES-MOTLEY INVITE BOYS TEAM SCORES- 1- Staples-Motley 22, 2- Minnewaska 57, 3- Wadena-Deer Creek 66, 4- Breckenridge-Wahpeton 81

WADENA-DEER CREEK GIRLS VARSITY FINISHERS- 5- Britta Sweeney 21:01, 9- Amber Collins 21:38, 11- Lydia Oldakowski 21:44, 14- Brielle Kern 22:04, 23- Cambrie Geiger 23:25, 26- Ally Pavek 23:58, 33- Leah Osberg 25:49, 35- Joanna Aho 26:58, 37- Macey Goeden 27:29, 41- Ella Stroeing 28:44

WADENA-DEER CREEK BOYS VARSITY FINISHERS- 5- Lane Hoefs 18:08, 8- Phillip Ross 18:59, 13- Grant Nelson 19:38, 21- Cooper Dalmo 20:32, 23- Blake Haverkamp 21:07, 26- Trevin kern 21:10, 27- Isaac Heppner 21:11, 36- Owen Anderson 22:43, 38- Miles Self 22:55, 43- Charles Peterson 25:01

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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