PHS CC: McClellan wins Perham Invitational
Traditionally, the Perham cross country team hasn't enjoyed much luck in regards to the weather when it comes time to host their one race each fall.
Thursday wasn't a pleasant day at the team's Arvig Park course. But they've had worse. With temps hovering in the mid-40's and a stiff breeze whirling around, the Perham Invitational still attracted one of their largest crowds thanks to a 14-team field.
Perham's No. 1 ranked runner, senior Maddie McClellan, didn't disappoint her hometown fans as she won the girls 4K race with a time of 14:49.74, her lowest time of the year. She was a full 12 seconds ahead of Haylie Zenner of Fergus Falls, who finished second (14:57.93).
McClellan's top finish helped the Lady Jackets, the No. 1 team in Class A, to a second place finish with 55 points. Taking the girls team title was No. 10-AA Moorhead with 41 points. The Spuds had all five scoring runners finish in the top-13.
"We are just so proud of how confident Maddie has been running at the front," head coach Jeff Morris said. "The really great thing is to see the other girls close the gap.
"The girls just continue to improve as a pack," Morris added. "We are still getting some of our girls back to top form after fighting a lot of sickness, but we are excited to see the pack tighten up."
Perham had all five of their scoring runners finish in the top-19 out of 78 individuals. Shayla Fulford was the team's second runner, finishing ninth with a time of 15:34. She was one place and three seconds behind No. 14-A Lydia Lutz of Park Rapids.
Holly Sheets was 11th in 15:42. Racole Karels was 15th (15:58) and No. 12-A Abby Anderson, still getting back to full strength after some illness, was 19th (16:14).
Karels was the only top-five runner for Perham that isn't a senior. Karels is just an eight grader.
"Senior leadership is making such a difference, especially with three eight graders and a ninth grader in top-eight," Morris said. "Today we had our top-seven under 16:30, with our top-five right at 16 (minutes) or better."
The boys were without one of there top-five runners, Klaus Weber, who is fighting a sinus infection. Even without Weber, Perham, the No. 1 ranked team in Class A, finished second at their home invite with a team score of 53 points.
Moorhead, ranked No. 6 in Class AA, nearly had a perfect score as they finished with 19 points.
A perfect cross country score is 15. One point for each scoring runner if you have the top-five finishers (1+2+3+4+5=15). The Spuds had the top-three finishers and all five scoring runners in the top-eight. Winning the race was the Spuds No. 11 ranked Lukas Genmar with a time of 16:11.97.
Jacket senior Sam Stoll helped break up Moorhead's attempt at perfection as he finished fourth overall with a time of 16:41. As a team, Perham had all five scoring runners in the top-16, and all seven varsity runners finished under 17:45.
"Today our boys team from varsity down to junior high ran so well," Morris said. "We are coming off a hard last week of training, but they continue to be aggressive and assert themselves with the front pack. I am excited to see what we are capable of when everyone is 100 percent.
Perham teams also finished 2nd overall in both boys and girls J.V. races, and they jr. high boys finished first in their race.
Weber is expected to be in the line-up Tuesday as the boys and girls run at the Heart O' Lakes Conference Championships in Breckenridge. The Perham boys have won seven-straight HOL titles. The Lady Jackets have won the last five in a row.
McClellan is the defending HOL champ for the girls and Perham has five returning All-Conference runners (McClellan, Anderson, Fulford, Sheets and Cassie Beseman). The boys have six returning All-Conference runners (Stoll, Schornack, Weber, Isaac Werner, Brandon Karels and Nick Carignan).
Thursday, October 8
Boys Team Scores
1. #6AA Moorhead 19, 2. #1A Perham 53, 3. Detroit Lakes 90, 4. Little Falls 131, 5. Fergus Falls 182, 6. Bagley/Fosston 217, 7. Roseau 220, 8. West Central Area 230, 9. Otter Tail Central 241, 10. D-G-F 262, 11. Wadena-Deer Creek 294, 12. Frazee 303, 13. Park Rapids 310.
Medalist: Lukas Genmar (M) 16:11.97
Perham Individuals: 4. Sam Stoll 16:41, 9. Keith Schornack 16:51, 11. Isaac Werner 17:01, 13. Nick Carignan 17:08, 16. Brandon Karels 17:15, 20. Andrew Riestenberg 17:30, 27. Dalton Dahms 17:44.
Girls Team Scores
1. #10AA Moorhead 41, 2. #1A Perham 55, 3. Park Rapids 103, 4. Little Falls 116, 5. Roseau 137, 6. Detroit Lakes 158, 7. Pelican Rapids 185, 8. West Central Area 192, 9. Fergus Falls 215, 10. Lake Park-Audubon 277, 11. Otter Tail Central 294.
Medalist: Maddie McClellan (P) 14:49.74
Perham Individuals: 9. Shayla Fulford 15:34, 11. Holly Sheets 15:42, 15. Racole Karels 15:58, 19. Abby Anderson 16:10, 23. Ciarrin Covington 16:15, 29. Lizzie Fudge 16:33.
Boys Class A Poll Section Rank
1. Perham 8 1
2. Minnehaha Academy 4 2
3. Plainview-Elgin-Millville 5 3
4. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6 4
5. St. Cloud Cathedral 5 5
6. Albany 6 6
7. Holy Family 4 7
8. Waseca 2 8
8. Jackson Cty Central 2 9
10. The Blake School 4 10
11. Fairmont 2 11
12. Adrian 3 12
Girls Class A Poll Section Rank
1. Perham 8 1
2. Waseca 2 2
3. Holy Family 4 3
4. St. Cloud Cathedral 5 4
5. Park Rapids 8 5
6. Adrian 3 6
7. Fairmont 2 7
8. Canby-Minneota/LinHi 3 8
9. LaCrescent 1 9
10. Minnehaha Academy 4 11
11. Mountain Lake/B-O 3 ---
12. Mora 5 10
Maddie McClellan (P) No. 1
Abby Anderson (P) No. 12