Park Rapids girls team, Overmyer lead the way at Bagley/Fosston meet
Park Rapids won its third girls team title and Isaac Overmyer won his third individual boys title of the season at Tuesday’s Bagley/Fosston Invitational cross-country meet at Bagley.
The Panthers topped the 17-team girls field with 62 points as Megan Olson (fifth in 16:06) and Lydia Kantonen (seventh in 16:13) finished in the top 10. Ellery Overmyer was 15th in 16:45, Kendra Coborn finished 21st in 17:05 and Madison Steffel was 22nd in 17:09 to round out Park Rapids’ team score. Abby Mueller (28th in 17:37) and Whitney Steffel (58th in 19:20) rounded out the Panthers’ varsity.
Roseau’s Madeline Huglen led the field by covering the 4,000-meter course in 15:36. Huglen is rated No. 11 in the latest state Class A poll.
“We knew Roseau would be the team from our section to go after,” said Park Rapids head coach Kerry Johnson. “I was so happy for the girls that they took first. They have been working hard, so it’s great when hard work pays off. Our girls run so close together. It’s always a real team effort. They just need to keep working hard and improving.”
Overmyer led the boys field by covering the 5,000-meter course in 16:47 as the Panthers finished third out of 21 teams with 112 points. Overmyer is rated No. 7 in the state Class A poll. Zach Jewison (eighth in 18:03), Bailey Mueller (22nd in 18:47), Brad Eischens (35th in 19:15) and Tyler Breitweser (51st in 19:43) rounded out Park Rapids’ team score. Jared Kantonen (57th in 19:55) and Nathanael Rairdon (71st in 20:18) completed the Panthers’ varsity.
Roseau’s boys won the team title with 59 points while Perham’s junior varsity was second with 75 points.
“The guys made some progress at Bagley and that was good to see,” said Johnson. “We have our work cut out for us to beat Roseau at sections, but there is a great deal of season left and the guys are working hard. Just closing the gap between some of our runners will be what it takes. The guys want to get back to state. Until the final tally is done, that is their focus. It should be exciting.”
United North Central finished third in the girls meet with 109 points behind Alyssa Peterson (ninth in 16:19), Andrea Korvela (19th in 17:00), Joy Haataja (29th in 17:43), Anna Olson (30th in 17:43) and Jen Stifter (31st in 17:44).
In the boys meet, UNC finished 10th with 272 points behind Ryan Johnson (41st in 19:23), Luke Wurdock (46th in 19:33), Joseph Keranen (47th in 19:38), Ryan Spandgenske (80th in 21:10) and Calvin Taylor (91st in 22:05).
Competing for Nevis were Chloe Johnson (75th in 21:04) for the girls and William Kempnich (48th in 19:40), Connley Anderson (86th in 21:40), Zach Miller (97th in 22:59) and Reed Bennett (114th in 26:15) for the boys.
Competing for Park Rapids in the girls junior varsity race were Nicole Eischens (35th in 20:22) and Megan Jewison (69th in 24:42) while Matt Konshok (17th in 20:26), Cody Brumbaugh (49th in 22:02), Zach Nelson (60th in 22:48) and Adam Jacobi (85th in 26:41) ran for the Panthers in the boys JV race.
Girls team scores: Park Rapids 62, Roseau 76, United North Central 109, International Falls 111, Warroad 115, Pelican Rapids 119, Pequot Lakes 141, Thief River Falls 175, Staples-Motley 183. Incomplete teams: Bagley/Fosston, Lake of the Woods, Lake Park-Audubon, Nevis, Pine River-Backus, Stephen-Argyle, Trek North, Wadena-Deer Creek.
1, Madeline Huglen, R, 15:36. 2, Marissa Carlson, BF, 15:52. 3, Lexi Erickson, IF, 15:55. 4, Ellie Nelson, R, 15:57. 5, Megan Olson, PR, 16:06.
Park Rapids results
5, Megan Olson 16:06. 7, Lydia Kantonen 16:13. 15, Ellery Overmyer 16:45. 21, Kendra Coborn 17:05. 22, Madison Steffel 17:09. 28, Abby Mueller 17:37. 58, Whitney Steffel 19:20.
United North Central results
9, Alyssa Peterson 16:19. 19, Andrea Korvela 17:00. 29, Joy Haataja 17:43. 30, Anna Olson 17:43. 31, Jen Stifter 17:44. 39, Kaylee Eckman 18:27. 40, Megan Hendrickson 18:30.
75, Chloe Johnson 21:04.
Boys team scores: Roseau 59, Perham JV 75, Park Rapids 112, Pequot Lakes 125, Pelican Rapids 127, Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal 146, Bemidji JV 154, Thief River Falls 208, Staples-Motley 210, United North Central 272, International Falls 283, Warroad 318, Pine River-Backus 336. Incomplete teams: Bagley/Fosston, Lake of the Woods, Lake Park-Audubon, Laporte, Nevis, New York Mills, Trek North, Wadena-Deer Creek.
1, Isaac Overmyer, PR, 16:47. 2, Tyler Erickson, R, 17:13. 3, Weston Nelson, R, 17:24. 4, Dylan Olson, HUH, 17:45. 5, Mahad Aden, Pelican, 17:46.
Park Rapids results
1, Isaac Overmyer 16:47. 8, Zach Jewison 18:03. 22, Bailey Mueller 18:47. 35, Brad Eischens 19:15. 51, Tyler Breitweser 19:43. 57, Jared Kantonen 19:55. 71, Nathanael Rairdon 20:18.
United North Central results
41, Ryan Johnson 19:23. 46, Luke Wurdock 19:33. 47, Joseph Keranen 19:38. 80, Ryan Spandgenske 21:10. 91, Calvin Taylor 22:05.
48, William Kempnich 19:40. 86, Connley Anderson 21:40. 97, Zach Miller 22:59. 114, Reed Bennett 26:15.