Kirra Johnson, Morgan Korf and Lily Williams.
Rachael Guler (L), Greta Tollefson (M), Hazel Haugrud (R)
Willem Pesch, Brody Syverson and Connor Larson.
Timmy Guler (L), Treyvon Benson (R)

Second home meet held on re-configured course

Light winds and mild temperatures made for perfect conditions as the runners prepared to race on their home course for the second time this season. 

They had run on this newly designed course two weeks earlier and had been waiting to run it again. 

“One sure way to measure progress is to run the same course twice in one season and then compare the times,” noted Coach Steve Maresh. 

Thirty of the thirty-two Viking runners ran faster times on Thursday, September 17 than they did back on September 3—on the same course, winding around and near the football and track field. Cross country meets have historically been hosted at Birchwood Golf Course. 

Pelican girls place second as team

The varsity girls team finished 2nd as a team with Sylvia Pesch leading the way. 

A faster than normal start allowed her to cut 1 minute and 45 seconds off her previous time which gave her a 2nd place individual finish. Kirra Johnson (5th) improved by 2 minutes and 12 seconds. 

Lily Williams (10th) cut 1 minute off her time. Greta Tollefson (14th) ran 1 minute and 19 seconds faster. Rachael Guler (15th) slashed 1 minute and 25 seconds and Lizzy Moe (17th) ran 53 seconds faster.

Boys finished 3rd as a team

The Varsity boys had similar time cuts with Charlie Larson (3rd) cutting 1 minute. Timmy Guler (10th) ran 1 minute 10 seconds faster. Treyvon Benson (12th) improved by 40 seconds. Willem Pesch (13th) ran 42 seconds faster. Brody Syverson (14th) ran 50 seconds faster. Sam Moe (15th) improved by 50 seconds and Connor Larson ran 2 minutes and 11 seconds faster. 

Junior varisity runners perform well 

In the boys junior varsity race, the team continued its success with a 1st place team finish. Julian Diaz ran an excellent race cutting 51 seconds off his time and finished in first place overall. Oakley Carlson (4th) and parker Sanchez (5th) do not have times to compare as they were injured the first time running in Pelican. 

Luke Sjolie (7th) and Cale Richardson (8th) helped the team earn a perfect score. Ethan Sjostrom (9th) ran 47 seconds faster. Philip Dykhoff (10th), Reece Henkes (12th) Ethan Walters (14th) and Esteban Garza (15th) also ran well.

Sadie Funk (5th) ran 29 seconds faster for the junior high girls. Dylan Hoadley (6th) cut 51 seconds from her previous time. Anna Roisum (8th) ran well and Hani Bashir (11th) continues to improve with each race.

Easton Munick (6th) improved 35 seconds and Karston Henkes (9th) improved an impressive 4 minutes and 12 seconds in the junior high boys 3200 meter race.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JILL ROISUM

Girls Individual Results

Individual Results: Girls Varsity – 22 runners

Name Place Mile 1 Mile 2 Time

Sylvia Pesch 2 6:56 7:26 22:37

Kirra Johnson 5 7:23 7:16 23:24

Lily Williams 10 7:25 8:02 24:25

Morgan Korf 11 7:25 8:00 24:31

Hazel Haugrud 13 7:51 8:20 25:12

Greta Tollefson 14 7:51 8:20 25:27

Rachael Guler 15 7:46 8:25 25:33

Lizzy Moe 17 7:52 8:56 26:22

Individual Results: Girls Junior High – 12 runners (3200 Meters)

Name Place Mile 1 Time

Sadie Funk 5 7:51 15:35

Dylan Hoadley 6 7:56 15:36

Anna Roisum 8 8:05 16:37

Hani Bashir 11 10:16 21:11

Boys Individual Results

Individual Results: Boys Varsity – 19 runners

Name Place Mile 1 Mile 2 Time

Charlie Larson 3 5:34 6:11 18:19

Timmy Guler 10 6:10 7:00 20:41

Treyvon Benson 12 6:10 7:00 20:44

Willem Pesch 13 6:18 6:55 20:48

Brody Syverson 14 6:18 6:57 20:52

Sam Moe 15 6:18 6:56 20:56

Connor Larson 16 6:18 6:57 20:57

Individual Results: Boys Junior Varsity – 15 runners

Name Place Mile 1 Mile 2 Time

Julian Diaz 1 6:28 6:58 21:11

Oakley Carlson 4 6:37 7:19 22:09

Parker Sanchez 5 6:44 7:24 22:23

Luke Sjolie 7 7:00 7:24 22:30

Cale Richardson 8 6:55 7:36 22:58

Ethan Sjostrom 9 6:57 7:41 23:05

Philip Dykhoff 10 6:58 7:40 23:09

Reece Henkes 12 6:58 7:55 23:43

Ethan Walters 14 7:05 8:20 24:22

Esteban Garza 15 7:09 7:18 25:07

Individual Results: Boys Junior High – 9 runners (3200 Meters)

Name Place Mile 1 Time

Easton Munick 6 7:50 15:07

Karston Henkes 9 9:24 22:25