Cross country: Yellowjackets collect hardware at Heart O'Lakes Conference championships
The Perham cross country teams cruised to Heart O'Lakes Conference championships last Thursday. The New York Mills teams competed in Brandon last week.
HAWLEY –It’s no surprise when the Perham cross country teams bring home hardware from the Heart O’Lakes Conference championships. But even last Thursday turned some heads.
The girls won their 19th consecutive title, while the boys won their 20th in 21 years. Both teams cruised to first place in the team scores with staggering times.
The Perham girls won with a perfect score of 15. Gracie Morris led the Yellowjackets with a first-place time of 19:33.9. It notched her a conference championship and the second-fastest HOL Championship time in school history. It’s her second consecutive conference title.
Quincy Anderson (19:42.1) and Mya Morris (19:43.2) weren’t far behind in second and third place. Ella Hendrickson took fourth with a time of 19:52.1, while Leelou Novotny clocked in at 20:21.5 in fifth place. Caidyn Breid (20:33.4, 7th) and Myriah Tharaldson (20:56.8, 9th) also finished in the top 10. All seven girls earned All-Conference honors.
Bjorn Anderson took home another medalist honor in the boys race with a time of 16:24.1. He paced the Perham boys to a team score of 22, which was 50 points better than Pelican Rapids in second place. Anderson also clocked the second-fastest HOL time in school history.
Micah Thompson took second with a time of 16:49.9. Dylan Guck (17:02.8) and Caden Doll (17:03.8) finished back-to-back in fifth and sixth place. Carter Flatau rounded out the top five Yellowjackets with a time of 17:16.7. Brayden Glorvigen (17:55.0) and Blake Swenson (18:12.4) also finished with varsity times. The top six Perham boys earned All-Conference honors.
Both Perham teams came in at No. 2 in the State Cross Country Coaches Association polls. Anderson is the No. 3 ranked runner for the boys. Both Thompson and Gracie Morris are ranked No. 12.
New York Mills runs in A-B-E invite
The New York Mills cross country teams competed in the Ashby-Brandon-Evansville invite last Tuesday.
The girls took third place with a team score of 71. Brielle Malone finished in ninth place with a time of 22:09.2.
Katherine Garcia (23:56.3, 17th), McKenzie Draves (24:47.1, 19th) Morgyn O’Dea (27:41.1, 24th) and Rosemary Laudenbach (27:44.7, 25th) all clocked in varsity times.
The boys took sixth place with a team score of 1:57. Simon Snyder paced the Eagles with a time of 21:03.7, which was good enough for 24th place.
Elijah Geiser took 27th with a time of 21:52.4. Austin Geiser (23:26.3, 35th), Aaron Tumberg (23:34.8, 36th) and Jeron Witt (26:19.9, 39th) rounded out the group.