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Covington leads the pack at Milaca Mega Meet

It was a groundbreaking day for Perham senior cross country runner Brynnan Covington. Covington became the first ever Perham Yellowjacket to win the Milaca Mega Meet Individual Title, finishing first on Sept. 25.

It was a groundbreaking day for Perham senior cross country runner Brynnan Covington. Covington became the first ever Perham Yellowjacket to win the Milaca Mega Meet Individual Title, finishing first on Sept. 25.

Currently, Covington is ranked third in Class A and in the process of winning the race, she bested the second ranked runner, Anna Donnay, on her way to the title. Covington had the fastest time of all four races as well, making her the fastest female runner at the annual Mega Meet.

Covington finished with a time of 18 minutes, 57.45 seconds.

"She posted the fastest time of the day in all four races, making her the fastest female runner this year at the Milaca Mega Meet and broke 19:00 for the first time on a course that was super soggy from steady rain and drizzle," Perham head coach Jeff Morris said.

The meet featured the top two teams in Class A with the second ranked Fairmont Cardinals, competing with the top ranked Perham Yellowjackets. The Cardinals gained the edge in the Mega Meet, pushing past Perham by seven points. Fairmont finished with 75 points, while Perham came in with 82 points in the AA race of the event. The Mega Meet splits the event into four races due to the amount of teams in the event.

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However, the Yellowjackets were missing a key ingredient to their team. They were without the services of Ashley Hokanson, who is a top five runner for the Yellowjackets. Hokanson is away on a family vacation, which is giving an opportunity to some younger Perham runners.

Lac Qui Parle Valley-Dawson-Boyd came in third place, finishing with 101 points. Proctor was fourth with 153 points, while Mora came in fifth place finishing with 178 points.

The Yellowjackets had four runners finish inside the top 15 of the meet.

"Stepping up big for the Yellowjackets was Caitlin Covington and Abby Tweeton, who both broke 20 minutes with Hailey Wegscheid just 12 seconds behind," Morris said. "The fifth spot was filled by Lourdes Anderson, who ran a personal best with Evalyn McCleary and Grace Kalina rounding out the lineup."

Caitlin Covington finished seventh overall for the Yellowjackets. She came across the line with a time of 19:57.20. She was followed closely by Abby Tweeton. Tweeton earned an eighth place finish, crossing the line with a time of 19:57.94.

Hailey Wegscheid finished 11th overall, she finished with a time of 20:09.91 for the Yellowjackets. Lourdes Anderson came in 59th place, finishing with a time of 22:13.58, while Evalyn McCleary came in 70th place, finishing with a time of 22:33.96. Grace Kalina rounded out the field for the Yellowjackets, finishing with a time of 24:08.00. She finished 114th overall.

The Yellowjackets return to competition on Saturday, Oct. 1 for the 66th annual Swain Invitational at the Enger Park Golf Course in Duluth, Minn.

Milaca Mega Meet

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Sept. 24

Stone's Throw Golf Course

Girls 2A Results

Fairmont 75, Perham 82, LQPV-DB 101, Proctor 153, Mora 178, Blake 178, Canby-Minneota 220, Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 241, Pine city 305, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 327, North Shore 332, St. Cloud Cathedral 336, Martin County West 357, Jordan 392, South Ridge 398, Esko 436, Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum 468, SMSENUC 483, EV-W-K 486, Melrose 501, Fargo Shanley 513, Watertown-Mayer 535, Benson-KMS, Virginia 617

Individual

Top five

Brynnan Covington, Perham 18:57.45

Anna Donnay, EV-W-K 18:58.65

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Brook Wedin, Mora 19:36.00

Olivia Ohrt, Blake 19:42.45

Marissa Whitehead, MCWest 19:49.09

Perham Results

Brynnan Covington 18:57.45

Caitlin Covington 19:57.20

Abby Tweeton 19:57.94

Hailey Wegscheid 20:09.91

Lourdes Anderson 22:13.58

Evalyn McCleary 22:33.96

Grace Kalina 24:08.00

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