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Yellowjackets crowned NHSCA D2 National Champions

The Perham Yellowjacket cross country running teams made not only state history, but national history with their sweep of the Class A Championships at St. Olaf College on Nov. 4.

The Yellowjackets became the third program in Class A history to take the boys and the girls titles, but they became the first program ever to sweep the National High School Coaches Association’s Cross Country Division II National Champions.

The Yellowjackets are no stranger to the award, but it’s the first time in the history of the award that a program won both titles in the awards 10-year history.

The Yellowjackets were alerted shortly after their championship victory by Perham Activities Director Erin Anderson and a loud cheer from the Yellowjackets could be heard throughout the auditorium of the St. Olaf College before the state’s award ceremony.

David Taylor of the NHSCA said in an email that they had taken a seat back, putting the importance on the state cross country meets.

For the girls, it’s the second time they have been crowned the Division II National Champions. The girls earned the crown in 2015, the same season they won the program’s first Class A Championship.

It’s the third time the boys have been named the Division II National Champions. The boys won the title in 2012 and 2013, each year they won the Class A state championships as well. The school receive their new National Championship banners by Nov. 10.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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