Cross Country: Park Rapids continues to face tough competition

The Panthers run at Minnewaska Area and Perham to prepare for the Mid-State Conference and Section 8A meets.

Sarah Hartung was Park Rapids' No. 6 runner with a time of 24:21 for 36th place at the Minnewaska Area Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.
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GLENWOOD – Park Rapids continued to face tough competition in preparation for the Mid-State Conference and Section 8A cross country meets.

The Panthers ran against four state-ranked teams at the Minnewaska Area Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Park Rapids took fourth in the girls race and sixth in the boys race at the Minnewaska Golf Club.

In the girls race, Morgan Koppelman finished seventh in 21:08 while Julia Harmon, Madeline Brandt and Natalia Lopez all clocked times of 22:29 to place in the 17-19 spots to lead the Panthers. Aleka London was 23rd in 23:12 to complete the Panthers’ team score of 84 points. Sarah Hartung (36th in 24:21) and Embry Deshayes (42nd in 25:18) also ran for Park Rapids.

Morgan Koppelman led the Park Rapids girls cross country team by placing seventh in 21:08 at the Minnewaska Area Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.
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Long Prairie-Grey Eagle’s Caroline Kuehne topped the 65-runner field with a winning 5K time of 19:30. Kuehne was rated No. 7 in the latest state Class A poll. Minnewaska Area, which was rated No. 14 in the latest Class A poll, led the nine-team field with 62 points. Fergus Falls was second with 69 points and Redwood Valley, which was rated No. 11 in the state Class A poll, took third with 75 points.

In the boys race, Park Rapids moved up five junior varsity runners to compete in this 59-runner meet. Logan Maanum (11th in 17:56) and Thomas Lopez (13th in 18:16) led the Panthers, who compiled 145 points. Making their varsity debuts for Patrick Richard’s team this season were Parker Larson (38th in 20:14), Jayson Ward (39th in 20:23), Jarrett Galzki (47th in 20:58), Damien Dejarlais (51st in 21:08) and Pierce DeBlieck (56th in 22:15).


Jayson Ward was Park Rapids' No. 4 runner by placing 39th in 20:23 at the Minnewaska Area Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.
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Fergus Falls (which was rated No. 11 in the state Class AA poll) and Redwood Valley (which was rated No. 8 in the state Class A poll) both had 45 points to lead the eight-team boys field. Sauk Centre’s Brandon Kampsen took first with a 5K time of 16:12 and Redwood Valley’s Will Ahrens was second in 16:53. Kampsen was rated No. 2 and Ahrens was rated No. 5 in the latest state Class A poll.

Up next for the Panthers are the Mid-State Conference meet on Tuesday (Oct. 18) and the Section 8A meet on Oct. 28.

Girls team scores: Minnewaska Area 62, Fergus Falls 69, Redwood Valley 75, Park Rapids 84, Melrose 89, West Central Area 130, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 174, Sauk Centre 194, Montevideo 285.

Individual results

1, Caroline Kuehne, LP-GE, 19:30. 2, Addie Thomas, Redwood Valley, 20:03. 3, Cassie Wellman, Fergus Falls, 20:14. 4, Lauryn Ankeny, Minnewaska Area, 20:37. 5, Kierra Wilmes, Minnewaska Area, 20:53. 7, Morgan Koppelman, PR, 21:08. 17, Julia Harmon, PR, 22:29. 18, Madeline Brandt, PR, 22:29. 19, Natalia Lopez, PR, 22:29. 23, Aleka London, PR, 23:12. 36, Sarah Hartung, PR, 24:21. 42, Embry Deshayes, PR, 25:18. JV: Amelia Gravdahl, PR, 26:55; Breanna DeBlieck, PR, 28:55; Alessia Harmon, PR, 28:56.

Boys team scores: Fergus Falls 45, Redwood Valley 45, Sauk Centre 69, Minnewaska Area 137, Montevideo 141, Park Rapids 145, Melrose 149, West Central Area 183.

