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VanKempen, WCA boys claim wins at meets

Published 9:31am Friday, September 20, 2013

West Central Area’s Abby VanKempen breezed past the competition Thursday winning the Frazee Invite with a time of 15:32.

VanKempen crossed the finish line 39 seconds faster than runner-up Emma Schmitz of Wadena-Deer Creek

Earlier in the week, the West Central Area cross country teams competed in Morris on Tuesday. The meet was a rescheduled event from the heat wave in late August, and the cool weather served WCA’s boys team well as they finished in the top position.

All seven of the Knight runners ended in the top 12 and finished with 23 team points, well ahead of the second place New London-Spicer team with 83 points.

Alex Toms led the whole race and finished with a time of 17:19. Christian Swenson came in fourth, while Ethan Olson and Ryley Nelson finished in fifth and sixth, respectively. Devin Nelson finished seventh, Bryce Paulson finished 10th and Tyler Schill rounded out the teams finish in 12th.

In the girls race, the Knights saw more success. The tame finished in second place, just two points behind Benson.

VanKempen led much of the race but was passed in the final mile, finishing second. Kylee Fernholz finished fourth and seventh-grader Ella VanKempen came in eighth. Demara Bumgardener just missed finishing in the top 10 for her first race of the season, coming in 11th place. Ashton Blair finished 21st and Isabell Jennen rounded out the scoring in 38th.

The Knights will run again in Fergus Falls on the 26th. The meet begins at 4 p.m.

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