Cross country: Both Perham teams finish second in Willmar

The Perham cross country teams finished in second place and came in as the second-ranked Class A team in the most recent state-wide rankings.

Perham's Gracie Morris, 7033, runs with Willmar's Lauren Eilers at the Willmar Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar.
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WILLMAR – The Perham cross country teams are heading into their final month of the regular season after another great showing in Willmar on Saturday.

Both the boys and girls teams took second place at the Willmar Glacial Lakes Invitational.

The Perham girls were led by Gracie Morris, who took fourth place with a time of 19:31.0. Ella Hendrickson finished in 11th at 20:09.1, while Quincy Anderson (20:37.1, 15th) and Caidyn Breid (20:52.0, 20th) notched top-20 finishes. Leelou Novotny rounded out the top five for the Yellowjackets in 25th place with a time of 20:59.8.

Perham's Bjorn Anderson reaches the midway point at the Willmar Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar.
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Bjorn Anderson turned in another impressive finish in fourth place with a time of 16:19.8, which was good enough for fourth place. Micah Thompson clocked in at 16:58.1 in eighth. Dylan Guck (17:36.0, 16th), Caden Doll (17:48.6, 23rd) and Carter Flatau (17:59.1, 27th) completed the Yellowjackets’ top five times.

Both Perham teams finished with 75 points. Marshall won the girls race with a score of 67. St. Cloud Cathedral (93), Willmar (102) and Eagan (115) trailed Perham.


The boys trailed Hopkins by 10 points in second place. Eagan (105), Luverne (119) and Marshall (130) rounded out the top five team scores.

Luverne’s Jenna DeBates clocked the top time in the girls race at 19:13.8. Willmar’s Sully Anez paced the boys at 15:56.6.

Both Perham teams came in as the second-ranked Class A teams in the State Cross Country Coaches Association polls. Bjorn Anderson is now the third-ranked runner, while Thompson is No. 8. Gracie Morris is the No. 12 girls runner in the state.

WILLMAR GLACIAL LAKES GIRLS TEAM SCORES- 1- Marshall 67, 2-Perham 75, 3- St. Cloud Cathedral 93, 4- Willmar 102, 5- Eagan 115, 6- Hopkins 141, 7- Canby-Minneota 117, 8- Luverne 191, 10- Totino Grace 301, 11- St. Anthony Village 303, 12- Pipestone 306

PERHAM GIRLS VARSITY FINISHERS- 4- Gracie Morris 19:31.0, 11- Ela Hendrickson 20:09.1, 15- Quincy Anderson 20:37.1, 25- Leelou Novotny 20:59.8, 39- My Morris 21:39.5, 42- Myriah Tharaldson 21:45.1, 52- Lauryn Rustad 22:12.9, 59- Aspen Rohde 22:43.4

WILLMAR GLACIAL LAKES BOYS TEAM SCORES- 1- Hopkins 65, 2- Perham 78, 3- Eagan 105, 4- Luverne 119, 5- Marshall 130, 6- Sartell 145, 7- Willmar 170, 8- Totino Grace 170, 9- Canby-Minneota 173, 10- St. Anthony Village 220

PERHAM BOYS VARSITY FINISHERS- 4- Bjorn Anderson 16:19.8, 8- Micah Thompson 16:58.1, 16- Dylan Guck 17:36.0, 23- Caden Doll 17:48.6, 27- Carter Flatau 17:59.1, 37- Blake Swenson 18:22.9, 38- Brayden Glorvigen 18:24.3, 40- Henry Mathiason 18:26.5, 55- Matt Jorgenson 19:01.9, 58- Bryce Brown 19:08.2,

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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