Individual results

1, Brandon Kampsen, Sauk Centre, 16:12. 2, Will Ahrens, Redwood Valley, 16:53. 3, Kilen Cilek, Redwood Valley, 17:05. 4, Henry Greenagle, Fergus Falls, 17:08. 5, Jacob Drevlow, Sauk Centre, 17:26. 11, Logan Maanum, PR, 17:56. 13, Thomas Lopez, PR, 18:16. 38, Parker Larson, PR, 20:14. 39, Jayson Ward, PR, 20:23. 47, Jarrett Galzki, PR, 20:58. 51, Damien Dejarlais, PR, 21:08. 56, Pierce DeBlieck, PR, 22:15. JV: Jack Mitteness, PR, 21:07; Nolan Eckmann, PR, 21:49; Castle London, PR, 21:56; Cameron Runyan, PR, 22:19; Tobias Bervig, PR, 22:21; Sean Ward, PR, 22:26; Matt Dahring, PR, 22:56; Leo Kaufenberg, PR, 24:17; Josh Conway, PR, 24:37; Aidan Yliniemi Hensel, PR, 25:32.

Perham sweeps at home

PERHAM – For the second time this season, Perham topped Park Rapids in a battle between two of the top boys cross country teams among Class A schools.

Perham, which was rated No. 2 behind Heritage Christian Academy in the latest state Class A poll, topped Lakeville South and the No. 3-rated Panthers to capture the title at the 30-team Perham Invitational at Arvig Park on Oct. 6.

Perham had five runners finish in the top 20 spots in scoring 56 points. Lakeville South followed with 88 points while the Panthers compiled 92 points.

Noah Huot (fifth in 16:11), Ephraim Bervig (16th in 16:37), Eli Bervig (21st in 16:48), Blaine Hensel (22nd in 16:49) and Maanum (28th in 17:05) led Park Rapids. Lopez (39th in 17:20) and Asher Bervig (74th in 18:22) also ran for the Panthers. Perham’s Bjorn Anderson covered the 5K course with a winning time of 15:37. Anderson was rated No. 3 and Huot was rated No. 11 in the latest state Class A poll.

Nevis fielded an incomplete team with Evan Pohl (53rd in 17:42), Spencer Lindow (137th in 21:07) and Jeffery Walker (150th in 22:15) competing. United North Central also had an incomplete team with Riley Livingston (98th in 19:13) and Wesley Hodge (153rd in 22:25) running. A total of 163 boys completed the race.

In the girls race, Nevis’ Jade Rypkema led the 5K field with a winning time of 17:16. Rypkema was rated No. 2 among the state’s Class A runners. Perham topped the field with 60 points as Lakeville South finished second with 77 points and St. Cloud Cathedral was third with 103 points. Perham was rated No. 2 behind Staples-Motley and St. Cloud Cathedral was rated No. 4 in the latest state Class A poll while Lakeville South was rated No. 15 in the state Class AAA poll.


Park Rapids finished 12th with 347 points behind Harmon (47th in 20:37), Brandt (66th in 21:21), London (77th in 21:35), Lopez (78th in 21:44) and Hartung (94th in 22:20). Deshayes (100th in 22:48) and Amelia Gravdahl (128th in 24:18) also ran for the Panthers.

Anjalie Aho placed sixth in 18:52 to lead United North Central to 14th place with 365 points. Aho was rated No. 14 in the latest state Class A poll. Rounding out the Warriors’ team score were Elsa Komppa (89th in 22:19), Joanna Lehto (91st in 22:20), Macie Josephson (95th in 22:23) and Miley Westberg (103rd in 22:55). The other UNC runners were Mattea Smith (108th in 23:03) and Erika Keranen (130th in 24:24).

Following Rypkema for Nevis, which placed 16th with 423 points, were Adeline Bjorklund (43rd in 20:26), Grace McNamee (129th in 24:20), Molly Lindow (132nd in 24:31) and Sarah Boettcher (157th in 29:10).

There were 158 finishers in the girls race.

