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Lutz finishes fourth to lead Panthers at season-opening Moorhead Invitational

Lydia Lutz's fourth-place finish led the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to a fifth-place finish at Monday's season-opening Shocky Strand Invitational at Moorhead.

Lutz covered the 4,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 21 seconds as the Panthers tallied 127 points in this nine-team meet. Following Lutz for the Panthers were Shelby Pierce (19th in 17:13), Summer Ellefson (29th in 17:43), Lora Remus (35th in 17:52) and Megan Olson (40th in 18:09).

Park Rapids, which is rated No. 12 in the first Class A poll, edged Perham for fifth place. Perham entered the season rated No. 9 in the state.

Bemidji's Jenna Truedson led the way with a winning time of 15:27 while Moorhead claimed the team title with 41 points.

In the boys meet, Isaac Overmyer finished 20th overall as the Panthers finished ninth out of 10 teams with 225 points.

Overmyer covered the 5,000-meter course in 18:06. Rounding out the Panthers' varsity team were Bailey Mueller (42nd in 19:17), Jake Waggoner (52nd in 19:59), Tanner Otterness (55th in 20:27) and Nate Carlson (56th in 20:54).

Glen Ellingson led the pack with a winning time of 16:44 in leading Moorhead to the team title with 28 points.

In the boys junior varsity race, Cody Brumbaugh (81st in 24:21), Adam Mackley (86th in 25:04), Matt Konshok (87th in 25:09) and Nick Schulz (96th in 27:29) competed for the Panthers. Cole Coborn (54th in 13:57), Jacob Bridgman (55th in 13:47) and Zach Nelson (86th in 16:21) competed in the boys 3,200-meter junior high race.

"I was very happy with how both teams did," said Park Rapids head coach Kerry Johnson. "It's such a tough meet. Nine runners improved their times over last year and I was very excited to have the girls beat Perham."

Girls team scores: Moorhead 41, Bemidji 84, Willmar 84, West Fargo 98, Park Rapids 127, Perham 131, Detroit Lakes 187, Devils Lake 200, Fergus Falls 206.

Individual results

1, Jenna Truedson, B, 15:27. 2, Kim Truedson, B, 15:47. 3, Taylor Janssen, M, 16:15. 4, Lydia Lutz, PR, 16:21. 5, Cass Johnson, W, 16:30. 19, Shelby Pierce, PR, 17:13. 29, Summer Ellefson, PR, 17:43. 35, Lora Remus, PR, 17:52. 40, Megan Olson, PR, 18:09. 46, Kaylee Hilmanowski, PR, 18:58. 56, Morgan Olson, PR, 19:48. 62, Abby Mueller, PR, 19:53. 67, Maya Johnson, PR, 20:23.

Boys team scores: Moorhead 28, Detroit Lakes 79, Willmar 91, West Fargo 110, Perham 137, Fergus Falls 140, Bemidji 166, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 218, Park Rapids 225, Devils Lake 258.

Individual results

1, Glen Ellingson, M, 16:44. 2, Ezra Olson, M, 17:07. 3, Zach Haus, FF, 17:20. 4, Wes Bakken, DL, 17:22. 5, Sam Carlson, B, 17:22. 20, Isaac Overmyer, PR, 18:06. 43, Bailey Mueller, PR, 19:17. 55, Jake Waggoner, PR, 19:59. 59, Tanner Otterness, PR, 20:27. 63, Nate Carlson, PR, 20:54. 65, Ryan McBrady, PR, 21:02. 66, Jacob Hays, PR, 21:10. 68, Austin Carlson, PR, 21:41. 72, Brad Eischens, PR, 23:05. 73, Aaron Holk, PR, 23:38.