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Panthers sweep titles at Pelican Rapids meet

Park Rapids had its top five runners finish in the top 14 spots in sweeping titles at Monday's Pelican Rapids Invitational cross-country meet.

In the girls meet, Tayah Otterness finished second in 17:13 while Lora Remus (18:33), Megan Olson (18:44), Abby Mueller (18:47) and Madison Steffel (18:50) finished in the 6-9 spots as the Panthers tallied 24 points to top the seven-team field. Morgan Olson finished 16th in 20:25. Tianna Wald led the field by covering the 4,000-meter course in a winning time of 17:05 in leading Pelican Rapids to runner-up honors with 37 points.

In the boys meet, Isaac Overmyer led the pack by covering the 5,000-meter course in a winning time of 17:37. Jake Waggoner was fifth in 19:10, Zach Jewison finished sixth in 19:13, Tanner Otterness was 12th in 19:57 and Bailey Mueller finished 14th in 20:00 as the Panthers led the way with 38 points. Austin Carlson finished 24th in 20:58 and Nathanael Rairdon was 26th in 21:04. Pelican Rapids finished second in this nine-team meet with 43 points.

Park Rapids also won the boys junior varsity meet with 28 points.

"It was so much fun to have the varsity girls, varsity boys and JV boys take first. I told them not to worry about times as much as places. Since it was so hot, so windy and so hilly, it was important to just figure out what place each runner was shooting for and go for that. That's what the kids did. They really raced well," said Park Rapids head coach Kerry Johnson. "I think we are right on track. I told them I am not content with this success at Pelican Rapids. We have so much more to accomplish, but I do think we are moving in the right direction."

Girls team scores: Park Rapids 24, Pelican Rapids 37, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 65. Incomplete teams: Breckenridge, Frazee, Lake Park-Audubon, Ottertail Central.

Individual results

1, Tianna Wald, Pelican Rapids, 17:05. 2, Tayah Otterness, PR, 17:13. 3, Emma Schmitz, W-DC, 17:35. 4, Emily Bakken, Pelican, 17:43. 5, Alyssa Hasbargen, Breckenridge, 18:30. 6, Lora Remus, PR, 18:33. 7, Megan Olson, PR, 18:44. 8, Abby Mueller, PR, 18:47. 9, Madison Steffel, PR, 18:50. 16, Morgan Olson, PR, 20:25.

Boys team scores: Park Rapids 38, Pelican Rapids 43, Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal 99, Ottertail Central 106, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 110, Frazee 112. Incomplete teams: Breckenridge, Lake Park-Audubon, Wadena-Deer Creek.

Individual results

1, Isaac Overmyer, PR, 17:37. 2, Cody Bekkerus, Pelican, 17:52. 3, Josh Mackner, Pelican, 18:53. 4, Tony Santos, DGF, 19:01. 5, Jake Waggoner, PR, 19:10. 6, Zach Jewison, PR, 19:13. 12, Tanner Otterness, PR, 19:57. 14, Bailey Mueller, PR, 20:00. 24, Austin Carlson, PR, 20:58. 26, Nathanael Rairdon, PR, 21:04.

Boys JV team scores: Park Rapids 28, Pelican Rapids 41, Frazee 66.

Park Rapids results

1, Tanner Eischens 21:27. 2, Jacob Hays 21:56. 9, Adam Mackley 23:02. 11, Matthew Konshok 23:21. 13, Aaron Hamblin 24:04. 14, Cody Brumbaugh 24:10. 15, Jared Kantonen 24:11. 19, Jacob Bridgman 24:56. 20, Brad Eischens 25:02. 24, Nick Schulz 26:57.

Girls JV team scores: Breckenridge 15.

Park Rapids results

12, Jordyn Bynum 26:13. 13, Rebecca Hays 26:53.