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Moorhead sweeps up all 4 cross country titles at Willmar

The Willmar boys team sets off down the 15th fairway en route to a third-place finish at their own event. From left, are Ryan Sawyer, Tommy Seifert, Shawn Johnson, Sam Anez, Nadir Yusuf, Alex Johannes and Mowlid Mohamud. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

WILLMAR -- The Moorhead High School athletic teams completed a highlight-reel weekend visiting Kandiyohi County on Saturday afternoon with a Spuds' sweep at the Optimist Cross Country Invitational.

Spud runners won both individual titles and both team titles -- each squad placing five runners in the top 12. The domineering output mimicked the football team's second-half showing the night before at Willmar where the Spuds won 56-35.

Hopkins High placed runner-up and the host Cardinals third in both races.

The conditions were sunny and coolish and the Eagle Creek Golf Club's Back 9, a gorgeous blend of turning leaves with swarms of harriers in bright colors rippling over the rolling emerald fairways.

Senior Glen Ellingson of Moorhead won the boys 5k in 16:16. He won the Class A 3,200 run at state in June and took sixth in the mile. He's finished first in every race this fall, except Eden Prairie where he was second.

In the girls 4k, Moorhead junior Taylor Janssen ran the first 1,500-meters with three others, but pulled away with Sam Sumstrom of Sauk Rapids. Jenssen, who placed 15th in AA last November, sailed away from Sumstrom and seventh-grader Liz Klecker of Hopkins, who came on to take second.

The Willmar girls were led by sophomore Tara Rudie in 11th. Savannah Anez, one of four 7th-graders in the varsity line-up, was 14th.

Senior Mowlid Mohamud finished 10th and sophomore Tom Seifert 15th to pace the Cardinal boys.


Team scoring

(1) Moorhead 32 (2) Hopkins 52 (3) Willmar 80 (4) Fargo North 119 (5) Redwood Valley 128 (6) Canby/Minneota/Lincoln-HI 162 (7) Hutchinson 177 (8) St. Cloud Tech 221 (9) Sauk Rapids 251 ... incomplete teams, Community Christian School


TOP FIVE -- (1) Glen Ellingson, Mhd, 16:16 (2) John Klecker, Hop, 16:25 (3) Nick Stoks, CML, 16:28 (4) Isaiah Barlow, Hut, 16:50 (5) Ezra Olson, Mhd, 16:52

WILLMAR -- (10) Mowlid Mohamud 17:07 (15) Tom Seifert 17:24 (17) Nadir Yusuf 17:31 (18) Alex Johannes 17:36 (20) Sam Anez 17:44 (25) Ryan Sawyer 17:58 (50) Shawn Johnson 19:38

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL -- (62) Josh Starr 19:56 (69) Mike Elmhurst 20:58 (72) Riley Gardner 22:31 (73) Chris Hinton 22:55


Team scoring

(1) Moorhead 31 (2) Hopkins 46 (3) Willmar (4) Fargo North 102 (5) Canby/Minneota/Lincoln-Hi 138 (6) Hutchinson Tigers (7) Redwood Valley 180 ... incomplete teams, Sauk Rapids, Community Christian School


TOP FIVE -- (1) Taylor Janssen, Mhd, 15:21 (2) Liz Klecker, Hop, 15:32 (3) Samantha Sunstrom, SR, 15:333 (4) Avery Selberg, Mhd, 15:39 (5) Mallori Johnson, Mhd, 16:55

WILLMAR -- (11) Tara Rudie (14) Savanah Anez 16:11 (15) Kayla Rudie 16:13 (19) Cassandra Johnson 16:19 (25) Sophie Schmitz 16:35 (35) Marin Hanson 17:12 (37) Jessa Hanson 17:34