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Cross country: Morris, Anderson pace 21st Black and Yellow two-mile time trials

Gracie Morris and Bjorn Anderson paced Perham's two-mile time trials on Saturday.

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Quincy Anderson, left, Mya Morris, middle, and Gracie Morris finished in the top three in the Perham boys cross country two-mile time trials on Aug. 20, 2022.
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PERHAM – The Perham cross country teams did its annual two-mile time trials on Saturday for the 21st time.

Gracie Morris clocked in the best time for the girls at 12:29, followed by Mya Morris (12:42) and Quincy Anderson (13:11). Bjorn Anderson notched the top spot for the boys at 10:38. Micah Thomas (10:56) and Caden Doll (11:13) rounded out the top three.

Eighth-graders Tessa Starzl and Micah Balderston had the biggest year-to-year time drops. Starzl cut 4:07 off her 2021 time, while Balderston shaved 4:56.

The Perham cross country teams had 75 kids complete the time trials, with 13 who weren’t able to make it. The 88 kids officially out for cross country makes this one of the largest teams in program history.

“This year was not only the biggest time trial ever for the 21st Black and Yellow two-mile time trial, but the deepest and fastest overall time trial in team history,” head coach Jeff Morris said. “Girls have one of the top-five team averages all time and lowest spreads all time. When you combine those two stats, it might be one of the best time trials ever for girls as a team. For sure depth, no question. Same for the boys.”

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The Yellowjackets will host the Brave Like Gabe invite on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Arvig Park.

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Caden Doll, left, Michah Thompson, middle and Bjorn ANderson finished in the top three in the Perham boys cross country two-mile time trials on Aug. 20, 2022.
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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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