Boys team scores: Perham 56, Lakeville South 88, Park Rapids 92, Bemidji 156, Moorhead 166, Fergus Falls 175, Bertha-Hewitt 212, Lake Park-Audubon 232, Hawley 242, Ottertail Central 283, Little Falls 305, Pelican Rapids 334, West Central Area 348, Minnewaska Area 365, Wadena-Deer Creek 401, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 437, Breckenridge 479, Frazee 526, Ada-Borup/Norman County West 545, Ashby-Brandon-Evansville 557, Parkers Prairie 560, New York Mills 611, Nevis incomplete, United North Central incomplete.

Individual results

1, Bjorn Anderson, Perham, 15:37. 2, Ethan Starfield, Lakeville South, 15:50. 3, Austin Liebl, Moorhead, 16:05. 4, Brady Rach, Bertha-Hewitt, 16:09. 5, Noah Huot, Park Rapids, 16:11. 16, Ephraim Bervig, Park Rapids, 16:37. 21, Eli Bervig, Park Rapids, 16:48. 22, Blaine Hensel, Park Rapids, 16:49. 28, Logan Maanum, Park Rapids, 17:05. 39, Thomas Lopez, Park Rapids, 17:20. 53, Evan Pohl, Nevis, 17:42. 74, Asher Bervig, Park Rapids, 18:22. 98, Riley Livingston, United North Central, 19:13. 137, Spencer Lindow, Nevis, 21:07. 150, Jeffery Walker, Nevis, 22:15. 153, Wesley Hodge, United North Central, 22:25. Park Rapids JV results: Damian Dejarlais 18:55, Parker Larson 19:01, Jarrett Galzki 19:34, Pierce DeBlieck 19:46, Jayson Ward 19:46, Jack Mitteness 19:53, Nolan Eckmann 20:00, London Castle 20:20, Tobias Bervig 20:21, Cameron Runyan 20:53, Matthew Dahring 21:16, Sean Ward 21:30, Aidan Yliniemi Hensel 21:44, Josh Conway 22:32, Leo Kaufenberg 23:28, Kamron Hagen 24:40.

Girls team scores: Perham 60, Lakeville South 77, St. Cloud Cathedral 103, Moorhead 128, Little Falls 160, Bemidji 200, Wadena-Deer Creek 229, Minnewaska Area 250, Fergus Falls 262, Ottertail Central 318, Breckenridge 332, Park Rapids 347, Hawley 350, United North Central 365, West Central Area 368, Nevis 423, New York Mills 454, Bertha-Hewitt 489, Ada-Borup/Norman County West 561, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 562, Frazee 587.

Individual results

1, Jade Rypkema, Nevis, 17:16. 2, Claire Vukovics, Lakeville South, 18:13. 3, Mia Hoffman, Bemidji, 18:30. 4, Ella Voit, St. Cloud Cathedral, 18:34. 5, Gracie Morris, Perham, 18:45. 6, Anjalie Aho, United North Central, 18:52. 43, Adeline Bjorklund, Nevis, 20:26. 47, Julia Harmon, Park Rapids, 20:37. 66, Madeline Brandt, Park Rapids, 21:21. 77, Aleka London, Park Rapids, 21:35. 78, Natalia Lopez, Park Rapids, 21:44. 89, Elsa Komppa, United North Central, 22:19. 91, Joanna Lehto, United North Central, 22:20. 94, Sarah Hartung, Park Rapids, 22:20. 95, Macie Josephson, United North Central, 22:23. 100, Embry Deshayes, Park Rapids, 22:48. 103, Miley Westberg, United North Central, 22:55. 108, Mattea Smith, United North Central, 23:03. 128, Amelia Gravdahl, Park Rapids, 24:18. 129, Grace McNamee, Nevis, 24:20. 130, Erika Keranen, United North Central, 24:24. 132, Molly Lindow, Nevis, 24:31. 152, Sarah Boettcher, Nevis, 29:10. JV: Alessia Harmon, Park Rapids, 24:20; Breanna DeBlieck, Park Rapids, 24:23; Anaya Aho, United North Central, 24:26; Kaylee Westberg, United North Central, 24:41.

Annika Aho, Nathaniel Bervig and Kolby Brandt compete at collegiate level.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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