MINNEAPOLIS -- Wadena-Deer Creek's Adam Asfeld was runner-up and the Wolverines' boys' team finished in 23rd place Saturday at the University of Minnesota Invitational.
The Brainerd Wariors boys team finished in 28th place and the W-DC girls' earned the 20 th spot.
More than 326 runners took part in the boys' meet. Duluth East's Grant Johnson turned in the best time of the day, 16:11, to win the boy's event.
Brainerd boys' coach Dave Herath was pleased with his runners' performance.
"We were slightly short-handed, missing two of our top runners, but of the guys that ran we had two personal bests and all six scores were under 19 minutes," said Herath. "We also learned that we can go out a little faster."
Wadena-Deer Creek coach Terry Olson was also pleased with his runners performance.
"Both our boys and girls did an outstanding job," said Olson. "Compared to last year, the scores were much better. Adam Asfeld improved by 35 seconds and that was the smallest improvement and he ran a superb race. Kevin Heltemes was amazing. He shaved off almost two minutes compared to last year. Kourtney Anderson, our No. 1 girl, was faster by about 40 seconds. Overall we were really pleased."
Boys' team scores -- 1-Wayzata 99, 2-Duluth East 158, 3-Shawnee Mission 161, 23- Wadena-Deer Creek, 28-Brainerd 731, 37 total teams
Individual winner -- Duluth East-Grant Johnson 16:11
Brainerd results -- 86-Brady Rutman 17:46, 149-Cory Olson 18:26, 151-Louis Bedard 18:27, 163-Brandon Asker 18:35, 182-Chad Anderson 18:52, 218-Scott Smith 19:30, 237-Dustin Mattson 19:58.
Area results -- Wadena-Deer Creek: 2-Adam Asfeld 16:13, 47-Kevin Heltemes 17:22, 165-Andy Hay 18:38, 178-Aaron Pederson 18:48, 190-Rocky Jantzen 19:00, 254-Tyler Pederson 22:33, 255-Eric Asfeld 22:56
Next meet -- Brainerd boys: Thursday at Fergus Falls. W-DC St John's Prep Thursday 4:30
Girls' team scores -- 1-Cincinnati Colerain 75, 2-Eastview 159, 3-D.C. Everest (Wis.) 169, 20-Wadena-Deer Creek 545.
Area results -- Wadena-Deer Creek: 20-Kourtney Anderson 20:01, 104-Becca Immomen 21:34, 120-Avery Buresh 21:53, 147-Elissa Buresh 22:16, 154-Meagan McGrane 22:26, 225-Megan Boline 25:04, 232-Sara Lorentz 25:56
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