Hurley, Perham boys win Shocky Strand InvitePublished 9:13am Tuesday, August 27, 2013
As the dog days of summer dwindle into the fall, the Moorhead Spuds hosted the Shocky Strand Invitational, a cross country season opener, Monday.
The Perham Yellowjacket boys and Keeghan Hurley picked up where they had left off last season as Hurley claimed the individual title, while the ‘Jackets took home the team title.
Hurley’s time of 17:06.8 was well ahead of Bemidji’s Sam Carlson (17:31.1). Tom Seifert (17:34.7) of Wilmar rounded out the top three.
Perham took the team title with a score of 46, followed by Willmar (65) and Bemidji (67).
Fergus Falls, running without senior captains Connor Danielson and Jacob Jennen, finished with a score of 277. Austin Gendron paced the Otters with a time of 22:27.0 for 44th place, while Andrew Christensen (24:42.6) finished in 56th.
Pelican Rapids boys also competed at the meet and finished with a team score of 188. The Vikings were led by Mahad Aden (19:16.4), who finished in 20th, followed by teammated Alejandro Romero in 36th place with a time of 20:38.8.
In girls action, Perham (96) finished in fourth, Pelican Rapids (153) took fifth and Fergus Falls (164) landed in the sixth spot.
Bemidji claimed the title with a team score of 35, followed by Willmar (38) and host Moorhead (67).
Perham’s Brynnan Covington finished in seventh with a time of 16:36.5. Teammates Lizzie Fudge (17:13.7, 16th) and Sydney Karels (17:29.1, 18th) both placed in the top 20 at the meet.
Emily Bakken led the charge for the Viking girls as she finished 15th with a time of 17:12.4. Tianna Wald (17:39.1) crossed the finish line in 21st.
Fergus Falls’ Paige Larson was the top finisher for the Otters finishing in 25th (17:51.1), while teammate Jose Schmidt (18:25.1) took 29th place.
“The weather has not been very cooperative for fall sports,” Otter coach Nikki Welde said. “The heat and humidity were oppressive to run in, but we were able to get this meet in.”
The Otters and Vikings will look to build on its first meet as it travels to Detroit Lakes Thursday, Sept. 5 for a meet at the Detroit Lakes Country Club at 4:30 p.m.
The Yellowjackets will be back in action Tuesday as it travels to Wadena-Deer Creek for a 4:30 p.m. invite.