It was a dominant performance for the Perham boys cross country running team when they ran away with the team title at the Minnesota State University-Moorhead Twilight Meet on Sept. 6 at Bluestem in Moorhead.
The Yellowjackets had their top six runners all come in under 17 minutes and their seventh runner finished at 17 minutes and 31.4 seconds on their way to the team win. Perham avenged an earlier defeat to Bemidji on its way to the team title as well.
Perham finished with 62 points for first place, while Bemidji was second with 76 points. West Central Area came in third with 87 points, while Staples-Motley finished fourth with 99 points. West Fargo Sheyenne rounded out the top five with 126 points.
The Cardinals posted a strong push with two runners inside the top five, however, Perham's depth has allowed them to gain ground on the Cardinals. Staples-Motley's Emmet Anderson finished first with a time of 15 minutes and 9.4 seconds, while West Central Area's Jacob Bright was second at 15:27.5. Staples-Motley's Hunter Klimek followed in third place at 15:29.9, while Perham's Brandon O'Hara was fourth. O'Hara, currently sits fifth in the state in the most recent Class A polls, finished with a time of 15:37.8. East Grand Fork's Tyson Mahar finished in fifth place at 15:48.5, rounding out the top five.
Bailey Evenson, who is ranked 11th in the state, finished in eighth place overall. He crossed the finish line with a time of 15:59.3. Perham had three runners finish inside the top 10 when Jakob McCleary finished the day with a 10th place finish. McCleary ended the race with a time of 16:07.6.
The Yellowjackets finished with four runners inside the top 15 when Tesfaye Young closed the race with a time of 16:25.7 for 15th place overall. Chase Belka was the fifth runner across the line for Perham. Belka finished with a time of 16:52.4. Belka finished in 27th place overall.
Owen Werner finished in 30th place overall with a time of 16:58.4. Carson Hespe rounded out the field for Perham with a time of 17:31.4 with a 37th place finish.
The Yellowjackets return to action on Thursday, Sept. 12 when they travel to Little Falls.