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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.

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The Perham cross country teams celebrate Heart O'Lakes Conference championships on Oct. 13, 2022 in Hawley.
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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.

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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.

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New York Mills' Brielle Malone runs in the Ashby-Brandon-Evansville invite on Oct. 11, 2022 in Brandon.
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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.

HEART O’LAKES CONFERENCE GIRLS TEAM SCORES- 1- Perham 15, 2- Hawley 61, 3- Breckenridge-Wahpeton 65, 4- Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 109

PERHAM GIRLS VARSITY FINISHERS- 1- Gracie Morris 19:33.9, 2- Quincy Anderson 19:42.1, 3- Mya Morris 19:43.2, 4- Ella Hendrickson 19:52.1, 5- Leelou Novotny 20:21.5, 7- Caidyn Breid 10:33.4, 9- Myriah Tharaldson 20:56.8

HEART O’LAKES CONFERENCE BOYS TEAM SCORES- 1- Perham 22, 2- Hawley 72, 3- Lake Park- Audubon 88, 4- Pelican Rapids 98, 5- Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 104, 6- Breckenridge-Wahpeton 154, 7- Frazee 187

PERHAM BOYS VARSITY FINISHERS- 1- Bjorn Anderson 16:24.1, 2- Micah Thompson 16:49.9, 5- Dylan Guck 17:02.8, 6- Caden Doll 17:03.8, 8- Carter Flatau 17:16.7, 10- Blake Swenson 18:12.4

ASHBY-BRANDON-EVANSVILLE GIRLS TEAM SCORES- 1- Wadena-Deer Creek 22, Ottertail Central 42, 3- New York Mills 71

NEW YORK MILLS GIRLS VARSITY FINISHERS- 9- Brielle Malone 22:09.2, 17- Katherin Garcia 23:56.3, 14- McKenzie Draves 24:47.1, 24- Morgyn O’Dea 27:41.1, 25- Rosemary Laudenbach 27:44.7

ASHBY-BRANDON-EVANSVILLE BOYS TEAM SCORES- 1- Bertha-Hewitt 27, 2- Ottertail Central 52, 3- Wadena-Deer Creek 70, 4- Ashby-Brandon-Evansville 104, 5- Parkers Prairie 109, 6- New York Mills 154

NEW YORK MILLS BOYS VARSITY FINISHERS- 24- Simon Snyder 21:03.7, 27- Elijah Geiser 21:52.4, 35- Austin Geiser 23:26.3, 36- Aaron Tumberg 23:34.8, 39- Jeron Witt 26:19.9

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New York Mills' Elijah Geiser runs in the Ashby-Brandon-Evansville invite on Oct. 11, 2022 in Brandon.
Sam Stuve / Forum News Service

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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