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OTC Cross Country Runners Compete at Inaugural Border Battle

By Craig Olson, 09/25/22, 10:45PM CDT


Due to the Milaca Mega Meet being canceled, which was the self-proclaimed “Largest Cross Country Meet in the World” for 50 years, the OTC cross country teams headed North to Grand Forks for the inaugural Border Battle. This meet featured multiple divisions based on school size from Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Canada. 

Highlights for the Bulldogs included a sixth place finish out of 25 varsity teams for the boys, 17 athletes recording personal best times, Peter Newark was the first Minnesota 5k finisher and is now 4th all-time in OTC history with his time of 17 minutes, Josiah Mansker taking 7th in the boys’ seventh grade race and Delia Tebrugge finishing seventh in the girls’ eighth grade race.

 “The Border Battle was a great atmosphere for our runners,” reported OTC Head Coach Brady Speicher.  “I have to tip my hat to the race organizers for putting on this incredible event.  The Bulldogs ran tough today.  Our goal was to embrace the pain that cross country racing brings.  Over the last 3 weeks of racing we have set 57 new PR’s.  Those types of results don’t come by accident.  This team is working hard and they deserve all the recognition they can get.”

The next race for the Bulldogs is in Pelican Rapids on Thursday.

5K Boys
Joseph Froslee 18:28.8
Dylan Geihsler 24:03.0
Jonas Hagemeister 18:47.4
Aidan Heggem 18:40.0
Emil Herrling 21:28.1
Mason Hoyt 23:00.0
Jack Jossart 21:16.7
Cayden Mansker 23:31.4
Peter Newark 17:00.5
Quinn Condiff 20:25.4
Talyn Setterholm 18:47.6
August Wicklund 20:57.7

5k Girls
Emily Christensen 24:02.2
Laney Frost 23:09.0
Mae Hagemeister 25:46.9
Erika Heibel 22:47.1


3K Boys
MaCade Barbe 15:12.0
Oren Brackin 14:49.0
Matt Brandborg 14:02.0
Elias Chase 15:57.3
Jorden Hallberg 15:50.2
Chase Hoff 14:45.8
Logan Jenson 13:21.5
Josiah Mansker 11:41.1
Jack Robinson 14:10.0
Ethan Sanju 15:43.2
Fred Scott 15:14.4

3K Girls
Tegan Brandon 14:49.9
Claire Kraemer 16:42.2
Delia Tebrugge 13:21.9