Eighth grader Rhianna Rinke once again crossed the finish line first, leading the North Branch girls cross country team to victory in the meet held last Thursday at St. Croix Falls High School.
Rinke finished the 4k in 15:17, while Casey Hovland followed in second (16:33.4), Sophie Klein third (16:50), Haley Huset fourth (16:56.8) and Cassidy White ninth (17:38.4).
They all earned medals out of 48 competitors.
Claire Schraufnagel placed 14th, Alyssa Ramberg 18th, Laura Dolezalek 21st, Megan Piotrowski 35th, Erin Kvam 37th, Kelsey Coleman 39th and Anna Perrault 41st out of 48 runners.
The Vikings boys team placed third, led by senior Zach Peno coming in ninth (18:17.78) to medal in the 5k run out of 73 runners.
Kyle Crowell finished 16th, Ean Charpentier 17th, Kyle Granger 20th, Jake Petrik 22nd, Scott Ramberg 23rd, Josh Petrik 27th, Noah Hubbard 34th, Alex Fitcha 37th, Jake Bear 38th, Cole Willis 41st, Joshua Frich 42nd, Austen Wek 48th, Ryan Hillestad 54th, Dominic Hufford 56th, Joel Moore 57th, Daniel Scarborough 58th, Seth Phillips 64th, Cameron Hufford 67th and Jack Kennedy 73rd.
“Brought to you by Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I will Survive,’ we conquered a somewhat confusing race course and managed to not lose anyone in the process,” said Coach Anna Geary. “The fall leaves were gorgeous as the kids wound their way through the school’s forested trails. The dusty fields reminded all of us as to how much rain we really need. But of course, now that I have put that in print, we’ll probably get a downpour for every meet here on out. It was a tough course and a hot day, but Zach Peno and Scott Ramberg had their season PRs (personal records). Way to go!”
The North Branch boys and girls cross country teams will compete in an invitational at Becker High School at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 before competing in the Swain Invitational at Enger Golf Course in Duluth at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.