Viking runners post personal best times

Rhianna Rinke was once again the first Viking girl to cross the finish line, coming in fourth out of 148 runners, with a new personal best time of 14:41.7 at the Milaca Mega Meet. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

It was a week filled with extra doses of dashing for the North Branch cross country teams, with the girls and boys competing in two meets last week.

On Sept. 18, the Viking girls team placed fourth, and the boys eighth in the Hudson Invitational.

Eighth grader Rhianna Rinke took first (15:12.1) out of 59 competitors in the girls 4k race.

Haley Huset came in 16th (16:29.9); Casey Hovland 18th (16:36.7); Cassidy White 28th (17:26.2); Alyssa Ramberg 36th (18:04.6); Claire Schraufnagel 42nd (18:34.1); and Laura Dolezalek 45th (18:39.8).

Ean Charpentier was the first Viking boy to finish, coming in 33rd (18:59.7) out of 64 runners in the 5k competition.

Kyle Crowell finished 36th (19:07.2), with Zachary Peno securing a 39th- place finish (19:13.2). Josh Petrik finished 42nd (19:18.1), Kyle Granger 46th (19:37.2), Scott Ranberg 51st (19:59.2) and Noah Hubbard 56th (20:49.1).

“The kids ran well and had very consistent races,” Coach Anna Geary said. “It’s hard to come off the North Branch Golf Course’s flat race course and then head to hilly Hudson and try to PR (personal record) five days later. A few pulled off the feat, but many were satisfied to be close to their Thursday race times.”

Last Saturday, the team competed in the Milaca Mega Meet where the girls team took fifth out of 20 teams, while the boys team placed 17th out of 22 in the Class AAA races.

Rinke faced tough competition and was once again the first Viking girl to cross the finish line, coming in fourth out of 148 runners, with a new personal best time of 14:41.7.

Hovland placed 19th (15:44); Huset 22nd (15:53.4); White 46th (16:35.7); Schraufnagel 90th (17:32.6); Ramberg 94th (17:32.6) and Dolezalek 103rd (17:46.3).

Charpentier was the first Viking boy finisher, coming in to place 51st out of 149 competitors with a time of 17:41.3.

Peno placed 91st (18:29); Granger 92nd (18:29.9); Jake Petrik 109th (18:51.8); Alex Fitcha 114th (19:01.2) Hubbard 118th (19:18.5); and Ramberg 144th (21:27.9).

“The day was filled with many personal bests and some awesome performances all around,” Geary said. “Ean Charpentier had a standout race, getting his time down into the 17 min range. A couple varsity runners were also out with injuries, but were able to fill those shoes with two outstanding junior runners, Alex Fitcha and Noah Hubbard. Joel Moore took off eight minutes. Scott Ramberg had a tough race, but still improved by over five minutes. Many others had outstanding races and phenomenal personal records. Both Sam Wiberg and Jack Kennedy took off seven minutes from the beginning of the season to now.”

Claire Schraufnagel and Laura Dolezalek both had personal records on the course. The two worked together on the race course, and pushed each other to over 40-second personal bests. Anna Perrault took off two minutes from earlier in the season, when she raced the same course in August. Kelsey Coleman ran her season and lifetime personal best on this course as well.

The North Branch girls and boys cross country teams will compete in an invitational at St. Croix Falls High School at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

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