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Cross country: WCA teams second at conference meet

Jack Van Kempen

The West Central Area cross country teams each took second place behind Perham in the Heart of Lakes Conference Meet in Pelican Rapids on Tuesday.

The boys team finished with 41 points, eight points from catching Perham’s 33, while the girls finished with 59, compared to 23 for the Yellowjackets.

Jacob Bright paced the Knights on the boys’ side, finishing second individually in 16:38.3 and less than two seconds behind Perham’s Brandon O’Hara (16:36.5). Jack Van Kempen and Kade Runge picked up sixth- and seventh-place finishes for WCA, respectively, clocking in at 17:06.8 and 17:11.8.

Kyle Schill also recorded a top-10 time with his 17:34.4 finish for 10th, and Alex Salwasser rounded out the team’s score with an 18:11.4 mark, good for 16th overall.

Benett Grove (30th, 19:24.5) and Reuben Swanson (19:50.0, 35th) closed the books on the team finishers for West Central Area.

For the girls, Lexi Bright came in third place overall with her time of 20:18.2, behind only Perham’s Liz Birkeland (20:01.2) and Pelican Rapids’ Abby Syverson (20:12.4). Teagan Nelson finished ninth for the Knights at 20:41.0, while Bryn Fernholz (21:01.2) and Abby Van Kempen (21:02.4) were respectively 14th and 15th.

Terina Blascyk timed out at 22:17.7 for 23rd individually to round out WCA’s team score, while Taylor Bennett (23:02.8, 29th) and Kennedy Porter (23:03.8, 30th) finished off the West Central Area results.

The Knights will return to action for a meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Headwaters Country Club in Park Rapids.

TEAM RESULTS

BOYS: 1-Perham 33; 2-West Central Area 41; 3-Breckenridge 89; 4-Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 110; 5-Frazee 125; 6-Thief River Falls 159; 7-Lake Park-Audubon 182; 8-Hawley 222; 9-Pelican Rapids 239.

GIRLS: 1-Perham 23; 2-West Central Area 59; 3-Pelican Rapids 92; 4-Lake Park-Audubon 119; 5-Hawley 123; 6-Thief River Falls 145; 7-Breckenridge 158.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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