For the second straight meet, the Perham boys cross country team was edged out for first place when they competed in Wadena on Sept. 3 for the Johanna Olson Invitational.

The Yellowjacket pack was edged by Staples-Motley by just six points in the three team event. Staples-Motley finished with 26 points, while Perham came in second with 32 points. Wadena-Deer Creek fielded an incomplete team for team standings.

Perham had three runners inside the top five, but it was the Cardinal mid-pack that separated from Perham to secure the win.

The Cardinals were led by Emmet Anderson. Anderson is the second-ranked runner in the state and he was able to cruise to the victory. He finished with a time of 16 minutes and 15.4 seconds to secure the win. He was followed by a pair of Yellowjacket runners in Jakob McCleary and Carson Hespe.

Perham's Jakob McCleary leads the way for the Yellowjackets during the Olson Invitational. McCleary finished second behind Staples-Motley's Emmet Anderson. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)
Perham's Jakob McCleary leads the way for the Yellowjackets during the Olson Invitational. McCleary finished second behind Staples-Motley's Emmet Anderson. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)

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McCleary is the third-ranked runner in Class A and finished with a time of 17 minutes and 20.3 seconds for second place. Hespe came in third with a time of 17:45.8. Isaiah Tabbatt finished fourth for Staples-Motley with a time of 18:00.9, while Perham’s Micah Thompson was fifth overall at 18:02.6.

Perham's Carter Flatau sprints towards the finish line of the Olson Invitational on Sept. 3 in Wadena. ( Jason Groth / Perham Focus)
Perham's Carter Flatau sprints towards the finish line of the Olson Invitational on Sept. 3 in Wadena. ( Jason Groth / Perham Focus)

The Cardinals claimed the next four spots in the top 10 before Perham’s Carter Flatau crossed the line in 10th place. Flatau finished with a time of 18:43.1. Bjorn Anderson came in 12th place with a time of 19:26.0, while Caden Doll was 13th at 19:30.2 for Perham. Elijah Morris rounded out the field for the Yellowjackets when he came in 17th place with a time of 20:45.6.

The Yellowjackets are back in action when they run on Sept. 10 at Detroit Lakes. The varsity races are set to begin at 6 and 6:40 p.m.

Perham's Bjorn Anderson focuses in on the finish line as he closes out the Olson Invitational at the Whitetail Run Golf Course in Wadena. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)
Perham's Bjorn Anderson focuses in on the finish line as he closes out the Olson Invitational at the Whitetail Run Golf Course in Wadena. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)

Johanna Olson Invitational

Boys Team Results

Staples-Motley 26, Perham 32, Wadena-Deer Creek INC.

Individual Results

1 Emmet Anderson, SM, 16:15.4; 2 Jakob McCleary, PER, 17:20.3; 3 Carson Hespe, PER, 17:45.8; 4 Issiah Tabatt, SM, 18:00.9; 5 Micah Thompson, PER, 18:02.6; 6 Lyle Brownell, SM, 18:24.4; 7 Tanner Robben, SM, 18:35.9; 8 Luke Brownell, SM, 18:36.2; 9 Logan Robben, SM, 18:39.2; 10 Carter Flatau, PER, 18:43.1; 11 Grant Johnson, SM, 18:43.5; 12 Bjorn Anderson, PER, 19:26.0; 13 Caden Doll, PER, 19:30.2; 14 Sam Jennissen, SM, 19:38.8; 15 Bjorn Brunsberg, WDC, 19:57.3; 16 Lane Hoefs, WDC, 20:01.0; 17 Elijah Morris, PER, 20:45.6; 18 Phillip Ross, WDC, 21:46.9; 19 Eric Malone, WDC, 23:04.1.