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Cross country: Minnewaska, WCA, A-B-E and Parkers Prairie run in talented field at Perham

The Minnewaska girls team had the top finish among Douglas County area programs as the Lakers finished eighth in the 21-team varsity field.

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Minnewaska freshman Lauryn Ankeny, left, runs next to Bemidji senior Regan DeWitt at the Perham Invite on Oct. 6, 2022. Ankeny had the top individual finish among runners from Douglas County area programs as she finished ninth in the 153-runner 5K with a time of 19:19.566.
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PERHAM — The Perham Invite on Thursday offered multiple Douglas County area teams the chance to run against a big field of competitors as Minnewaska, West Central Area, Parkers Prairie and Ashby-Brandon-Evansville all competed.

Minnewaska finished eighth with 248 points in a 21-team field during the girls varsity race. Perham won the team title with 60 points, while Lakeville South (77) and St. Cloud Cathedral (103) rounded out the top three.

Senior Jade Rypkema of Nevis won the individual girls title by almost a minute with a 5K time of 17:16.58.

Freshman Lauryn Ankeny led the Lakers with a ninth-place finish in 19:19.57. Senior Kiearra Wilmes finished 49th in 20:38.54, while freshman Piper Citrowske (63rd, 21:10.39) and Elsey Hagen (64th, 21:10.87) finished right next to each other. Freshman Aubrey Stark (74th, 21:31.45), junior Teagan Stark (88th, 22:19.54) and 7th-grader Sydney Ankeny (98th, 22:38.65) finished off Minnewaska’s lineup.

The Minnewaska boys varsity team finished 14th with 354 points. Perham made it a clean sweep in the varsity races by taking the boys’ title as well. The Yellowjackets finished with 57 points, well in front of second-place finisher Lakeville South (86) and third-place finisher Park Rapids (90).

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Sophomore Bjorn Anderson of Perham won the individual title in 15:37.10.

Junior Maeson Tank had the Lakers’ top finish in 23rd place (16:53.75). Senior Nick Ankeny (70th, 18:05.38), sophomores Zach Palmer (84th, 18:48.88) and Ian Mills (87th, 18:53.13) and junior Jayce Kovarik (104th, 19:29.38) finished Minnewaska’s team scoring.

Senior James Ward (117th, 19:53.41) and freshman Carter Dinsmore (127th, 20:35.38) also ran varsity for the Lakers.

WCA with top area finish in boys race

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West Central Area senior Roman Mihailovschi led the Knights in Perham on Oct. 6, 2022 with a 24th-place finish in a time of 16:54.57.
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West Central Area (338 points) had the top finish among local programs in the boys varsity race by finishing just in front of Minnewaska in 13th place in the 21-team field.

Senior Roman Mihailovschi paced the Knights in 24th place overall with a time of 16:54.57.

Seniors Eli Bergman (58th, 17:46.33) and Neko Moran (76th, 18:30.5), freshman Zeke Sieckert (79th, 18:42.10) and sophomore Simon Moritz (115th, 19:51.38) finished WCA’s team scoring. Freshman Aaron Biss (121st, 20:16.13) and 8th-grader Isaac Allen (125th, 20:24.43) rounded out the Knights’ lineup.

The Knights finished 15th (365 points) in the girls varsity race.

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West Central Area 8th-grader Kyra Beyer led the Knights in 51st place at Perham on Oct. 6, 2022 with a 5K time of 20:49.62.
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Eighth-grader Kyra Beyer led WCA with a 51st place finish in 20:49.62, while junior Taylor Bennett (62nd, 21:09.46) was next for the Knights. Eighth-grader Skylar LaRue (84th, 22:10.57), junior Alexa Blume (85th, 22:10.60), sophomores Blaire Rueter (104th, 22:57.57), and Brooklyn Strobel (105th, 22:57.68) and junior Terina Blasyck (113th, 23:12.54) also ran for WCA.

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Froemming, Paulson lead A-B-E

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Ashby-Brandon-Evansville senior Logan Froemming led all A-B-E runners in Perham on Oct. 6, 2022 by taking 73rd among 159 varsity runners in the boys 5K with a time of 18:20.866.
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Senior Logan Froemming led all Ashby-Brandon-Evansville runners by taking 73rd in the boys varsity 5K.

Froemming finished in 18:20.87 as A-B-E finished 19th as a team (533 points).

Freshman Kenneth Spielman (100th, 19:17.36), junior Carter White (122nd, 20:19.60) and sophomores Donell Lee (137th, 21:23.16), Logan Haseman (138th, 21:30.14), Darius Grussing (147th, 22:16.66) and Ben Dusing (148th, 22:25.69) finished off the lineup.

The A-B-E girls had three athletes in the varsity race as junior Ashley Paulson finished 81st in 21:57.79. Junior Naomi Fournier finished 140th (25:34.32) and freshman Mary Fossell (151st, 28:36.66) also ran the 5K.

Panthers 20th in boys race

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Parkers Prairie senior James Suchy, right, runs with Park Rapids' Noah Huot at the Perham Invite on Oct. 6, 2022. Suchy finished 35th overall in 17:14.647, while Huot finished fifth in 16:11.304.
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Parkers Prairie senior James Suchy finished 35th to lead the Panthers in the boys race.

Suchy came across in 17:14.65. Juniors Isaac Grabow (110th, 19:39.32) and Evan Washburn (135th, 20:47.13), senior Ross Kortenbusch (147th, 21:50.91) and freshman Jayme O’Brien (162nd, 26:59.41) finished off the Panthers’ lineup.

Sophomore Sarah Toyli led the Parkers Prairie girls in the varsity race with a 123rd-place finish (23:58.44). Taylor Duberowski, a sophomore, finished 148th (26:45.95).

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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