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.
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.
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.