Perham hosted their home Cross Country Invitational at Arvig Park on Thursday and the Yellowjackets placed second in the girls’ varsity race with a score of 69. Lakeville South was the team champion with 40 points. Third place went to Moorhead with 92. They were followed by Bemidji 129, Minnewaska Area 168, Little Falls 198, Park Rapids Area 225, Wadena-Deer Creek 230, Fergus Falls 237, United North Central 249, West Central Area 268, Ottertail Central 299, Pelican Rapids 312, New York Mills 390 and Frazee 390.
Full results can be found at https://www.gsetiming.com/results/cc_rslts/cc_rslts.asp
"The Perham boys and girls really showed out in front of their home crowd today at Arvig Park," commented Perham Head Coach Jeff Morris. "It all started with close 200-300 Mighty Mite elementary runners taking on the course in Perham. Next up the Junior High girls set the tone by taking home the team title by 31 points over Moorhead. Jillian Bain and Aurora Schumacker paced the Jackets finishing 4th and 5th overall. Addison Dilly, Taylor Toedter, Nora Rosenthal, and Sophia Lamb also posted Top 15 finishes. In our JV races both our girls and boys had really strong finishes. The girls were 2nd overall to Lakeville South putting 5 girls in the Top 15. Mia Lung, Ella Hendrickson, Caidyn Breid, Stella Strong, and Olivia Rosenthal earned top 15 finishes in the JV girls races to secure a 2nd place finish behind Lakeville South."
Jade Rypkema of Nevis won the girls' varsity individual title with a time of 18:31.238 and Mia Hoffman of Bemidji was runner-up at 18:38.245. Third place went to Claire Vukovics (18:55.644) of Lakeville South, Gracie Morris (19:18.171) of Perham was fourth, Lexi Bright (19:28.253) of West Central Area claimed fifth and Cassie Wellman (19:32.682) of Fergus Falls finished sixth. Rounding out the top ten were Avery Heinz (19:39.120) and Brycelyn Brewster (19:45.209) of Lakeville South, Carlie Sheldon (19:45.550) of Moorhead and Quincy Anderson (19:48.140) of Perham.
6. Cassie Wellman 19:32.682, 43. Ainsley Hansen 21:36.969, Rebecca Schindler 22:45.756, 68. Sarah Grotberg 22:55.651, 75. Naomi Dummer 23:31.222, 85. Ellia Soydara 24:32.785, 88. Julia Anderson 25:02.207
“Cassie Wellman made the medal stand in the Varsity race with her season best time and Ainsley Hansen ran another season best time running second for the Otters,” said Head Coach Niki Welde. “Ainsley just keeps creeping up on her all-time best. Becca Schindler dropped 44 seconds on her best to run a solid third place for us. She looked strong and confident in her race. Sarah Grotberg continues to impress me with her aggressive race this season. Naomi Dummer did not have the race she wanted but showed her grit by rounding out our scoring 5 athletes. Violet McConn also represented the Otters on the medal stand in the Middle School race. Competition was tough with Moorhead, Bemidji and Lakeville North in attendance.”
4. Gracie Morris 19:18.171, 10. Quincy Anderson 19:48.140, 12. Leeloou Novotny 19:51.156, 22. Liz Birkeland 20:19.187, 28. Avalee Brown 20:47.687, 32. Kaia Starzl 20:55.682, 38. Aspen Rohde 21:21.113
"Our varsity girls had a huge day, finishing just 19 points behind #8AAA Lakeville South," said Coach Morris. The girls we led by Gracie Morris who ran a personal best of 19:18 finishing 4th overall. Gracie was awesome today and was not afraid to mix it up at the front. At the mile and a half, Gracie was right with the top 3. At one point she even took the lead. It was awesome to see her confidence to run with some of the best runners in the State. Quincy Anderson and Leelou Novotny both ran extremely well earning Top 15 finishes running 19:48 and 19:51 respectively. This was huge for both of these girls. Quincy has been so consistent and from her workouts, you can definitely tell she is gonna continue to get faster. Liz Birkeland, Avalee Brown, Kaia Starzl, and Aspen Rohde rounded out our Top 7. The key to our girl's success is how the 5-7 pack is closing the gap to our 1-4 pack."
West Central Area
5. Lexi Bright 19:28.253, 41. Terina Blasyck 21:27.241, 64. Kyra Beyer 22:47.628, 83. Alexa Blume 24:04.222, 97. Ava Lohse 26:25.218
37. Erika Heibel 21:18.156, 40. Kyleigh Shebeck 21:21.209, 72. Laney Frost 23:08.472, 78. Raeanne Frost 23:39.253, 96. Allyson Goodman 26:14.135
The girls were without usual top runner Norah Froslee, but Erika Heibel and Kyleigh Schebeck both stepped up running All-Time Bulldog top 10 times. Heibel’s time of 21:19 is now 4th on that list and Shebeck’s time of 21:21 is 5th. Laney Frost ran a season best time of 23:08, and Raeanne Frost just missed a season best with her time of 23:39. “The girls ran well today,” reported head coach Brady Speicher. “We planned on having them get out a little quicker than normal and they executed a perfect racing strategy. Erika and Ky ran together and both were rewarded with new personal bests.”
United North Central
15. Anjalie Aho 19:57.178, 49. Elsa Komppa 21:53.245, 59. Joanna Lehto 22:24.104, 65. Miley Westberg 22:54.164, 79. Kaylee Westberg 23:50.178, 81. Hope Shepersky 23:55.991, 84. Brianna George 24:25.187
29. Johanna Brunsberg 20:48.104, 39. Amber Collins 21:21.128, 42. Britta Sweeney 21:28.178, 67. Karly Haverkamp 22:55.198, 71. Emma Ries 23:05.760, 73. Ally Pavek 23:19.760, 89. Leah Osberg 25:06.125
44. Sylvia Pesch 21:43.207, 52. Olivia Kleinschmidt 22:02.147, 58. Megan Guler 22:17.207, 90. Janae LaFerriere 25:14.959, 92. Dylan Hoadley 25:28.213
New York Mills
46. Jada Goeson 21:47.151, 76. Breille Malone 23:33.785, 98. Macy Koljonen 26:36.578, 99. Kaitlyn Geiser 26:59.203, 101. Morgyn O’Dea 27:11.25, 104. Rosemary Laudenbach 28:01.425
61. Braylee Riewer 22:40.703, 80. Bailey Larsen 23:55.444, 86. Alexis Mack 24:54.164, 91. Taylor Perrine 25:16.156, 100. Claire Pausch 27:08.100, 105. McKenzie Wake 28:04.910
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy
31. Katie Frank-Holzner 20:50.979
74. Emma Friend 23:28.213, 95. Alexis Rude 25:47.448
82. Sarah Toyli 24:03.253, 106. Taylor Duberowski 28:46.682