|9/19/2019 3:10:00 PM|
NB having troubles sticking with the pack in cross country
On Tuesday, September 10, the Mora Invitational was supposed to be a measuring stick for North Branch, and it was to a degree. It showed them how far they have to go to get back to the competitive times and results they used to enjoy.
The Vikings finished the girls half of the race in 13th place out of 13 teams while the boys finished 14th out of 15 teams.
The girls’ top finish came from Cora Hudella in 60th place with a time of 25:22. Melina Demars, Norah Judson, Julia Van Dyke, Mykala Sierra and Victoria Kent were the other finishers for North Branch.
For the boys, who tallied 368 team points, freshman Carson Klein was the top finisher. He came in 40th place with a time of 19:40. Zachary Johnson, Alex Dick, Paul Boelk and Jarett Nelson were the other races who completed the course for North Branch.
The Wildcats have learned to run in a pack, and it helped the girls to a second place finish at the Pine City Invitational.
Maya Aadland, Caroline Aili and Leah Dreckman all finished within 12 seconds of each other in 14th, 15th and 16th place. Christina Brunnette and Molly Moberg then finished close to each other in 23rd and 25th place, and it all tallied up to a 64 team score, just 14 points behind winner Spectrum.
The boys ended up in sixth place with Henry Johnson their top finishered in sixth place. The eighth grader finished in 18:27, surrounded by mostly upperclassmen.
Hayden Trupe came in 22nd, Grant Koehler in 34th place, Luke Velaski in 40th and the trio of Dan Istvanovich, Benjamin Paulson and William Lund in 44th, 45th and 46th place.