A familiar face found himself out in front at the annual Perham Time Trials on Aug. 17 at Arvig Park. The second ranked runner in Class A, Brandon O'Hara, set the tone during the annual two-mile time trial. O'Hara enters the season as one of the top runners in the state and hopes to build on a strong junior campaign during his senior season.
He got off on the right foot with a time of 10 minutes and nine seconds, which was just two seconds off of his 2018 pace. This year's event was ran in warm and humid conditions in the early morning hour. O'Hara looks to anchor a team hoping to capture its third straight Class A Championship. The Yellowjackets return the core of their team from a year ago and are ranked No. 1 in the state.
Bailey Evenson came in second place with a time of 10:46, followed by Jakob McCleary with a time of 10:46. Tesfaye Young followed in fourth place with a time of 11:02 and in fifth place was Owen Werner with a time of 11:12.
Chase Belka, Elijah Morris, Jack Anderson and Carson Hespe rounded out the top 10. Belka finished with a time of 11:13 for sixth place overall.
Marcus Swentik had the most improved time from last year's race to this year's event. He finished with a time of 19:01, which was more than four minutes faster than his previous time.
The Yellowjackets officially kick off the new season with the first ever Brave Like Gabe Invitational at Arvig Park. Races begin at 9 a.m. at Arvig Park. Following the races, the Perham Bike Path will be renamed and dedicated in honor of Gabriele Anderson Grunewald. The bike path will be named the Brave Like Gabe Bike Path.