Top-ranked Yellowjackets start out front
The top-ranked Perham girls cross country team found itself in a familiar spot after the Spartan Duals on Aug 25 at Bluestem in Fargo. The Yellowjackets' depth was on display throughout the event as they captured wins in every duel of the day.
The top-ranked Perham girls cross country team found itself in a familiar spot after the Spartan Duals on Aug 25 at Bluestem in Fargo. The Yellowjackets’ depth was on display throughout the event as they captured wins in every duel of the day.
The Spartan Duals are scored differently than your traditional high school cross country meet. The teams are paired against each other in a dual competition and scored against each other. Perham was victorious over Breckenridge/Wahpeton 15-44, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 15-59, Fargo North 19-37, Fargo South 15-43, and Fargo Shanley/Oak Grove/Park Christian 20-35.
Perham finished with three runners in the top five and five in the top 10 on their way to the victories. Fargo Shanley/Oak Grove/Park Christian’s Anna Bernhardt finished first overall. She crossed the line with a time of 20 minutes and 11.57 seconds.
Perham’s Caitlin Covington was the top finishing Yellowjacket. She finished second overall with a time of 20:27.8. Covington was followed closely by Liz Birkeland and Emily VanWatermulen. Birkeland was third at 20:35.70, while VanWatermulen came in fourth place. She finished with a time of 21:42.91.
Lauryn Rustad cracked the top 10 when she finished seventh at 21:49.03. Mya Morris came in eighth place at 21:52.49. Abby Tweeton rounded out the field for Perham. She came in 19th place overall at 23:30.44. The Yellowjackets were without the services of one of their top runners in Hailey Wegscheid. She was out of action due to a college visit.
The Yellowjackets head on the road again for the St. Olaf Showcase on Aug. 30 in Northfield, Minn. It’s one of the premier early season events and it’s at the site of the Class A State Championships, which gives the Yellowjackets a chance to run on the very familiar course and the site of their most recent success when they captured the title last year.
Perham 15 vs. Breckenridge/Wahpeton 44; Perham 15 vs. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 59; Perham 19 vs. Fargo North 37; Perham 15 vs. Fargo South 43; Perham 20 vs. Shanley/Oak Grove/Park Christian 35
1 Anna Bernhardt (S/OG/PC) 20:11.57; 2 Caitlin Covington (PER) 20:27.8; 3 Liz Birkeland (PER) 20:35.70; 4 Emily VanWatermulen (PER) 21:42.91; 5 Elle Sondag (FN) 21:44.15; 6 Anna Lien (FN) 21:45.26; 7 Lauryn Rustad (PER) 21:49.03; 8 Mya Morris (PER) 21:52.49; 9 Kiley Craft (S/OG/PC) 21:52.80; 10 Gabrielle Kramer (FN) 21:54.44.
2 Caitlin Covington 20:27.87; 3 Liz Birkeland 20:35.70; 4 Emily VanWatermulen 21:42.91; 7 Lauryn Rustad 21:49.03; 8 Mya Morris 21:52.49; 19 Abby Tweeton 23:30.44.