Phillip Kleinschmidt
Megan Guler and Kirra Johnson
Janae LaFerriere, Lizzy Moe, and Dylan Hoadley
Pelican runners Grady Larson, Connor Larson, Sam Moe, Julian Diaz, Brady Petznick, Parker Sanchez, Phillip Dykhoff are visible in this image, as the boys cross country runners take off at the home Glenn Moerke meet.

Glenn Moerke event drew runners from five schools in region

The Viking cross country teams hosted the annual Glen Moerke Invitational at Chauncey Martin Complex on September 30. 

Participating teams included Park Rapids, Bertha Hewitt, Lake Park-Audubon, and Verndale.

 The Larson trio continues to hold the top three spots on the boys’ varsity team. 

Brothers Charlie Larson and Grady Larson along with teammate Connor Larson have been mainstays in practice and meets. Charlie Larson won the Moerke race with a time of 17:23. Coming into the last mile, Larson trailed the runner from Bertha Hewitt, but patiently moved up, and took over first place in the final 400m of the race. Grady Larson placed sixth, running his smartest race of the season, and his time of 18:27 was just fourteen seconds off his personal best time posted at Ada. He had the most consistent mile splits of the season and had enough energy at the end to pass runners in front of him. Connor Larson placed sixteenth with his time of 19:30.

Pesch, Guler, Kleinschmidt top Lady Viking finishers 

 On the girls’ side, Sylvia Pesch was the top individual runner for the Vikings. Her time of 22:09 earned her 4th place. 

Following close behind were Megan Guler and Olivia Kleinschmidt. These three were the top three runners for the second week in a row, but Guler was the second runner on the team this week with a time of 22:36, good for 5th place and a near personal best. Kleinschmidt was close behind in 7th place. 

Rounding out the top five runners were Kira Johnson, who placed 9th with her time of 23:15, and Dylan Hoadley with a time of 25:33. The Viking girls took home the team title.

 Diaz, Pierce are “Movers and Shakers”

Posting personal bests and earning the “Mover and Shaker” awards this week were Julian Diaz and Kendall Krueger Pierce. Diaz posted a 5k time of 20:10, his best time of    the season by fifteen seconds. He has consistently been looking stronger and stronger in workouts and ran a smart race. Krueger Pierce took more than one minute off her 3200m time, posting a personal best time of 21:27. She comes to practice and meets with a relentless attitude. She works hard, battles through, and is starting to see the hard work pay off.