Ottertail Central participated in a Cross Country Meet at Sonnenberg Farms in New York Mills on Thursday with Wadena-Deer Creek winning both the boys’ and girls’ varsity races. The Bulldogs were second in the boys’ race, followed by Ada-Borup-West and New York Mills. OTC had an incomplete team on the girls’ side. The New York Mills girls’ were second and Ada-Borup-West finished third.
“Today was a smaller meet and gave our kids the opportunity to run at the front of the race,” reported Head Coach Brady Speicher of the Bulldogs. “On the girls’ side we had the individual champ in both the junior high and varsity races. Norah Froslee (21:50.46) beat some of the best runners in our conference and is really setting herself up for a nice season. Delia Tebrugge has had two great races so far this season and won her race today by over a minute.”
Following Froslee in the girls’ varsity race were Wadena-Deer Creek runners Amber Collins (22:08.00) and Britta Sweeney (22:16.59). Jada Goeson (22:17.31) of New York Mills was fourth. Then came four Wadena-Deer Creek runners, Karley Haverkamp (22:30.93), Ally Pavek (23:29.28), Lydia Oldakowski (24:17.40) and Brielle Kern (24:50.75). Erika Heibel (24:57.15) of OTC was ninth and Katherin Garcia (25:40.90) of New York Mills rounded out the top ten.
The boys’ varsity winner was Lane Hoefs (18:09.18.1) of the Wolverines and the Bulldogs Peter Newark (18:18.78) was runner-up. Third place went to Phillip Ross (19:42.56) of WDC and Talyn Setterholm (20:13.66) of Ottertail Central came in fourth. Grant Nelson (20:40.53) of Wadena-Deer Creek was fifth, followed by Tucker Hanson (21:29.00) and Cayle Jacobson (21:39.41) of Ada-Borup-West. August Wicklund (21:42.55) of OTC was eighth, Nolan Jacobson (21:44.00) of Ada-Borup-West came in ninth and Elijah Geiser (22:13.59) of New York Mills was tenth.
“The boys’ were missing one of our top runners today and also unfortunately had one runner take a wrong turn that ended up making him unable to finish,” said Speicher. “Despite that, we ran tough against a good Wadena-Deer Creek team with our two ninth-graders Peter Newark and Talyn Setterholm leading the way. The future looks bright as we also had five junior high boys finish in the top ten of the race.”