Led by five top-15 finishes, the Park Rapids boys cross-country team captured the title at the Pelican Rapids Glenn Moerke Invitational at Birchwood Golf Course on Sept. 26.
The Panthers tied Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton with 48 points in this nine-team meet, but won a tiebreaker to win their first meet of the season.
Darryl Etter led Park Rapids by covering the 5K course in 18:24 for fourth place overall while Skylar Hagen (ninth in 18:56), Sam Warne (10th in 19:01), Kolby Brandt (11th in 19:12) and Kaleb Stearns (14th in 19:25) followed. D-G-F also had five runners in the top-15 spots, but Park Rapids won the tiebreaker when Owen Wagner (25th in 20:17) and Marcus Benson (26th in 20:22) finished ahead of the Rebels’ No. 6 runner.
David Johnston of Pelican Rapids led the 56-runner field with a winning time of 17:40.
Julia Harmon clocked a 5K time of 22:41 to finish 12th overall as the only Park Rapids runner in the girls race. Lily Peterson led the 32-runner field in 20:27 in leading Hawley to the team title with 31 points.
Boys team scores: Park Rapids 48, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 48, Ottertail Central 73, Hawley 108, Lake Park-Audubon 111, Pelican Rapids 127, Bertha-Hewitt 197, New York Mills 239, New Richland incomplete.
1, David Johnston, Pelican, 17:40. 2, Cade Dawson, DGF, 18:00. 3, Cody Dolezal, OTC, 18:17. 4, Darryl Etter, PR, 18:24. 5, Isaac Scherfenberg, OTC, 18:30. 9, Skylar Hagen, PR, 18:56. 10, Sam Warne, PR, 19:01. 11, Kolby Brandt, PR, 19:12. 14, Kaleb Stearns, PR, 19:25. 25, Owen Wagner, PR, 20:17. 26, Marcus Benson, PR, 20:22. JV: Blaine Hensel, PR, 20:40; Ronaldo DeLaCruz-Gomez, PR, 20:41; Hunter Brandt, PR, 21:08; Pierce DeBlieck, PR, 22:59; Caleb Arola, PR, 24:56.
Girls team scores: Hawley 31, Pelican Rapids 43, Lake Park-Audubon 57, Ottertail Central 85. Incomplete teams: Park Rapids, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, New Richland, New York Mills.
1, Lily Peterson, Hawley, 20:27. 2, Abby Syverson, Pelican, 21:10. 3, Taytum Nelson, LPA, 21:18. 4, Lily Olson, Hawley, 21:19. 5, Ivy Tickel, Hawley, 21:28. 21, Julia Harmon, PR, 22:41.
Boys junior high race (3,200 meters): 3, Thomas Lopez, PR, 13:18. 5, Blake Morris, PR, 13:20. 21, Tyler Officer, PR, 15:55. 22, Brock Leiran, PR, 15:59. 30, James Albrecht, PR, 23:13.
Andreas Aho and Anjalie Aho won individual titles as United North Central swept the team titles at the New York Mills Invitational cross-country meet at Balhepburn Golf Course on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
In the boys race, Andreas Aho completed the 5K course in 18:17 in leading the Warriors to the team title with 47 points. Following Aho for UNC were Christian Johnson (fifth in 19:16), Sam Jackola (11th in 20:56), Charlie Hodge (14th in 21:13) and Dawson Bullock (18th in 21:19). Pine River-Backus was second in this five-team meet with 49 points.
Anjalie Aho led the girls field with a winning 5K time of 21:00 and Kaarin Lehto followed in 21:37 as UNC compiled 21 points to top the field. Pillager was second with 35 points. Completing UNC’s team score were Devon Haverinen (fourth in 22:40), Gabby Hrdlicka (fifth in 22:50) and Hope Shepersky (12th in 24:11).