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Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen (left) and United North Central's Alyssa Peterson sprinted to the finish line during Tuesday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational cross-country meet.

Overmyer, Olson lead Panthers at W-DC Invitational

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  Perham backed up its claim as the team to beat as the Yellowjackets swept the girls and boys titles at Tuesday’s Johanna Olson Invitational cross-country meet at Wadena.

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     In the girls meet, Perham tallied 24 points to top the 10-team field. Perham is rated No. 4 in the latest state Class A poll. Park Rapids was second with 45 points while United North Central finished third with 68 points.

     In the boys meet, the Yellowjackets lived up to their No. 1 state ranking by topping the 12-team field with 21 points. Park Rapids was fifth with 107 points while UNC finished seventh with 189 points.

     Megan Olson finished fourth overall by covering the 4,000-meter girls course in 17:00. Lydia Kantonen was sixth in 17:03, Madison Steffel took 10th in 17:59, Kendra Coborn finished 13th in 18:13 and Tayah Otterness was 18th in 18:25 to account for the Panthers’ team score. Ellery Overmyer (22nd in 18:45) and Maya Johnson (37th in 20:33) rounded out Park Rapids’ varsity team. Bagley/Fosston’s Marissa Carlson took first in 16:00.

     Alyssa Peterson (fifth in 17:02), Joy Haataja (12th in 18:11), Andrea Korvela (16th in 18:21), Jen Stifter (19th in 18:33) and Anna Olson (25th in 18:58) led UNC.

     Isaac Overmyer claimed runner-up honors by covering the 5,000-meter boys course in 16:41. Zach Jewison (18th in 18:53), Bailey Mueller (22nd in 19:53), Tyler Breitweser (33rd in 20:54) and Brad Eischens (34th in 20:57) rounded out Park Rapids’ team score. Jared Kantonen (38th in 21:34) and Matthew Konshok (40th in 21:40) completed the Panthers’ varsity lineup.

     Perham’s Keeghan Hurley led the way with a winning time of 16:20 while teammates Jayden Cullen (third in 17:08), Ben Sullivan (fourth in 17:12), Billy Beseman (sixth in 17:45) and Chris Knutson (seventh in 18:07) followed. Hurley (No. 3), Overmyer (No. 5), Beseman (No. 7) and Cullen (No. 13) are all rated in the state Class A individual poll.

     Ryan Johnson (35th in 21:03), Donald Wurdock (36th in 21:15), Luke Wurdock (42nd in 21:54), Ryan Spandgenske (43rd in 22:55) and Joseph Keranen (45th in 23:00) led the Warriors.

     Running junior varsity for the Panthers were Alex Boyd (21:45), Marcus Hoyer (22:52), Cody Brumbaugh (22:56), Austin Carlson (23:01), Zach Nelson (25:02) and Adam Jacobi (26:29) for the boys and Whitney Steffel (21:13), Nicole Eischens (23:16) and Megan Jewison (26:20) for the girls.

     Competing in the 3,200-meter junior high race for the Panthers were Alexandra Kirlin (17th in 16:14) and Kinley Nordin (21st in 16:49) for the girls and Will Pickar (seventh in 13:35), Bjorn Jorgenson (14thin 14:26) and Darien Simon (19th in 15:03) for the boys.

Girls team scores: Perham 24, Park Rapids 45, United North Central 68, Staples-Motley 115, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 130, Ottertail Central 159. Incomplete teams: Bagley/Fosston, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Wadena-Deer Creek, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross.

Individual results

1, Marissa Carlson, Bagley, 16:00. 2, Brynnan Covington, Perham, 16:13. 3, Lizzie Fudge, Perham, 16:29. 4, Megan Olson, PR, 17:00. 5, Alyssa Peterson, UNC, 17:02.

Park Rapids results

4, Megan Olson 17:00. 6, Lydia Kantonen 17:03. 10, Madison Steffel 17:59. 13, Kendra Coborn 18:13. 18, Tayah Otterness 18:25. 22, Ellery Overmyer 18:45. 37, Maya Johnson 20:33.

United North Central results

5, Alyssa Peterson 17:02. 12, Joy Haataja 18:11. 16, Andrea Korvela 18:21. 19, Jen Stifter 18:33. 25, Anna Olson 18:58. 26, Jill Isaacson 19:03. 27, Sarah Kuismi 19:04.

Boys team scores: Perham 21, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 82, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 84, Ottertail Central 97, Park Rapids 107, Staples-Motley 177, United North Central 189, Bagley/Fosston 214. Incomplete teams: New York Mills, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross, Wadena-Deer Creek, Laporte.

Individual results

1, Keeghan Hurley, Perham, 16:20. 2, Isaac Overmyer, PR, 16:41. 3, Jayden Cullen, Perham, 17:08. 4, Ben Sullivan, Perham, 17:12

Park Rapids results

2, Isaac Overmyer 16:41. 18, Zach Jewison 18:53. 22, Bailey Mueller 19:53. 33, Tyler Breitweser 20:54. 34, Brad Eischens 20:57. 38, Jared Kantonen 21:34. 40, Matthew Konshok 21:40.

United North Central results

35, Ryan Johnson 21:03. 36, Donald Wurdock 21:15. 42, Luke Wurdock 21:54. 43, Ryan Spandgenske 22:55. 45, Joseph Keranen 23:00. 46, Sterling Crabb 23:07. 48, Calvin Taylor 23:23.

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