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Covington, Yellowjacket girls take DL Invitational

Running with a target on their back is something new for the Perham Yellowjacket girls cross country running team, but by the looks of it, they have adjusted well to being the hunted, instead of the hunters. The Yellowjackets finished first at th...

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The Yellowjacket girls cross country running team gets off to a quick start at the Detroit Lakes Invitational. Jason Groth/FOCUS

Running with a target on their back is something new for the Perham Yellowjacket girls cross country running team, but by the looks of it, they have adjusted well to being the hunted, instead of the hunters. The Yellowjackets finished first at the Detroit Lakes Invitational on Sept. 8, led by Brynnan Covington’s first place finish. The target comes from winning their first ever Minnesota State Class A Championship, the Division 2 National Championship, being ranked No. 1 in Class A and No. 1 in the nation in Division 2. “Our team has been out there and able to compete like we were last year. It’s different now that we have the target on our back,” Covington said. “It’s complicated because we know what we were capable of last year and we can’t just expect that. We have to keep working hard. Our girls, after our first race, we realized where we are at. Now, we are getting that motivation back and realize we have that target on our back and still have to keep competing where we were last year and like it’s not going to be easy for us.”
It was the first win for the Yellowjackets this season, they finished in the top five of their first two meets, which featured several larger schools in the Shocky Strand Invite and the St. Olaf Showcase. At each event, the Yellowjackets were the top finishing Class A team. Covington said the team wasn’t in the mode for racing during that first race and thought it was going to be there. “We ran really well, but it wasn’t the same. We weren’t really that connected,” Covington said. “After that, we started to get our motivation back and we all started having goals. Just like my coach said, ‘sure our goal can be that we run good at state, but that’s just good, we want to focus on what’s great, keep going for more than that.’ That’s what it’s like having the target on our back, because we want to do more than we already have.” Covington and the Yellowjacket seven cruised to the win, earning 44 points, finishing 23 points better than Moorhead, who came in second. Bemidji was third, followed by Alexandria in fourth and Pelican Rapids in fifth. The plan for the race was to run the first lap smart and let the other girls wear themselves out on the hills. She said they stayed relaxed that first loop, while using the downhills to their advantage. She made her move after the first mile and said she felt good heading into the second loop. She hammered up on the uphills and used the downhills to her advantage. She finished the race with a time of 19 minutes, 56.1 seconds, leading the field. The Yellowjackets had three runners finish in the top 10, with four inside the top 15. The depth is what has helped the Yellowjackets earn the No. 1 ranking in the state, while picking up their first win of the season. “I know when I’m racing my girls are right behind and my coach makes sure I know they are right behind me,” Covington said. “They keep pushing me and that is pretty much what helps me go through the races, knowing they are right behind me. If I keep pushing, I know they will to.” Caitlin Covington finished in the top 10 as well, earning a seventh place finish for the Yellowjackets. She came across the line at 21:00.0. She was followed by Hailey Wegscheid. Wegscheid finished in eighth place with a time of 21:19.9. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2806916","attributes":{"alt":"Hailey Wegsheid and Abby Tweeton take the turn around the first loop. ","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"465"}}]] Abby Tweeton finished 12th for Perham. She crossed the line with a time of 21:41.5. Ashley Hokanson finished outside the top 15, finishing with a time of 22:00.8. Evalyn McClearly earned a 30th place finish, she finished with a time of 23:05.7. Lourdes Anderson rounded out the field for the Yellowjackets. She came in with a time of 24:30.7. Next on the Yellowjackets schedule is the Lucky Lindy Invitational in Little Falls, Minn. It will be the 50th running of the event on Sept. 15. Detroit Lakes Invite Sept. 9 Detroit Lakes, Minn. Girls Team Results Perham 44, Moorhead 67, Bemidji 94, Alexandria 94, Pelican Rapids 124, Fergus Falls 175, Detroit Lakes 179, Frazee 195, Breckenridge-Wahpeton 210 Individual Results Top Five Brynnan Covington, Perham19:56.1 Bethany Miller, Alexandria20:29.5 Sadie Hamrin, Bemidji20:39.7 Rylie Polomny, Moorhead20:50.4 Bailee Heitkamp, Breck/Wahpeton20:52.1 Perham Results Brynnan Covington19:56.1 Caitlin Covington21:00.0 Hailey Wegscheid21:19.9 Abby Tweeton21:41.5 Ashley Hokanson22:00.8 Evalyn McClearly23:05.7 Lourdes Anderson24:30.7Running with a target on their back is something new for the Perham Yellowjacket girls cross country running team, but by the looks of it, they have adjusted well to being the hunted, instead of the hunters. The Yellowjackets finished first at the Detroit Lakes Invitational