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Nick Jasmer and Jess Kaseman won the men's and women's titles at Saturday's 2nd annual Lakes to Pines 5K Fun Run. Jasmer crossed the finish line at the Park Rapids Area High School track with a winning time of 21:32.38 to top the 40-runner field. Kaseman had the fastest time for the women with a 26:37.43. Rounding out the top-five runners for the men were Dan Pike (21:43.34), Brian Hobson (22:23.05), Mike Kaufenberg (24:15.42) and Ed Waggoner (24:25.87).
Park Rapids' Megan Olson competed in five outdoor meets as a member of the University of North Dakota women's track team. Olson capped off her freshman season by winning the 800-meter title with a time of 2:29.35 at the North Dakota State University Tune Up at Fargo on May 5.
One bad inning eliminated the Park Rapids baseball team from the Section 8AA tournament. A five-run fifth inning sparked Frazee to a 5-4 win over the Panthers in an elimination game June 6 at Perham. Park Rapids jumped out to a 3-0 lead by scoring a run in the second inning and two runs in the third. Will Pickar, Nathan David and Cameron Hoyt singled with two outs in the second to account for the game's first run while a lead-off walk and stolen base by Tristin Persons, an RBI single by Sam Eystad and an error made it 3-0 in the third.
Nevis' Logan Tinnes and Park Rapids' Jaiden McCollum earned medals during Saturday's finals of the state Class A track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Tinnes, a senior who was making his state debut, finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.18. Tinnes qualified for the finals by placing fourth in 15.75 during Friday's preliminaries. Pequot Lakes' Reid Pierzinski won the state title in 14.67.
Entering last Saturday's Section 8A track and field meet at Bagley, Park Rapids had a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in four events. The Panthers lived up to those seeds as nine individuals qualified for the state Class A meet in four events.
Ottertail Central's boys and Park Christian's girls captured team titles at the Section 6A golf tournament. OTC followed a 348 during the first round at Perham's Lakeside Golf Course on May 31 with a 337 during the final 18 holes on June 1 for a two-day total of 685. Pine River-Backus was second with a 690. Joe Stetz of Pelican Rapids earned medalist honors by following a 76 with an 82 for a two-day score of 158 to lead the list of individual state qualifiers.
The Park Rapids Clay Dusters trap-shooting team is enjoying another successful season. The Clay Dusters claimed runner-up honors in the Class 3A Conference 5 standings this season with 20,098.50 points. Park Rapids scored 4,224.50 points in Week 1, 4,153 points in Week 2, 3,778.50 points in Week 3, 4,074 points in Week 4 and 3,868.50 points in Week 5. Hibbing took first with 24,836.50 points during the five-week competition.
Detroit Lakes took the lead during Monday's first 18 holes and led the field again during Tuesday's final 18 holes to sweep the boys and girls team titles at the Section 8AA Golf Championships at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. In the girls tournament, Detroit Lakes followed a 328 on Monday with a 323 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 651 to defeat Crookston by 20 shots. Park Rapids finished sixth with rounds of 373 and 365 for a 738.
Cory Odland threw a six-hit complete game and Drew Rasmussen went 3 for 4 in leading Midway to a 6-1 amateur baseball win over the Ada Athletics in the first round of the Mike Johnson Memorial Tournament at Morris on June 3. Midway lost the next two games as the Raymond Rockets prevailed 6-0 on June 3 and the Elrosa Saints posted a 7-4 win on June 4. In the win over Ada, the Snurdbirds scored twice in the fifth and single runs in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings.
United North Central's Annika Aho and Jake Clements just missed qualifying for the state Class A track and field meet with third-place finishes at Thursday's Section 6A meet at Fergus Falls. Aho clocked a 5:24.68 in the 800-meter run to finish behind the 5:13.89 by Perham's Brynnan Covington and the 5:21.45 by Morris Area's Maddie Carrington. Aho also placed sixth in the 800 in 2:27.13 to account for 7 of the Warriors' 8 team points. Anna Olson scored the other point by clearing 8 feet, 4 inches to place sixth in the pole vault.