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CROSS COUNTRY: Bemidji tallies a trio of top-5 marks at Dragon Twilight

The Bemidji High School cross country teams rushed to the finish line on Friday night in Moorhead, as each program had at least one top-five individual finish at the Dragon Twilight Invitational.

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MOORHEAD -- The Bemidji High School cross country teams rushed to the finish line on Friday night in Moorhead, as each program had at least one top-five individual finish at the Dragon Twilight Invitational.

Overall, the Lumberjack boys played second among 20 teams, while the BHS girls placed fifth of 15 teams.

Bemidji’s Carson Maish had the best finish of the day, placing second in the boys race with a time of 16:21.54. He wasn’t alone near the top, as fellow Lumberjacks Will Termont (16:30.26) and Brett Kurschner (16:36.62) also placed fifth and 11th, respectively.

Elsewhere for the BHS boys, Ashton Niemi took 23rd with a time of 17:05.93, while Sidney Kingbird-Haugen was 64th in 18:25.36 to round out the team score.

Isaac Schouten (74th, 18:43.90) and Sam Gifford (87th, 19:03.96) also raced for Bemidji, as nearly the whole team finished in the top half of the 170-man field.

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For the Jacks girls, Mia Hoffmann came in fourth overall with her time of 19:10.13. Regan DeWitt added a top-20 time by coming in 18th at 20:12.71, while Addison Maish (21:34.82) and Aubrey DeWitt (21:40.03) finished back-to-back for 53rd and 54th place.

Rounding out the team’s performers were Elsye Bittner (57th, 21:52.92) and Josey LaValley (68th, 22:18.10) among the meet’s 126 runners.

Perham swept both the boys and girls team competitions, as each squad finished with 61 points. The BHS boys finished with 98 points, while the BHS girls’ 148 points also trailed Staples-Motley (68), Moorhead (87) and Valley City (124).

Bjorn Anderson of Perham won the boys race with a time of 16:04.69, and Jade Rypkema of Nevis claimed the girls title in 17:31.50.

The Lumberjacks will next be home, hosting an invite at Greenwood Golf Course at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

Boys Team Results (Top 10)

1-Perham 61; 2-Bemidji 98; 3-Park Rapids 115; 4-Moorhead 156; 5-Kindred 160; 6-Hillsboro/Central Valley 163; 7-Staples-Motley 174; 8-Lake Park-Audubon 200; 9-Hawley 217; 10-Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 315.

Girls Team Results (Top 10)

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1-Perham 61; 2-Staples-Motley 68; 3-Moorhead 87; 4-Valley City 124; 5-Bemidji 148; 6-Pierz 175; 7-Hawley 202; 8-Kindred 222; 9-Hatton-Northwood 261; 10-Hillsboro/Central Valley 281.

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