The North Branch boys cross country team place ninth out of 11 teams, while the girls team took sixth out of 10 teams at the Milaca Early Bird Invitational Monday, Aug. 27. Kyle Crowell was the first Viking boy to cross the finish line coming in 43rd out of 78 runners. Same Peltier came in 48th, Alex Fitcha 50th, Noah Hubbard 51st, Cole Willis 59th, Ean Charpentier 61st and Zachary Peno 68th. The first Viking girl to finish was Rhianna Rinke placing fifth out of 78 competitors. Casey Hovland came in seventh, Alyssa Ramberg 37th, Claire Schraufnagel 53rd, Laura Dolezalek 64th and Kelsey Coleman 75th.