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Sophomore Ciarrin Covington and freshman Lizzie Fudge come down the back stretch of the Perham Invitational cross-country race.

Cross-country teams defend home turf

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The Perham boys cross-country team backed up its number one Class A state ranking with a second place finish at their home invitational meet. The Yellowjackets were only bested by Class 2A Moorhead by a combined 55 seconds.

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The girls team finished fourth and also behind all double-A schools.

"The boys had the top six under 17:25," Head Coach Jeff Morris said.

Keith Schornack was tops for Perham with a fifth place finish at 16:36, only 20 seconds behind winner Glen Ellington from Moorhead and Bryon Schultz from Nevis who ran 16:14.35 and 16:14.87 respectively.

Klaus Weber was 16:47, sophomores Nick Carignan, Brady Speicher, Dalton Dahms were 17:03, 17:16, and 17:20 respectively. Andrew Reistenberg and Brandon Karels rounded out the top seven at 17:25 and 17:45.

The girls also ran great races with Mary Reistenberg returning to the line-up doing a tempo run still recouping from an injury.

Cassie Beseman led the way finishing in 16:07. Lizzie Fudge was 16:24, Ciarrin Covington 16:27, Racole Karels 16:45, Syd Karels 17:20, and Mary Reistenberg was 17:29.

"I was really pleased with both girls and guys. Our guys are very seasoned and have great senior leadership. I am so pleased with how Klaus Weber, Andrew Reistenberg, Brandon Karels, Keith Schornack, and David Altstadt have taken ownership of this team. A year ago, I was not so sure how these guys would turn out as leaders and I am so proud of what they have brought to our entire team. These guys have just been so awesome and it will be awesome to see how we run all the way down to junior high the last few weeks with these guys leading."

This was the first time all season the top six runners have finished under 17:25.

"It will be great to see the boys compete at conference in Warroad to hopefully win our ninth Heart O' Lakes title in a row."

The girls team has not had as easy of a road but are making strides.

"We had some injuries we are recovering from in our top five."

Mary Reistenberg, in particular, had her first race back in two weeks and ran it as a workout and looked strong.

According to Morris, Cassie Beseman has really started to show she is going to be an individual force in the section.

"Lizzie Fudge really ran strong for us running number two for the first time this year. Ciarrin Covington is really racing consistent this year after missing all of track and is getting back to the kind of racing she was doing last fall."

Morris expects big things from Covington, along with the team, as a whole.

"Racole Karels has been up front for us all year and continues to race solid. It was nice to see Sydney Karels start close the gap to our front pack and Jessica Dreier and Tanya Berns continue to add more depth. By the end of the season, I think we are going to be in the mix at sections, but we look to Warroad to hopefully continue the streak of conference titles and make it seven in a row."

State cross-country coaches' association

Class A rankings

Oct. 4:

BOYS' TEAMS: INDIVIDUALS:

1. Perham Mubarik Musa Worthington

2. St. Cloud Cathedral Mason Ferlic Mounds Park Acad.

3. Plainview-Elgin-Millville Grant Wintheiser St. Cloud Cath.

4. Minnehaha Academy Matt Jergensen Caledonia

5. Glencoe-Silver Lake Brandon Clark Blake

6. Fairmont Jackson Lindquist Esko

7. Holy Family Catholic Andrew Coop Mora

8. Byron Grant Timm Plainview-E-M

9. Waseca Byron Schultz Nevis

10. Esko Shane Streich Waseca

11. Albany Brendan Skrimes Thief River Falls

12. LaCrescent Justin Cook Jackson County Central

GIRLS' TEAMS: INDIVIDUALS:

1. Adrian Elena Danielson St. Cloud Cath.

2. St. Cloud Cathedral Lauren Friese Fairmont

3. Holy Family Catholic Victoria Alexander Lake of the Woods

4. LaCrescent Whiyney Wilgenburg Hill-Beaver Cr/E

5. Fairmont Cheyanne Bowers St.James

6. Blake Gabi Swoboda Redwood Falls Area

7. Esko Jordan Chancellor Blake

8. Trinity River Ridge Emi Trost Cannon Falls

9. Albany Molly Eastman Holy Family Cath.

10. Dover-Eyota/St. Charles Jordin Kopplow Adrian

11. Waseca Maris Shady Esko

12. Park Rapids Clare Flanagan Blake

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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