Girls XC prove doubters wrong
NORTHFIELD -- The girl's cross country team fought an uphill battle all season with consistent performances, but a lack of recognition for their efforts.
The team combined to finish only 40 points from the podium at the state meet, blasting past their No. 9 state ranking, their highest of the season, to finish seventh.
"We're pretty young," Head Coach Jeff Morris said. "We needed about another 10 seconds from each girl, but I am super excited for the girls."
The 10 seconds was the plausible difference between a top three finish and seventh place, but each girl had their own battle on the course as the girl's race was clogged with large groups of runners fighting for position.
"That was the best race they've had all season and they came on late," Morris said.
The team was led by Brynnan Covington's 16th place team finish and 40th overall in a time of 15:37.3.
"The girls race went out really hard and took Brynnan out really hard," said Morris. "She's only in eighth grade, it's going to take awhile for her to get that experience, but I'm really excited for both the girls and guys both."
Ciarrin Covington was the second Jacket to finish in 32nd/72nd place.
Sydney Karels and Lizzie Fudge finished with each other in 47th/100th and 48th/101st respectively.
Mary Riestenberg was right on their tails in 51st/109th to round out the team scoring top five places for Perham.
Racole Karels finished 81st/144th Maren Anderson was 84th/147th.
The Lady Jackets completed their season in a place where not many thought they would be. They came into the state meet with something to prove and managed to do that.
"It's tough to know that maybe we could go get this," Morris said. "For them to go in there and actually be competing for a state title...it's not like they weren't in the mix."
The Yellowjackets will definitely be in the mix next season with a trio of senior leaders in Fudge, Racole Karels and Riestenberg returning to the lineup with Brynnan Covington and Sydney Karels return for their freshman and sophomore seasons.
Two spots will be open with seniors Anderson and Ciarrin Covington departing to graduation.
It will be quite the battle to be in the mix for those two lineup positions.