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Best finish for W-DC girls at Park Region Conference

Wadena-Deer Creek's Abby Motschenbacher and United North Central's Annika Aho run side-by-side at the front of the pack during the Park Region Conference Championships at the Whitetail Run Golf Course in Wadena. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal1 / 2
Wadena-Deer Creek's Sophie Kreklau and Eve Collins run alongside each other during one of the straight stretches at the Park Region Conference Championships. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal2 / 2

The Wadena-Deer Creek girls cross country running team continues to take giant leaps during the 2018 season. The Wolverines posted their best career finish as a team at the annual Park Region Conference at the Whitetail Run Golf Course on Oct. 16.

The Wolverines finished with 41 points for second place, just six points behind United North Central. Ottertail Central came in third place, while Pillager was fourth and in fifth was Brandon/Evansville.

The Wolverines had four runners earn all-conference honors and all seven varsity runners set new personal records at the Whitetail Run Golf Course.

Johanna Brunsberg

“The teams came up a little short, but the take-away consolation is recognizing how many Wolverine CC individuals had an outstanding race day today!,” Wadena-DC head coach Michael Brunsberg said. “We ran together as a team and performed well. Hats off to our competition.”

United North Central’s Annika Aho came in first place with a time of 20 minutes and 21.5 seconds.

Wadena-Deer Creek’s Abby Motschenbacher finished in second place with a time of 20:51.7. She was one of four Wolverines inside the top 10, who captured Park Region All-Conference honors.

Samantha Malone

United North Central’s Kaarin Lehto came in third place, followed by a pair of teammates in Gabby Hrdlicka and Alessandra Matson. Lehto crossed the line at 21:48.5, while Hrdlicka had a time of 22:15.7 and Matson finished at 22:16.3.

Johanna Brunsberg followed in sixth place. She used a strong kick at the finish to cross the line with a time of 22:17.8. She was followed closely by a pair of Wadena-DC teammates when Ally Pavek finished in eighth place and Samantha Malone came in ninth place. Brunsberg, Pavek and Malone earned Park Region All-Conference honors. Pavek closed at 22:25.0, while Malone crossed at 22:37.4.

Ally Pavek sprints with OTC's Katie George.

Sophie Kreklau finished in 17th place at 23:19.9, while Emma Ries finished at 24:02.8. Eve Collins rounded out the top seven for the Wolverines. She finished in 21st place at 24:08.7. Hailey Peterson rounded out the varsity field with a 35th place finish at 26:08.3.

The race marks the final regular season contest for the Wolverines. Now, their focus turns to the Section 8A Championships in Bagley on Oct. 26.

Park Region Conference

Team Results

United North Central 35, Wadena-Deer Creek 41, Ottertail Central 64, Pillager 90, Brandon/Evansville 152

Individual Top 10 Results

1 Annika Aho, UNC, 20:21.5; 2 Abby Motschenbacher, WDC, 20:51.7; 3 Kaarin Lehto, UNC, 21:48.5; 4 Gabby Hrdlicka, UNC, 22:15.7; 5 Alessandra Matson, UNC, 22:16.3; 6 Johanna Brunsberg, WDC, 22:17.8; 7 Ally Pavek, WDC, 22:25.0; 8 Katie George, OTC, 22:25.5; 9 Sam Malone, WDC, 22:37.4; 10 Laney Frost, OTC, 22:39.3.

Wadena-DC Individual Results

2 Abby Motschenbacher, 20:51.7; 6 Johanna Brunsberg, 22:17.8; 7 Ally Pavek, 22:25.0; 9 Sam Malone, 22:37.4; 17 Sophie Kreklau, 23:19.9; 20 Emma Ries, 24:02.8; 21 Eve Collins, 24:08.7; 35 Hailey Peterson, 26:08.3.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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