ADRIAN -- Worthington’s Fanuel Wolday eased to victory on the boys’ side, and Murray County Central/Fulda’s Amanda Overgaauw won the girls race by nearly a full minute Tuesday at the Adrian/Ellsworth Invitational cross country meet.
Overgaauw has been consistently outstanding this fall, and she was outstanding again as she crossed the finish line in 18:05.73, well ahead of second-place Tenley Nelson of Luverne, who came in at 19:02.98. Overgaauw’s twin sister, Ashley, was third in 19:24.23.
Wolday, too, has lit up the cross country courses this year. On Tuesday, he won in 17:05.06, well in front of second-place Will Arens of Redwood Valley.
The Trojans won the team title with 34 points, ahead of (in order) Redwood Valley with 80, Jackson County Central 101, Luverne 107, Windom Area 153, Pipestone Area 156, Murray County Central/Fulda 165, Adrian/Ellsworth 229, Southwest Christian/Edgerton 244 and Lakeview 246.
Luverne won the girls team competition with 37 points, followed by MCC/F 49, Redwood Valley 76, Pipestone Area 124, Adrian/Ellsworth 152, Worthington 170, Southwest Christian/Edgerton 171, Jackson County Central 184, Windom Area 233, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 264 and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 274.
Worthington placed nine boy runners among the top 22. Ofbeka Morke was fourth (17:34.80), Alec Langerud was sixth (17:46.02), Mikele Walu 11th (18:08.23), Mason Bobb 14th (18:20.41), Filmon Wolday 16th (18:41.65), Austin Kinser 20th (19:06.58), Isaac Kinser 21st (19:08.96) and Tyler Jaycox 22nd (19:10.25).
Jackson County Central’s Andrew Boyum was third overall with a 17:33.92 time, and teammate Evan Paplow was fifth at 17:38.30.
Windom Area’s Kaylee Walklin was fourth in the girls’ race in a time of 19:30.80. Jenna DeBates of Luverne was fifth in 20:08.72.
The Cardinals also placed 9th, 10th and 11th with Grace Ingebretson, Ella Schmuck and Kayla Bloemendaal.
Emily Dahlquist placed 19th for the Worthington girls, in a time of 23:07.88. Teammates Nicole Wede, Kenadie Thiner and Jenna Hoffman placed 37th, 38th and 39th, respectively.