September 23, 2010 at 10:08 a.m.
At the annual North Branch Invitational last week, the boys finished in second place while the girls took home the championship with five other teams in attendance for the meet.
The girls got a top spot in the team results, and the top spot in the individual results. Megan Zimmerman took the top spot, finishing the race in 16:33, just edging out Megan Miesner of Pine City en route to the title.
Alyssa Ramberg came in fourth place overall, and third in the actual standings with a time of 16:52. Because Moose Lake-Willow River didn't have a complete team, the third place finish of Kathryn Moonen didn't count towards team standings.
After the top two girls, a pack of three came storming in about a half minute late. Haley Huset finished in seventh place overall with a time of 17:03, and right behind her in eight and ninth place were Kendra Norman at 17:16 and Casey Hovland at 17:20.
The girls didn't stop flodding across the finish line, either. Cassidy White finished in 14th place with a time of 17:51, Rachel Fitcha finished in 16th place with a time of 18:13 and Grace Hischer and Carly Hinschberger finished back-to-back in 18th and 19th place, with times of 18:23 and 18:31, respectively.
Carrie Hischer, Natasha Shir, Rebecca Ramberg, Bonnie Haslach, Marissa Morganstern and Kelsey Coleman rounded out the junior varsity runners in the race for the girls.
On the day, North Branch scored 25 points to keep the championship at home. The win was a relative breeze, as second place Pine City scored 51 points. East Central had 76 points and Braham rounded out the complete teams with 83 points.
The boys didn't have quite the success the girls did, but they still earned a tie for second place with Rush City.
Tommy Toohey and Colin Charpentier were the top North Branch finishers. Toohey came across in third place with a time of 17:37, and Charpentier finished in fourth place with an 18:06.
Jon Amundson was the next Viking to break the finish line, completing the race in 19:06. Not far behind him was fellow Viking Erik Fitcha. Fitcha came in 13th place overall with a time of 19:35.
After Fitcha, a hoard of Vikings crossed together. Zach Peno, Ean Charpentier, Mike Vogel, Kyle Crowell, Alex Fitcha and Noah Hubbard came in 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st, ranging in time from 19:57 for Peno to 20:27 for Hubbard.
Branden Heidelberger, Seth Eastwood, Joshua Frich, Josh Kloos, Garrett Smetana, Joe Meemken, Blake Degerstrom and Kyle Granger finished out the junior varisty portion of the meet with their finishes.
As a team, North Branch scored 56 points, which was well behind the winning team from the north, Pine City. The Dragons scored 36 points in their win. Rush City tied with North Branch at 56 points, and the last complete team at the event was Moose Lake/Willow River. They had 99 points on the day.
Both Braham and East Central featured incomplete teams that had a few runners populating the course at the North Branch Golf Course.