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Cross-Country: Willmar opens at Apollo Early Bird Invite

Cardinal girls place second, boys finish fourth

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ST. CLOUD — The Willmar cross-country teams saw their first action of the season at the St. Cloud Apollo Early Bird Invitational Saturday at Veterans Golf Course.

The Cardinal girls placed second while the boys took fourth.

Erin Eilers led the Willmar girls with a third-place time of 19 minutes, 59.98 seconds. Sophia Negen (ninth, 21:24.73) and Hannah Quinn (10th, 21:28.55) also placed in the top 10 as the Cardinals finished with 43 points. They finished behind St. Cloud Cathedral’s 37 points. The Crusaders’ Clara Schad won with a time of 19:43.89.

For the Willmar boys, Fathi Dubet had the team’s top time, placing 10th with 18:25.33. Soren Newberg placed 18th at 18:56.51. The Cardinal boys finished fourth with 110. St. Cloud Cathedral (34), Sartell (61) and Chisago Lakes (73) made up the top three. Sartell’s Seth Westrup was the winner at 17:30.10.

Willmar’s next meet is Thursday, Sept. 8 at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista.

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St. Cloud Apollo Early Bird Invitational

Boys

Team scoring

(1) St. Cloud Cathedral 34 (2) Sartell 61 (3) Chisago Lakes 73 (4) Willmar 110 (5) St. Cloud Tech 110 (6) St. Cloud Apollo 147 (7) Sauk Rapids 181 (8) St. Cloud Christian 205
Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Seth Westrup, Sar, 17:30.10 (2) Henry Johnson, CL, 17:32.74 (3) Henry Ebel, Cath, 17:47.69 (4) Griffen Ward, Cath, 17:49.80 (5) Johnny Nemeth, Sar, 17:52.93
WILLMAR — (10) Fathi Dubet 18:25.33 (18) Soren Newberg 18:56.51 (23) Elijah Heinen 19:11.16 (24) Brandon Zapeda 19:11.82 (35) Matthew Eystad 19:48.77

Girls

Team scoring

(1) St. Cloud Cathedral 37 (2) Willmar 43 (3) Chisago Lakes 60 (4) Sartell 90
Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Clara Schad, Cath, 19:43.89 (2) Kaia Osmundson, CL, 19:56.74 (3) Erin Eilers, Will, 19:59.98 (4) Annika Hall, CL, 20:26.78 (5) Ella Voit, Cath, 20:27.54
WILLMAR — (3) Eilers 19:59.98 (9) Sophia Negen 21:24.73 (10) Hannah Quinn 21:28.55 (13) Jaidyn Flolo 21:43.29 (17) Madi Engstrom 22:43.63

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