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Overmyer takes second at Mega Meet

Bailey Mueller was the Panthers' No. 2 runner in the boys varsity Class AA race by placing 61st overall at last Saturday's Milaca Mega Meet.

  Isaac Overmyer’s runner-up finish led the Park Rapids boys cross-country team to 11th place in the Class AA division at last Saturday’s Milaca Mega Meet.

     Overmyer covered the 5,000-meter course in 16:06 as the Panthers compiled 273 points in the 27-team field. Bailey Mueller was 61st overall in 18:38, Zach Jewison finished 71st in 18:52, Brad Eischens was 76th in 18:59 and Tyler Breitweser finished 92nd in 19:32 to round out the Panthers’ team score. Jared Kantonen (113th in 20:11) and Matt Konshok (121st in 20:30) completed the varsity lineup. There were 149 runners in the Class AA meet.

     Ephraim Bird led the field with a winning time of 15:55 in leading Minnehaha Academy to the team title with 54 points. Bird is rated No. 4 while Overmyer is rated No. 7 in the latest state Class A poll.

     Nicole Eischens finished 121st in the girls Class AA varsity race with a time of 20:55.

     In the boys junior varsity race, Nathanael Rairdon (250th in 21:01), Cody Brumbaugh (277th in 21:17) and Alex Boyd (297th in 21:33) competed for Park Rapids. There were 582 runners in that race.

     Megan Olson (third in 15:52) and Abby Mueller (36th in 17:37) were among 187 runners in the girls 10th grade race.

     In the 9th grade races, Lydia Kantonen (second in 16:10), Ellery Overmyer (eighth in 16:36), Madison Steffel (24th in 17:11) and Megan Jewison (24th in 17:11) competed for the girls while Zach Nelson (239th in 22:26) and Adam Jacobi (296th in 24:39) competed for the boys. There were 194 girls and 339 boys in those races.

     In the 8th grade races, Will Pickar (53rd in 12:40), Austin Jerger (66th in 12:47) and Darien Simon (161st in 13:50) competed for the boys while Alexandra Kirlin (96th in 15:10) competed for the girls. There were 321 boys and 209 girls who ran in those 3,200-meter races.

     In the 7th grade race, Kendra Coborn (second in 12:58), Whitney Steffel (67th in 15:06) and Kinley Nordin (98th in 15:45) competed for the girls while Bjorn Jorgenson (56th in 13:26) ran for the boys. There were 207 girls and 324 boys in those races.

Boys team scores: Minnehaha Academy 54, Mora 78, Martin County West 110, Canby 117, Montevideo 164, St. Cloud Cathedral 167, Jordan 200, Esko 221, Proctor 235, Pine City 248, Park Rapids 273, Rockford 295, Fairmont 348, Cook County 352, Byron 358, Virginia 443, Watertown-Mayer 464, Greenway 574. Incomplete teams: New London-Spicer, Paynesville, Foley, Milaca, St. Mary’s, Lac qui Parle, St. Croix Lutheran, Hinckley-Finlayson, Cromwell.

Individual results

1, Ephraim Bird, Minnehaha, 15:55. 2, Isaac Overmyer, Park Rapids, 16:06. 3, Ethan Wagner, Minnehaha, 16:18. 4, Jonah Mayo, Martin County West, 16:56. 5, Noah Moravec, Mora, 16:56.

Park Rapids results

2, Isaac Overmyer 16:06. 61, Bailey Mueller 18:38. 71, Zach Jewison 18:52. 76, Brad Eischens 18:59. 92, Tyler Breitweser 19:32. 113, Jared Kantonen 20:11. 121, Matt Konshok 20:30.