on Sept. 8, led by Brynnan Covington’s first place finish. The target comes from winning their first ever Minnesota State Class A Championship, the Division 2 National Championship, being ranked No. 1 in Class A and No. 1 in the nation in Division 2. “Our team has been out there and able to compete like we were last year. It’s different now that we have the target on our back,” Covington said. “It’s complicated because we know what we were capable of last year and we can’t just expect that. We have to keep working hard. Our girls, after our first race, we realized where we are at. Now, we are getting that motivation back and realize we have that target on our back and still have to keep competing where we were last year and like it’s not going to be easy for us.” [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2806914","attributes":{"alt":"Brynnan Covington leads the way around the final turn of the first loop.","class":"media-image","height":"463","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]] It was the first win for the Yellowjackets this season, they finished in the top five of their first two meets, which featured several larger schools in the Shocky Strand Invite and the St. Olaf Showcase. At each event, the Yellowjackets were the top finishing Class A team. Covington said the team wasn’t in the mode for racing during that first race and thought it was going to be there. “We ran really well, but it wasn’t the same. We weren’t really that connected,” Covington said. “After that, we started to get our motivation back and we all started having goals. Just like my coach said, ‘sure our goal can be that we run good at state, but that’s just good, we want to focus on what’s great, keep going for more than that.’ That’s what it’s like having the target on our back, because we want to do more than we already have.” Covington and the Yellowjacket seven cruised to the win, earning 44 points, finishing 23 points better than Moorhead, who came in second. Bemidji was third, followed by Alexandria in fourth and Pelican Rapids in fifth. The plan for the race was to run the first lap smart and let the other girls wear themselves out on the hills. She said they stayed relaxed that first loop, while using the downhills to their advantage. She made her move after the first mile and said she felt good heading into the second loop. She hammered up on the uphills and used the downhills to her advantage. She finished the race with a time of 19 minutes, 56.1 seconds, leading the field. The Yellowjackets had three runners finish in the top 10, with four inside the top 15. The depth is what has helped the Yellowjackets earn the No. 1 ranking in the state, while picking up their first win of the season. “I know when I’m racing my girls are right behind and my coach makes sure I know they are right behind me,” Covington said. “They keep pushing me and that is pretty much what helps me go through the races, knowing they are right behind me. If I keep pushing, I know they will to.” Caitlin Covington finished in the top 10 as well, earning a seventh place finish for the Yellowjackets. She came across the line at 21:00.0. She was followed by Hailey Wegscheid. Wegscheid finished in eighth place with a time of 21:19.9.
Abby Tweeton finished 12th for Perham. She crossed the line with a time of 21:41.5. Ashley Hokanson finished outside the top 15, finishing with a time of 22:00.8. Evalyn McClearly earned a 30th place finish, she finished with a time of 23:05.7. Lourdes Anderson rounded out the field for the Yellowjackets. She came in with a time of 24:30.7. Next on the Yellowjackets schedule is the Lucky Lindy Invitational in Little Falls, Minn. It will be the 50th running of the event on Sept. 15. Detroit Lakes Invite Sept. 9 Detroit Lakes, Minn. Girls Team Results Perham 44, Moorhead 67, Bemidji 94, Alexandria 94, Pelican Rapids 124, Fergus Falls 175, Detroit Lakes 179, Frazee 195, Breckenridge-Wahpeton 210 Individual Results Top Five Brynnan Covington, Perham19:56.1 Bethany Miller, Alexandria20:29.5 Sadie Hamrin, Bemidji20:39.7 Rylie Polomny, Moorhead20:50.4 Bailee Heitkamp, Breck/Wahpeton20:52.1 Perham Results Brynnan Covington19:56.1 Caitlin Covington21:00.0 Hailey Wegscheid21:19.9 Abby Tweeton21:41.5 Ashley Hokanson22:00.8 Evalyn McClearly23:05.7 Lourdes Anderson24:30.7Running with a target on their back is something new for the Perham Yellowjacket girls cross country running team, but by the looks of it, they have adjusted well to being the hunted, instead of the hunters. The Yellowjackets finished first at the Detroit Lakes Invitational on Sept. 8, led by Brynnan Covington’s first place finish. The target comes from winning their first ever Minnesota State Class A Championship, the Division 2 National Championship, being ranked No. 1 in Class A and No. 1 in the nation in Division 2. “Our team has been out there and able to compete like we were last year. It’s different now that we have the target on our back,” Covington said. “It’s complicated because we know what we were capable of last year and we can’t just expect that. We have to keep working hard. Our girls, after our first race, we realized where we are at. Now, we are getting that motivation back and realize we have that target on our back and still have to keep competing where we were last year and like it’s not going to be easy for us.”
