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Overmyer, Park Rapids girls win MId-State titles

Madison Steffel rounded out Park Rapids' team score by placing 17th at Thursday's Mid-State Conference meet.

  Isaac Overmyer won the boys title for the third year in a row and the Park Rapids girls cross-country team won the team title for the third time in the last five years at Thursday’s Mid-State Conference meet at Emily Greens Golf Course near Crosby.

     In the girls meet, the Panthers had four runners earn all-conference honors by placing in the top-7 spots. Lydia Kantonen finished second in 15:51, Megan Olson was fourth in 16:17, Ellery Overmyer placed fifth in 16:23 and Kendra Coborn was seventh in 16:39. Madison Steffel finished 17th in 17:35 to round out Park Rapids’ winning total of 35 points. Detroit Lakes was second with 54 points. Olson earned all-conference honors last season.

     Rounding out the Panthers’ varsity team were Abby Mueller (22nd in 17:58) and Tayah Otterness (37th in 18:52). Crosby-Ironton’s Margaret Stokman led the field by covering the 4,000-meter course in 15:47.

     “I thought the girls had a great chance to win the title, but I knew it would be close,” said Park Rapids head coach Kerry Johnson. “I knew we would have a couple for sure in the top 10, but having four in the top 7 was so exciting. The girl worked hard and ran well.”

     In the boys race, Overmyer led the way with a winning time of 16:58 over the 5,000-meter course. Overmyer is rated No. 7 in this week’s state Class A poll.

     Tyler Breitweser finished 20th in 19:39, Bailey Mueller was 25th in 20:00, Brad Eischens was 38th in 20:26 and Austin Jerger finished 39th in 20:28 as the Panthers finished fifth in the team standings with 113 points. Jared Kantonen (42nd in 20:33) and Alex Boyd (44th in 20:35) rounded out Park Rapids’ varsity. Crosby-Ironton defended the conference title with 44 points.

     In the 2,400-meter junior high races, Park Rapids’ Alexandra Kirlin took first in 10:43 and Kinley Nordin was third in 11:06 for the girls while Bjorn Jorgenson (15th in 10:02) and Darien Simon (18th in 10:07) competed for the Park Rapids boys.

Girls team scores: Park Rapids 35, Detroit Lakes 54, Crosby-Ironton 78, Pequot Lakes 97, Staples-Motley 129, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 157, Wadena-Deer Creek 166.

Individual results

1, Margaret Stokman, CI, 15:47. 2, Lydia Kantonen, PR, 15:51. 3, Makenzie Ostlie, DL, 16:08. 4, Megan Olson, PR, 16:17. 5, Ellery Overmyer, PR, 16:23. 6, Molly McCusker, CI, 16:27. 7, Kendra Coborn, PR, 16:39. 8, Emma Schmitz, WDC, 16:50. 9, Sarah Schumacher, DL, 17:06. 10, Caitie Ryan, PL, 17:08. 17, Madison Steffel, PR, 17:35. 22, Abby Mueller, PR, 17:58. 37, Tayah Otterness, PR, 18:52. 39, Whitney Steffel, PR, 18:55. 43, Maya Johnson, PR, 19:09. 61, Nicole Eischens, PR, 20:22. 70, Megan Jewison, PR, 23:54.

Boys team scores: Crosby-Ironton 44, Detroit Lakes 57, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 58, Pequot Lakes 112, Park Rapids 113, Staples-Motley 125, Wadena-Deer Creek incomplete.

Individual results

1, Isaac Overmyer, PR, 16:58. 2, Matthew Lundstrom, DL, 17:13. 3, Derek Warner, LPGE, 17:29. 4, Will Goodwin, CI, 17:36. 5, Jude Severson, CI, 17:55. 6, David Bachmeier, LPGE, 18:01. 7, Isaac Carlton, CI, 18:16. 8, Zachary Foltz, DL, 18:21. 9, John Stokman, CI, 18:40. 10, Stephen Plopper, SM, 18:54. 20, Tyler Breitweser, PR, 19:39. 25, Bailey Mueller, PR, 20:00. 38, Brad Eischens, PR, 20:26. 39, Austin Jerger, PR, 20:28. 42, Jared Kantonen, PR, 20:33. 44, Alex Boyd, PR, 20:5. 48, Zach Jewison, PR, 20:54. 50, Nathanael Rairdon, PR, 20:55. 54, Matthew Konshok, PR, 21:04. 68, Austin Carlson, PR, 21:59. 75, Marcus Hoyer, PR, 22:27. 76, Will Pickar, PR, 22:30. 79, Cody Brumbaugh, PR, 22:37. 86, Zach Nelson, PR, 23:26. 95, Adam Jacobi, PR, 25:07.