Perham cross-country wins Staples invite
Both Perham cross-country teams endured extremely windy conditions to take both titles at the Staples Invitational.
The girls looked poised throughout the race, as they should, currently ranked fourth in class A rankings.
"We are so happy with our girls at this point in the season," said Head Coach Jeff Morris. "We did not quite expect the girls to be so race savvy. We put in some tough workouts this week so we were not expecting to go out and be feeling fresh, so we focused on running as a pack through the first mile."
The girls were patient. Once they reached the mile they started the charge for the front of the pack.
Cassie Beseman once again led the Lady Jackets posting another sixth place finish. Freshman Racole Karels and Mary Riestenberg stepped up to fill the second and third spots for the team finishing on the heels of Beseman in the seventh and eighth overall positions.
Ciarrin Covington and Lizzie Fudge rounding out scoring positions with twelfth and thirteenth overall.
Jessica Dreier and Tanya Berns rounded out the top seven for Perham in the varsity race finishing 24th and 30th overall.
The Lady Jackets edged out 2A school Park Center by one point for the team title.
"This is a huge confidence boost for a girls to be able to win a close race and a very exciting day for the girls."
Other highlights for the girls were Sydney Karels who captured the junior high individual title and Emma Sweere and Kellyn Barney with top seven finishes in the JV race.
Boys top 2A Bloomington Jefferson
The boys team ran in a strong pack from start to finish fighting a 300-400 meter stretch of stiff wind for four loops.
Early in the race the boys occupied third through ninth positions and only gave up a few spots before the finish, eventually winning the team title ahead of Bloomington Jefferson, a double A school.
The top two finishing spots went to Bloomington Jefferson's top two runners who are ranked individually in 2A.
Klaus Weber kept the gap pretty close and was the number one runner for the Jackets, running a season best and finishing third overall.
Keith Schornack, who is ranked 11th individually in the state, finished fourth, just behind Weber.
Brandon Karels and sophomore Brady Speicher were next finishing fifth and sixth overall.
Returning to competition this week was sophomore Nick Carignan who posted a 10th overall.
Rounding out the Perham top seven were sophomore Dalton Dahms and senior Andrew Riestenberg, finishing 11th and 12th overall in the varsity race.
The boys were ranked second in the class A polls but have moved into the top spot after the weekend.
"It will be fun to see what these guys do this season," said Morris. "We just want to take it one day at a time and enjoy the journey."
The boys team had a full sweep winning all three boys races Junior High, Junior Varsity, and Varsity. They also just missed all three individual titles with eighth grader Billy Beseman winning the junior high races, followed closely by teammates Tanner Monson and Kanyon Edvall, who are also eighth graders and all ran under 11:45 for two miles.
The boys junior high missed a perfect score of 15 in cross country by one point. In the JV race, senior David Altstadt took the individual title to lead the boys JV to a win with sophomore Shane McClellan and freshman Chris Knutson taking the second and third spots and all running under 19:30 for 5k despite the windy conditions.
Both the girls and boys will be back in action this Thursday for the Lucky Lindy Invite in Little Falls.
The Perham boys moved up to the number one spot in the state rankings after this weekend.
Keith Schornack who had been ranked 11th dropped out of the individual rankings but Klaus Weber moved into the 10th spot. Plainview, the team that edged Perham by two points last year, who was ranked number one, dropped to fourth.
The girls remain ranked fourth in the state.
STATE CROSS COUNTRY COACHES' ASSOCIATION
CLASS A RANKINGS
BOYS' TEAMS: INDIVIDUALS:
1. Perham Mubarik Musa Worthington
2. St. Cloud Cathedral Mason Ferlic Mounds Park Acad.
3. Holy Family Catholic Oj Ojulla Worthington
4. Plainview-Elgin-Millville Grant Wintheiser St. Cloud Cath.
5. Glencoe-Silver Lake Troy Koivisto Dassel-Cokato
6. Esko Cullen Shanrock Wabasha-Kellogg
7. Mora Aaron Haley Plainview-E-M
8. Eveleth-Gilbert Grant Timm Plainview-E-M
9. Fairmont Brendan Skime Thief River Falls
10. Waseca Klaus Weber Perham
11. Byron Byron Schuldt Nevis
12. Minnehaha Academy Brandon Clark Blake
GIRLS' TEAMS: INDIVIDUALS:
1. Adrian Jordin Kopplow Adrian
2. Waseca Lauren Friese Fairmont
3. St. Cloud Cathedral Clare Flanagan Blake
4. Perham Elena Danielson St. Cloud Cath.
5. LaCrescent Victoria Alexander Lake of the Woods
6. Albany Gabi Swoboda Redwood Falls Area
7. Esko Cheyanne Bowers St.James
8. Park Rapids Area Nikayla Ratz Dover-Eyota/St. C
9. Dover-Eyota/St. Charles Jordan Chancellor Blake
10. Blake Sally O'Brien Waseca
11. Fairmont Madi Sachs Albany
12. Annandale Ahna Buntrock Dover-Eyota/SC