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Lutz, Deitchler qualify for state

Lydia Lutz and Tiffany Deitchler entered Friday's Section 8A cross-country meet at Hawley with quiet confidence. Based on their performances during the season, the two Park Rapids runners were optimistic they could qualify for the state Class A meet.

Lydia Lutz and Tiffany Deitchler entered Friday's Section 8A cross-country meet at Hawley with quiet confidence.

Based on their performances during the season, the two Park Rapids runners were optimistic they could qualify for the state Class A meet. Lutz finished in the top-10 in all six of the Panthers' meets during the season while Deitchler had four top-10 showings.

Both met their expectations of qualifying for state by placing among the top-10 runners on the 4,000-meter Hawley course.

Lutz, an eighth grader, finished fifth overall with a time of 15 minutes, 39 seconds while Deitchler, a freshman, placed ninth overall with a time of 16:04.

Staples-Motley's Naomi Landecker led the field with a winning time of 14:15. Perham's Abby Anderson and Maddie McClellan followed in 15:04 and 15:06 and Emma Pogreba of Staples-Motley was fourth in 15:31. Lutz finished in the No. 5 spot and was followed by Staples-Motley's Natasha Wenzel in 15:43, Pelican Rapids' Kristin Westby in 15:54 and Staples-Motley's Rachel Amiot in 15:59. Deitchler was ninth while Wadena-Deer Creek's Kelsey Browne clocked a 16:14 to claim the final state berth.

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All those runners will compete in the state Class A cross-country meet Saturday afternoon at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

"I thought I had a chance if I worked hard," said Lutz, who qualified for the state Class A track and field meet in the 3,200-meter run last spring. "After I got in the top 10 all the time (during the season), I thought I could make it."

"At the beginning of the year I wasn't sure if I had a chance of going," said Deitchler. "But after achieving what I did in meets, I believed that I was going to state."

During the section meet, Lutz ran in the No. 5 spot most of the race while Deitchler was in the No. 11 spot until late in the race. Lutz held onto her spot while Deitchler passed two girls down the stretch to secure their first state berths.

"I set a goal for the team to make it (to state) and for me to make it as an individual," said Lutz, who was the Panthers' No. 1 runner for the fifth time this season. "I didn't think about it (being the team's top runner). I practiced hard and it kind of happened. I wanted to keep up with Emma (Pogreba). I had a side ache, but I ran through it. I wanted to finish fifth."

"I tried to stay with the Staples girl (Wenzel). I beat her in Park Rapids, but she beat me (Friday)," said Deitchler. "I just set my pace and looked for the girl in front of me and tried to stay with her. I was in 11th place most of the time. I passed one girl and then I passed another girl and I knew I was in ninth place. It was tough with all the hills, but it went really good."

Going into their first state cross-country meet, both Park Rapids girls have attainable goals.

"I'm just going to run and try to catch the person in front of me," said Lutz. "I hope to finish in the top 30."

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"I'd just like to get my best time," said Deitchler. "I'd like to get 16 minutes or below."

Park Rapids girls finish in fifth place

Led by Lutz and Deitchler, the Panthers finished fifth as a team with 165 points.

Perham (with 38 points) and Staples-Motley (with 39 points) earned the two trips to state. Wadena-Deer Creek was third with 85 points and Roseau finished fourth with 155 points. United North Central took 12th out of 15 teams with 230 points.

Kayla Stursa finished 37th in 17:25, Chelsea Johnson was 53rd in 17:52 and Victoria Lutz placed 80th in 19:09 to round out the Panthers' team score.

Leading UNC were Kathryn Houle (19th in 16:47), Jenny Johnson (47th in 17:40), Meg Isaacson (49th in 17:42), Beth Olson (70th in 18:41) and Katie Miller (71st in 18:42).

Boys finish in ninth place

In the boys meet, Park Rapids finished ninth out of 14 teams with 242 points.

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Perham ran away with the section title with 26 points while Staples-Motley was second with 63 points. United North Central took seventh with 216 points.

Leading the Panthers were Isaac Zoller (28th in 18:40), Derek Werner (29th in 18:47), Bryce Klasen (39th in 19:11), Mike McDowell (79th) and Kyle McBrady (80th).

Jonathan Miller led UNC by placing 26th in 18:38 over the 5,000-meter course. Rounding out the Warriors' team score were Don Hanninen (42nd in 19:19), Alex White (46th in 19:24), Derek Pihlaja (49th in 19:34) and Matt Skoog (59th in 19:57).

Kevin Lachowitzer of Perham led the field with a winning time of 16:06. Warroad's Moses Heppner was second in 16:16.

Girls team scores: Perham 38, Staples-Motley 39, Wadena-Deer Creek 85, Roseau 155, Park Rapids 165, East Grand Forks 182, Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal 217, Warroad 218, Lake of the Woods 219, Bagley/Fosston 221, Pillager 227, United North Central 230. Incomplete teams: Pelican Rapids, Lake Park-Audubon, Thief River Falls.

Individual state qualifiers

1, Naomi Landecker, Staples-Motley, 14:15. 2, Abby Anderson, Perham, 15:04. 3, Maddie McClellan, Perham, 15:06. 4, Emma Pogreba, Staples-Motley, 15:31. 5, Lydia Lutz, Park Rapids, 15:39. 6, Natasha Wenzel, Staples-Motley, 15:43. 7, Kristin Westby, Pelican Rapids, 15:54. 8, Rachel Amiot, Staples-Motley, 15:59. 9, Tiffany Deitchler, Park Rapids, 16:04. 10, Kelsey Browne, Wadena-Deer Creek, 16:14.

Park Rapids results

5, Lydia Lutz 15:39. 9, Tiffany Deitchler 16:04. 37, Kayla Stursa 17:25. 53, Chelsea Johnson 17:52. 80, Victoria Lutz 19:09.

United North Central results

19, Kathryn Houle 16:47. 47, Jenny Johnson 17: 40. 49, Meg Isaacson 17:42. 70, Beth Olson 18:41. 71, Katie Miller 18:42. 72, Emily Keranen 18:45. 88, Kellie Isaacson 21:50.

Boys team scores: Perham 26, Staples-Motley 63, Warroad 72, Roseau 153, Bagley/Fosston 160, Wadena-Deer Creek 177, United North Central 216, East Grand Forks 228, Park Rapids 242, Pillager 243, Lake of the Woods 258, Thief River Falls 269. Incomplete teams: Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal, Pelican Rapids.

Individual state qualifiers

1, Kevin Lachowitzer, Perham, 16:06. 2, Moses Heppner, Warroad, 16:16. 3, Eddie Stenger, Perham, 16:19. 4, Jordan Bendson, Staples-Motley, 16:33. 5, Justin Tellinghuisen, Perham, 16:45. 6, Alex Johnston, Warroad, 16:47. 7, Sam Stoll, Perham, 16:54. 8, Cory Asfeld, Wadena-Deer Creek, 17:02. 9, Josiah Furhman, Staples-Motley, 17;04. 10, Cody Marvig, Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal, 17:16.

Park Rapids results

28, Isaac Zoller 18:40. 29, Derek Werner 18:47. 39, Bryce Klasen 19:11. 79, Mike McDowell. 80, Kyle McBrady.

United North Central results

26, Jonathan Miller 18:38. 42, Don Hanninen 19:19. 46, Alex White 19:24. 49, Derek Pihlaja 19:34. 59, Matt Skoog 19:57. 67, Josh Stiles 20:56. 84, Devon Tucker.

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