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Park Rapids girls claim title at UNC Invitational

Alex Pederson was Park Rapids' No. 2 runner as the Panthers won the girls title with 18 points at the United North Central Invitational at Blueberry Pines.1 / 4
Tanner Otterness led a group of runners during the United North Central Invitational at Blueberry Pines.2 / 4
Zac Haugland led a group of runners during the United North Central Invitational at Blueberry Pines. Park Rapids finished second in the boys meet.3 / 4
Kaylee Hilmanowski (left) and Shelby Pierce helped the Park Rapids girls cross-country team run away with the title at the United North Central Invitational at Blueberry Pines.4 / 4

A near-perfect performance led the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to the title at last Tuesday's United North Central Invitational at Blueberry Pines.

Lydia Lutz led the field with a winning time of 15:50 and Alex Pederson was second in 16:51 as the Panthers compiled 18 points. Shelby Pierce (17:07), Lora Remus (17:14), Kaylee Hilmanowski (17:18) and Morgan Olson (17:24) finished in the 4-5-6-7 spots as Park Rapids easily finished ahead of Pequot Lakes' 50 points to win this seven-team meet. It was Park Rapids' third title of the season.

In the boys meet, Taylor Kimball (fourth in 18:07) and Isaac Overmyer (sixth in 18:28) led the Panthers to runner-up honors with 54 points. Ottertail Central took first with 28 points. Rounding out the Panthers' team score were Bailey Mueller (13th in 19:26), Tanner Otterness (15th in 19:38), Matt Sullivan (16th in 19:42), Zac Haugland (22nd in 19:54) and Jacob Hays (25th in 20:40).

United North Central finished fourth with 148 points behind Jonathon Miller's winning time of 17:29. The Warriors had an incomplete team in the girls meet.

Competing for the Panthers in the boys junior varsity meet were Ryan McBrady (20:40), Nate Carlson (21:03), Travis Deitchler (21:14), Kevin Merfeld (21:24), Josh Hays (23:08) and Ben Kading (24:19).

In the junior high races, Park Rapids' Crysta Berens finished 17th in 12:08 in the girls meet while Adam Mackley (fourth in 9:35), Wesley LaCoursiere (25th in 11:01), Jacob Bridgman (29th in 11:10) and Matt Konshok (30th in 11:11) competed for the Panthers in the boys meet.

Girls team scores: Park Rapids 18, Pequot Lakes 50, Pine River-Backus 121, Northland-Deer River 140. Incomplete teams: Ottertail Central, Pillager, United North Central.

Individual results

1, Lydia Lutz, PR, 15:50. 2, Alex Pederson, PR, 16:51. 3, Savannah Stone, PL, 16:59. 4, Shelby Pierce, PR, 17:07. 5, Lora Remus, PR, 17:14. 6, Kaylee Hilmanowski, PR, 17:18. 7, Morgan Olson, PR, 17:24. 19, Joy Haataja, UNC, 19:15. 22, Jill Isaacson, UNC, 19:36. 24, Madi Lausten, UNC, 19:43. 31, Sarah Kuismi, UNC, 21:00.

Boys team scores: Ottertail Central 28, Park Rapids 54, Pequot Lakes 79, United North Central 148, Pine River-Backus 205, Northland-Deer River 206, Pillager incomplete.

Individual results

1, Jonathon Miller, UNC, 17:29. 2, Ryan Olson, OTC, 17:34. 3, DJ Cline, OTC, 17:47. 4, Taylor Kimball, PR, 18:07. 5, Zach Johnson, OTC, 18:25. 6, Isaac Overmyer, PR, 18:28. 13, Bailey Mueller, PR, 19:26. 15, Tanner Otterness, PR, 19:38. 16, Matt Sullivan, PR, 19:42. 22, Zac Haugland, PR, 19:54. 25, Jacob Hays, PR, 20:40. 32, Luke Graham, UNC, 21:12. 36, Zack McDonald, UNC, 21:29. 37, Jeff Johnson, UNC, 21:30. 42, Cody Pulju, UNC, 22:10. 44, Paul Funk, UNC, 22:18. 53, Erik Aker, UNC, 24:48.

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