It was the first win for the Yellowjackets this season, they finished in the top five of their first two meets, which featured several larger schools in the Shocky Strand Invite and the St. Olaf Showcase. At each event, the Yellowjackets were the top finishing Class A team. Covington said the team wasn’t in the mode for racing during that first race and thought it was going to be there. “We ran really well, but it wasn’t the same. We weren’t really that connected,” Covington said. “After that, we started to get our motivation back and we all started having goals. Just like my coach said, ‘sure our goal can be that we run good at state, but that’s just good, we want to focus on what’s great, keep going for more than that.’ That’s what it’s like having the target on our back, because we want to do more than we already have.”Covington and the Yellowjacket seven cruised to the win, earning 44 points, finishing 23 points better than Moorhead, who came in second. Bemidji was third, followed by Alexandria in fourth and Pelican Rapids in fifth. The plan for the race was to run the first lap smart and let the other girls wear themselves out on the hills. She said they stayed relaxed that first loop, while using the downhills to their advantage. She made her move after the first mile and said she felt good heading into the second loop. She hammered up on the uphills and used the downhills to her advantage. She finished the race with a time of 19 minutes, 56.1 seconds, leading the field. The Yellowjackets had three runners finish in the top 10, with four inside the top 15. The depth is what has helped the Yellowjackets earn the No. 1 ranking in the state, while picking up their first win of the season. “I know when I’m racing my girls are right behind and my coach makes sure I know they are right behind me,” Covington said. “They keep pushing me and that is pretty much what helps me go through the races, knowing they are right behind me. If I keep pushing, I know they will to.”Caitlin Covington finished in the top 10 as well, earning a seventh place finish for the Yellowjackets. She came across the line at 21:00.0. She was followed by Hailey Wegscheid. Wegscheid finished in eighth place with a time of 21:19.9.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2806916","attributes":{"alt":"Hailey Wegsheid and Abby Tweeton take the turn around the first loop. ","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"465"}}]]Abby Tweeton finished 12th for Perham. She crossed the line with a time of 21:41.5. Ashley Hokanson finished outside the top 15, finishing with a time of 22:00.8. Evalyn McClearly earned a 30th place finish, she finished with a time of 23:05.7. Lourdes Anderson rounded out the field for the Yellowjackets. She came in with a time of 24:30.7. Next on the Yellowjackets schedule is the Lucky Lindy Invitational in Little Falls, Minn. It will be the 50th running of the event on Sept. 15.Detroit Lakes InviteSept. 9Detroit Lakes, Minn.Girls Team ResultsPerham 44, Moorhead 67, Bemidji 94, Alexandria 94, Pelican Rapids 124, Fergus Falls 175, Detroit Lakes 179, Frazee 195, Breckenridge-Wahpeton 210Individual ResultsTop FiveBrynnan Covington, Perham19:56.1Bethany Miller, Alexandria20:29.5Sadie Hamrin, Bemidji20:39.7Rylie Polomny, Moorhead20:50.4Bailee Heitkamp, Breck/Wahpeton20:52.1Perham ResultsBrynnan Covington19:56.1Caitlin Covington21:00.0Hailey Wegscheid21:19.9Abby Tweeton21:41.5Ashley Hokanson22:00.8Evalyn McClearly23:05.7Lourdes Anderson24:30.7Running with a target on their back is something new for the Perham Yellowjacket girls cross country running team, but by the looks of it, they have adjusted well to being the hunted, instead of the hunters. The Yellowjackets finished first at the Detroit Lakes Invitational on Sept. 8, led by Brynnan Covington’s first place finish. The target comes from winning their first ever Minnesota State Class A Championship, the Division 2 National Championship, being ranked No. 1 in Class A and No. 1 in the nation in Division 2. “Our team has been out there and able to compete like we were last year. It’s different now that we have the target on our back,” Covington said. “It’s complicated because we know what we were capable of last year and we can’t just expect that. We have to keep working hard. Our girls, after our first race, we realized where we are at. Now, we are getting that motivation back and realize we have that target on our back and still have to keep competing where we were last year and like it’s not going to be easy for us.”