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Panthers run to another title

The Park Rapids girls cross-country team continued its impressive season by leading the field at Monday's Thief River Falls Invitational. Victoria Lutz, Lydia Lutz and Tiffany Deitchler finished in the 1-2-3 spots as the Panthers compiled 30 poin...

The Park Rapids girls cross-country team continued its impressive season by leading the field at Monday's Thief River Falls Invitational.

Victoria Lutz, Lydia Lutz and Tiffany Deitchler finished in the 1-2-3 spots as the Panthers compiled 30 points to top this six-team meet. Bemidji was second with 43 points. This was the Panthers' third first-place finish in four meets.

In the boys race, Park Rapids finished fourth with 176 points. Bemidji took first with 27 points.

Victoria Lutz covered the 4,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 1 second. Lydia Lutz (16:02) and Deitchler (16:23) followed while Kayla Stursa was eighth in 17:08 and Chelsea Johnson finished 16th in 17:46 to round out the team score.

The boys race was shortened from 5,000 to about 4,500 meters and no times were reported. Isaac Zoller (19th), Derek Wer-ner (20th), Bryce Klasen (28th), Jason Dennis (54th) and Mike McDowell (55th) led the Panthers.

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In this week's state Class A girls poll, the Panthers were rated No. 8 behind Perham (No. 2) and Staples-Motley (No. 5). Those three teams are expected to battle for the Section 8A title and the two state berths.

"Any time you can finish a race with your girls placing first, second and third you have to be happy. We definitely have some work to do before sections. As of now we are ranked third in the section and only two teams advance to state. But hopefully if we get all six girls to run to their potential, we could have a very exciting end to the season," said Park Rapids head coach Matt Clark. "The boys seem to be having fun and are working to improve. We are now filling a full team and we are beating some teams. They are a good group of boys and they run pressure free."

The Panthers will close out the regular season by running in the Mid-State Conference meet at Crosby on Thursday and by hosting the annual Park Rapids Invitational on Oct. 15. The Section 8A meet will be held Oct. 26 at Hawley.

Girls team scores: Park Rapids 30, Bemidji 43, Warroad 88, International Falls 91, Lake of the Woods 125, Thief River Falls 170.

Individual results

1, Victoria Lutz, PR, 16:01. 2, Lydia Lutz, PR, 16:02. 3, Tiffany Deitchler, PR, 16:23. 4, Ashley Erickson, B, 16:29. 5, Kim Truedson B, 16:38.

Park Rapids results

1, Victoria Lutz 16:01. 2, Lydia Lutz 16:02. 3, Tiffany Deitchler 16:23. 8, Kayla Stursa 17:08. 16, Chelsea Johnson 17:46.

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Boys team scores: Bemidji 27, Warroad 41, International Falls 96, Park Rapids 176, Thief River Falls 190, Lake of the Woods 274.

Individual results

1, Moses Heppner, Warroad. 2, Andy Papke-Larson, Bemidji. 3, Erik Truedson, Bemidji. 4, Alex Johnston, Warroad. 5, Erick Mohnbacher, Warroad.

Park Rapids results

19, Isaac Zoller. 20, Derek Werner. 28, Bryce Klasen. 54, Jason Dennis. 55, Mike McDowell. 58, Kyle McBrady.

Girls finish second at FF

Park Rapids had another strong showing against a field of Class AA teams at the 14-team Fergus Falls Invitational last Thursday.

Lydia Lutz (fifth in 16:19), Victoria Lutz (seventh in 16:26), Deitchler (12th in 16:54), Stursa (28th in 17:38) and Johnson (45th in 18:27) led the Panthers to runner-up honors in the girls meet. Alexandria took first with 76 points while Park Rapids (which ran without Sophie Shogren) followed with 97 points. United North Central, led by Kathryn Houle (31st in 17:43) took 11th with 263 points.

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In the boys meet, Zoller (38th in 19:06), Werner (43rd in 19:17), Klasen (67th in 20:02), Dennis (88th in 23:06) and Kyle McBrady (90th in 23:44) led the Panthers to 12th place with 326 points. Bemidji was first with 23 points while UNC finished 13th with 332 points. Alex White (53rd in 19:35) and Don Hanninen (56th in 19:39) led the Warriors.

This was the first time since 2003 that Park Rapids had a complete boys and girls team in the same meet.

"Fergus Falls was a big meet with a bunch of teams and a lot of hills on the course. Our teams went out and ran hard," said Clark. "Even with Sophie out the girls placed second. That tells me the girls are improving and we have six quality runners on our team."

Girls team scores: Alexandria 76, Park Rapids 97, Fergus Falls 110, Fargo Shanley 122, Bemidji 138, Detroit Lakes 140, Little Falls 147, Wahpeton 201, Breckenridge 223, Pelican Rapids 254, United North Central 263, West Central 276, St. Cloud Tech 287, Ottertail Central incomplete.

Individual results

1, Jamie Piepenburg, A, 15:35. 2, Haylie Zenner, FF, 15:49. 3, Kasey Lasch, W, 16:13. 4, Manon Gammon-Deering, LF, 16:15. 5, Lydia Lutz, PR, 16:19. 6, Chantel Paquette, DL, 16:21. 7, Victoria Lutz, PR, 16:26. 8, Tess Boucher, A, 16:27. 9, Kristin Westby, Pelican, 16:28. 10, Kim Truedson, B, 16:52.

Park Rapids results

5, Lydia Lutz 16:19. 7, Victoria Lutz 16:26. 12, Tiffany Deitchler 16:54. 28, Kayla Stursa 17:38. 45, Chelsea Johnson 18:27.

United North Central results

31, Kathryn Houle 17:43. 48, Meg Isaacson 18:31. 56, Jenny Johnson 18:52. 61, Katie Miller 19:08. 67, Allison Meyer 19:31. 68, Beth Olson 19:36. 79, Megan Olson 22:15. 82, Kellie Isaacson 23:00.

Boys team scores: Bemidji 23, Alexandria 32, Detroit Lakes 119, Fargo Shanley 126, Fergus Falls 170, Little Falls 186, Perham 195, St. Cloud Tech 227, Wahpeton 260, West Central 275, Ottertail Central 321, Park Rapids 326, United North Central 332, Breckenridge 360, Pelican Rapids 380, Richland incomplete.

Individual results

1, Drew Paradis, A, 16:22. 2, Andrew Papke-Larson, B, 17:06. 3, Zac Oelrich, B, 17:11. 4, Jared Davis, B, 17:22. 5, Eric Truedson, B, 17:23. 6, Garrett Haggerty, A, 17:39. 7, Joshua Hobbs, A, 17:44. 8, Austin McCoy, A, 17:49. 9, Sorby, A, 17:53. 10, Rob Jenson, B, 17:59.

Park Rapids results

38, Isaac Zoller 19:06. 43, Derek Werner 19:17. 67, Bryce Klasen 20:02. 88, Jason Dennis 23:06. 90, Kyle McBrady 23:44.

United North Central results

53, Alex White 19:35. 56, Don Hanninen 19:39. 69, Derek Pihlaja 20:07. 73, Matt Skoog 20:23. 81, Rodrick Freeman 21:13.

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