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Maddie McClellan (147) and Abby Anderson (134) led the entire race Monday in Moorhead and finished in 1st and 2nd place. McClellan, who was 3rd at State last year, is the preseason No. 1 runner in Class A this fall. Anderson is ranked No. 10 after finishing 16th at State in 2008. The Lady Jacket team is ranked No. 2.1 / 2
The boys cross country team gets off to a good start at the Shocky Strand Invite in Moorhead Monday. The boys, who finished 2nd at the State Meet last year, are the preseason No. 1 team in Class A this fall.2 / 2

The Perham boys and girls cross country teams opened their 2009 season at the Shocky Strand Moorhead Rotary Invitational on Monday. It was a good start for both teams as the girls finished second and the boys came in third.

The girls top-two runners, Maddie McClellan and Abby Anderson, looked in mid-season form. McClellan earned medalist honors with a time of 15:23.6. Anderson was the runner-up with a time of 15:34.3. The third place runner, Tayler Janssen of Moorhead, was nearly 20 seconds behind.

As a team, Perham finished second with 61 points. Moorhead, ranked No. 10 in the Class AA preseason poll, took the title on their home turf with 46. There was not a preseason ranking for Class A teams.

The Jacket boys didn't have a runner in the top-10 as they finished in third with 82 points, but they did have four in the top-20 and all seven varsity runners were in the top-30 out of 94 individuals.

No. 3-AA Moorhead made it a sweep for the home team by winning the meet with 26 points. Traditional Class AA powerhouse Willmar was second with 46.

Sam Stoll led the Perham boys, finishing 11th with a time of 17:47. Isaac Werner was close behind in 12th place (17:59).

Moorhead's top-ranked runner, Lukas Gemar, was the medalist with a time of 16:14. He finished a minute and four seconds ahead of teammate and runner-up Christian Larson.

Other races

Perham had the full assembly of their 7-12 runners in Moorhead Monday.

In the junior high races, the girls finished in first place out of four teams with 27 points. Eighth grader Racole Karels was third overall. The boys finished second out of five teams with 71 points. Moorhead was first with 21. Mark Shipman, an eighth grader, led the team with an eighth place finish.

Perham didn't fill a full team in the girls J.V. race, but freshman Tanya Berns finished 13th individually. The boys J.V. was third out of eight teams with 51 points. Willmar was first with 34. Freshman Brady Speicher finished in fifth place.

Return to Northfield

The Yellowjackets will head to Northfield on Friday, Sept. 4 for the Rolf Mellby Invitational at St. Olaf College. Race times start at 9 a.m.

St. Olaf is home to the State Cross Country Meet, which will be Saturday, Nov. 7. Perham runners have become quite familiar with the course over the years with their tremendous success at State meets. Both boys and girls teams finished second at last year's State Class A Meet. This year, the boys are looking to capture the team's third State championship in four years. The girls will be a favorite to win their first State title this fall.

Monday, August 31

Moorhead Rotary Invitational

Boys Team Scores (5K)

1. #3AA Moorhead 26, 2. Willmar 46, 3. Perham 82, 4. Detroit Lakes 122, 5. Staples-Motley 147, 6. Bemidji 157, 7. Lincoln (ND) 157, 8. Fergus Falls 220, 9. Park Rapids 287, 10. East Grand Forks 312, 11. Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal 319, 12. Pelican Rapids 335.

Medalist: #1AA Lukas Gemar (M) 16:13.97

Perham Individuals: 11. Sam Stoll 17:47, 12. Isaac Werner 17:59, 17. Keith Schornack 18:11, 20. Brandon Karels 18:22, 22. Klaus Weber 18:34, 23. Andrew Riestenberg 18:37, 27. Nick Carignan 18:45.

Girls Team Scores (4K)

1. #10AA Moorhead 46, 2. Perham 61, 3. Park Rapids 96, 4. Willmar 109, 5. Staples-Motley 110, 6. Bemidji 119, 7. Detroit Lakes 163, 8. Pelican Rapids 203.

Medalist: Maddie McClellan (P) 15:23.55

Perham Individuals: 2. Abby Anderson 15:34, 14. Holly Sheets 16:42, 16. Shayla Fulford 16:45, 28. Ciarrin Covington 17:57, 38. Jenna Gigstead 18:40.