Cross country: Wolverines compete against some of the top Midwest schools at Border Battle in Grand Forks

The Wadena-Deer Creek cross country teams took on schools from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada on Saturday in Grand Forks.

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GRAND FORKS – The Wadena-Deer Creek cross country teams had another test on Saturday at the Border Battle invite in Grand Forks.

The WDC girls took fourth place with a team score of 128 against teams from Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Canada. Bowman County edged out the Wolverines for third place by six points, while Milbank took second at 103. Rugby won the meet with a team score of 50.

Britta Sweeney led the Wolverines with a 13th-place time of 20:39. Amber Collins (21:05, 23rd), Karly Haverkamp (21:41. 33rd), Lydia Oldakowski (21:45, 35th) and Brielle Kern (21:55, 38th) all finished in the top 40.

Lane Hoefs and Phillip Ross paced the WDC boys to a 12th-place finish with a score of 345. Hoefs took 23rd with a time of 17:50, while Ross clocked in at 18:52 in 57th. Grant Nelson (19:11, 67th), Cooper Dalmo (19:59, 96th) and Trevin Kern (20:48, 123rd) rounded out the top five for the Wolverines.

Women County took first place with a team score of 22. Tioga and DNA Homeschool tied with 28 points for the top three spots on the podium.


The Wolverines also traveled to Melrose last Tuesday. The girls took first place, beating out Minnewaska (73) and New London-Spicer (92) with a team score of 61.

Sweeney (21:46, 8th), Collins (22:01, 10th), Oldakowski (22:28, 12th) and Haverkamp (22:23,15th) all finished in the top 15. Kern clocked in at 23:10 in 24th to clinch a first-place finish for the WDC girls.

Hoefs also landed in the top 10 with an eighth-place finish (18:06). Ross (19:32, 27th), Nelson (19:40, 33rd), Dalmo (21:45, 72nd) and Heppner (21:48, 73rd) totaled a score of 213, which was good enough for 9th place.

Sauk Centre won the boys varsity race with a team score of 55, followed by Pequot Lakes (85) and New London-Spicer (94).

WADENA-DEER CREEK GIRLS VARSITY FINISHERS BORDER BATTLE- 13- Britta Sweeny 20:39, 23- Amber Collins 21:05, 33- Karly Haverkamp 21:41, 35- Lydia Oldakowski 21:45, 38- Brielle Kern 21:55, 41- Ally Pavek 22:03, 92- Noelle Spicer 24:08

WADENA-DEER CREEK BOYS VARSITY FINISHERS BORDER BATTLE- 23- Lane Hoefs 17:50, 57- Phillip Ross 18:52, 67- Grant Nelson 19:11, 96- Cooper Dalmo, 19:59. 123- Trevin Kern 20:48, 139- Isaac Heppner 21:17, 140- Tayton Lehmann 21:17

WADENA-DEER CREEK GIRLS VARSITY FINISHERS MELROSE INVITE- 8- Britta Sweeney 21:46, 10- Amber Collins 22:01, 12- Lydia Oldakowski 22:28, 15- Karly Haverkamp- 22:23, 24- Brielle Kern 23:10, 41- Ally Pavek 24:04, 47- Noelle Spicer 24:27

WADENA-DEER CREEK BOYS VARSITY FINISHERS MELROSE INVITE- 8- Lane Hoefs 18:06, 27- Phillip Ross 19:32, 33- Grant Nelson 19:40, 72- Cooper Dalmo 21:45, 73- Isaac Heppner 21:48, 74- Blake Haverkamp 21:54

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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