Danielson wins Hermes InvitePublished 9:41am Friday, September 27, 2013
In what was a near perfect afternoon for running in Fergus Falls, the Otters cross country teams hosted the John Hermes Invite at the Pebble Lake Golf Course.
Fergus’ Connor Danielson took first in the boys race with a time of 16:46, with Jacob Jennen finishing behind him in 16th place (18:05.3). Austin Gendron raced in the third position (20:54.5) for the team and had a great night on the course, according to Otter coach Niki Welde.
Otter Tail Central’s Luke (17:32.2) and Ben Himmelspach (17:32.8) took eighth and ninth place. The team finished in fifth out of 12 teams.
The Pelican Rapids Vikings saw Mahad Aden lead the way for the team, finishing in 21st place with a time of 18:26.6. Gavin Hart took 30th (18:57.3)
In the girls meet, Fergus Falls finished eighth in the meet with Kayla Jarandson (33rd, 17:40) and McKenna Hatlewick (36th, 18:03.6). The race was won by Megan Haz (14:23.9) of Alexandria, while twin sister, Bethany, took second (14:24.4).
The West Central Area Knights cross country team finished fourth in the girls meet. Abby Van Kempen finished in ninth place, leading the team. Kylee Fernholz finished in 19th. Eight-grader Demara Bumgardner and seventh-grader Ella Van Kempen finished in 23rd and 27th, respectively. Hannah Frisch (49th), Ashton Blair (51st) and Steph Toms (61st) rounded out the team finishes for the Knights.
“We’ve been fortunate to have Van Kempen and Fernholz consistently near the top, but Bumgardner and Ella Van Kempen showed us what they are made of today,” said Knights head coach John Van Kempen. “They both ran a gutty performance.”
The Otter Tail Central girls saw Emily Erlandson led the team with a time of 18:48.3 for 53rd place, while teammate Paige Weber finished in 65th (19:34.7).
The Vikings’ Tianna Wald took sixth at the meet with the time of 16:16.6.