[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2806914","attributes":{"alt":"Brynnan Covington leads the way around the final turn of the first loop.","class":"media-image","height":"463","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]It was the first win for the Yellowjackets this season, they finished in the top five of their first two meets, which featured several larger schools in the Shocky Strand Invite and the St. Olaf Showcase. At each event, the Yellowjackets were the top finishing Class A team. Covington said the team wasn’t in the mode for racing during that first race and thought it was going to be there. “We ran really well, but it wasn’t the same. We weren’t really that connected,” Covington said. “After that, we started to get our motivation back and we all started having goals. Just like my coach said, ‘sure our goal can be that we run good at state, but that’s just good, we want to focus on what’s great, keep going for more than that.’ That’s what it’s like having the target on our back, because we want to do more than we already have.”Covington and the Yellowjacket seven cruised to the win, earning 44 points, finishing 23 points better than Moorhead, who came in second. Bemidji was third, followed by Alexandria in fourth and Pelican Rapids in fifth. The plan for the race was to run the first lap smart and let the other girls wear themselves out on the hills. She said they stayed relaxed that first loop, while using the downhills to their advantage. She made her move after the first mile and said she felt good heading into the second loop. She hammered up on the uphills and used the downhills to her advantage. She finished the race with a time of 19 minutes, 56.1 seconds, leading the field. The Yellowjackets had three runners finish in the top 10, with four inside the top 15. The depth is what has helped the Yellowjackets earn the No. 1 ranking in the state, while picking up their first win of the season. “I know when I’m racing my girls are right behind and my coach makes sure I know they are right behind me,” Covington said. “They keep pushing me and that is pretty much what helps me go through the races, knowing they are right behind me. If I keep pushing, I know they will to.”Caitlin Covington finished in the top 10 as well, earning a seventh place finish for the Yellowjackets. She came across the line at 21:00.0. She was followed by Hailey Wegscheid. Wegscheid finished in eighth place with a time of 21:19.9.
Abby Tweeton finished 12th for Perham. She crossed the line with a time of 21:41.5. Ashley Hokanson finished outside the top 15, finishing with a time of 22:00.8. Evalyn McClearly earned a 30th place finish, she finished with a time of 23:05.7. Lourdes Anderson rounded out the field for the Yellowjackets. She came in with a time of 24:30.7. Next on the Yellowjackets schedule is the Lucky Lindy Invitational in Little Falls, Minn. It will be the 50th running of the event on Sept. 15.Detroit Lakes InviteSept. 9Detroit Lakes, Minn.Girls Team ResultsPerham 44, Moorhead 67, Bemidji 94, Alexandria 94, Pelican Rapids 124, Fergus Falls 175, Detroit Lakes 179, Frazee 195, Breckenridge-Wahpeton 210Individual ResultsTop FiveBrynnan Covington, Perham19:56.1Bethany Miller, Alexandria20:29.5Sadie Hamrin, Bemidji20:39.7Rylie Polomny, Moorhead20:50.4Bailee Heitkamp, Breck/Wahpeton20:52.1Perham ResultsBrynnan Covington19:56.1Caitlin Covington21:00.0Hailey Wegscheid21:19.9Abby Tweeton21:41.5Ashley Hokanson22:00.8Evalyn McClearly23:05.7Lourdes Anderson24:30.7

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