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Park Rapids' Summer Ellefson (from left), Tiffany Deitchler, Victoria Lutz, Kaylee Hilmanowski, Morgan Olson, Lydia Lutz and Sophie Shogren took off from the starting line at Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley. (Submitted photo)

Park Rapids girls earn first state trip as a team since 1998

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Kerry Johnson couldn't wait for the Section 8A cross-country meet to arrive.

Once it started, the head coach of the Park Rapids girls cross-country team couldn't wait for it to be over.


All season long, the Panthers were ranked as one of the top Class A teams in the state. Entering the section meet, the Panthers joined Perham as the two teams to beat for the two berths to the state meet. Perham was rated No. 1 in the state while the Panthers were ranked No. 8.

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