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Area Cross-Country: Cardinals sweep section titles, WDC girls advance

Four area teams battled it out in the Section 6-1A Championship Friday, Oct. 28.

Cross-country runner at the finish line.
Staples-Motley's Audrey Brownell crosses the finish line during the Section 6-1A meet Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at The Vintage Golf Course in Staples.
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STAPLES — Even without its top runner the Staples-Motley Cardinals captured the Section 6-1A girls’ team title Friday, Oct. 28.

That’s because Audrey Brownell won the individual title in 19:57.4 in the absence of front-runner Kyanna Burton. Brownell was followed by Aften Robinson in third, Ashley Robben in 10th and Bella Hines in 11th. Sophie Schlosser placed 26th for the Cardinals’ 46 team score, which topped second-place Wadena-Deer Creek’s 83 points.

“We knew we had enough talent, but you lose someone like (Kyanna) two days ago and you kind of wonder, but you look on paper and look at what this team looks like, we look a lot like we did last year,” S-M head coach Bruce Fuhrman said. “With Kyanna in there I don’t think anybody could have touched us, but now we’re going to have to try a lot harder to win the thing so we’ll see what happens.”

Both the Cardinals and Wolverines will advance to state.

“I knew our girls were ready,” Fuhrman said. “They knew they could win this thing and they did against some good competition. I was not surprised, but there were a lot of fast girls.

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“Audrey was very focused and determined already yesterday and I could tell she was a little apprehensive about how to start out and she was running against girls that were challenging her for about three-quarters of a mile. Then there was about two and Audrey just turned it up. I was really impressed with her race. Just the confidence for a freshman and she’s been running so much better this year anyways.”

W-DC was led by Britta Sweeney’s fifth-place time of 20:04.7. She was followed by Amber Collins in 12th, Brielle Kern in 19th and Lydia Oldakowski in 20th place.

Verndale’s Mia Arroyo placed 21st and was the 13th runner not on S-M or WDC’s team. The top seven runners not on the top two teams advance to state as individuals.

Two runners head towards the finish line past a crowd of people.
Luke Brownell, front, and Issiah Tabatt cross the finish line in fourth place and 5th place respectively during the 6-1A meet Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at The Vintage Golf Course in Staples.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

The Cardinals boys’ team also claimed the section title as Luke Brownell placed fourth in 16:42.0 followed by Issiah Tabatt in fifth, Logan Robbin in 13th, Grant Johnson in 15th and Dillan Robben in 19th.

“That one we weren’t surprised, but we knew Bertha had a really good up-and-coming team,” Fuhrman said. “We have watched them all year and we ran against them a couple of times and I tell you those Bertha boys were ready. We were a little surprised where a couple of them showed up, but I was confident that we had a little bit more depth than they did and that showed in our scoring.

“Our No. 5 runner hasn’t run like that all season so it looks like we’re ready at the right time. He’s had two meets in a row where he’s been there for us.”

W-DC’s Bjorn Brunsberg will also advance to state as he placed sixth in 17:03.3 to lead the Wolverines to fourth place. Teammate Lane Hoefs just missed state by two places as he finished in 13th overall and eighth among runners not on S-M or second-place Bertha-Hewitt.

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Boys results

Team scores: 1-Staples-Motley 56, 2-Bertha-Hewitt 62, 3-Sauk Centre 100, 4-Wadena-Deer Creek 134, 5-Ottertail Central 139, 6-Minnewaska 161, 7-Osakis 178, 8-West Central 196, 9-Morris/Chokio-Alberta 255, 10-Benson 302, 11-Breckenridge/Wahpeton 303, 12-Ortonville 307, 13-Border West 348, 14-Parkers Prairie 358, 15-Ada-Borup 372, 16-Pillager 419, 17-Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 428

Individual winner: Brandon Kampsen (Sauk Centre) 16:04.5

Pillager results: 51-Bradon Hoffer 19:33.8, 85-Brenden Brichacek 21:12.3, 95-Chris Bock 21:32.5, 102-Jayde Jordahl 21:59.3, 111-Layne Adams 23:14.4, 117-Nicholas Berg 25:12.6

Staples-Motley results: 4-Luke Brownell 16:52.0, 5-Issiah Tabatt 16:54.2, 13-Logan Robben 17:34.8, 15-Grant Johnson 17:53.9, 19-Dillan Robben 18:09.4, 41-Gage Bjerga 19:05.2, Odin Trif 20:12.2

Verndale results: 72-Michael Uselman 20:03.3, 104-Jacob Sharma 22:04.8

Wadena-Deer Creek results: 6-Bjorn Brunsberg 17:03.3, 12-Lane Hoefs 17:24.8, 31-Philip Ross 18:36.8, 39-Cooper Damlo 18:59.8, 46-Grant Nelson 19;13.3, 63-Trevin Kern 19:52.8, 77-isaac Heppner 20:14.9

Girls results

Team scores: 1-Staples-Motley 46, 2-Wadena-Deer Creek 83, 3-Minnewaska 91, 4-Breckenridge/Wahpeton 122, 5-Ottertail Central 143, 6-Morris/Chokio-Alberta 189, 7-West Central 215, 8-Pillager 224, 9-Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 258, 10-Bertha-Hewitt 266, 11-Sauk Centre 285, 12-Osakis 287, 13-Ada-Borup 338, 14-Benson 377, 15-Border West 388, 16-new Testament Christian 455

Individual winner: Audrey Brownell (SM) 18:57.4

Pillager results: 32-Lindy Cordes 22:00.8, 38-Emma Reeder 22:21.6, 50-Zoe Adams 23:18.5, 56-Alainna Dobson 23:32.9, 63-Elsie Turner 24:03.8, 91-Violette Metz 26;23.2, 95-Kylee Wilson 26:55.3

Staples-Motley results: Brownell 18:57.4, 3-Aften Robinson 19:50.6, 10-Ashley Robben 20;33.6, 11-Bella Hines 20:45.4, 26-Sophie Schlosser 21:50.1, 27-Naila Mikhaeil 21:53.4, 33-Suhaila Mikhaeil 22:01.9

Verndale results: 21-Mia Arroyo 21:33.9, 87-Annie Arroyo 26:01.0, 89-Haylee Horn 26:14.0

Wadena-Deer Creek results: 5-Britta Sweeney 20:04.7, 12-Amber Collins 20:46.4, 19-Brielle Kern 21:24.3, 20-Lydia Oldakowski 21:30.5, 35-Cambrie Geiger 22:02.8, 37-Ally Pavek 22:18.2, 46-Karly Haverkamp 22:51.5

Next: Class 1A State Meet at St. Olaf College, Northfield, noon girls, 1 p.m. boys, Saturday, Nov. 5.

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