Viking girls take first at home meet

Crowell finishes in top 10 for boys

The North Branch girls cross-country team earned high placements during its home meet on Thursday, Sept. 12, finishing in first place of three complete schools with runners representing seven schools.

Freshman Rhianna Rinke kicked up dust on the course by taking first place for the second year in a row, this time out of 28 runners with a time of 15:30. Sealing second place was teammate and senior Casey Hovland with a time of 16:14, followed by senior Cassidy White in 16:47, good for fourth place.

Rounding out the scoring for the Vikings was senior Haley Huset and freshman Madison Belland in 16th and 17th place, respectively.

“Both Rhianna and Casey ran good races and both were happy with their results, Cassidy as well,” interim head coach Tom Kingsland said. “We’ll continue to improve as the season goes on — we feel more confident with three very strong runners out front for us.”

On the boys side, the Vikings placed third of five teams on the day.

Kyle Crowell paved the way for North Branch as the top Viking finisher in 10th place out of 34 with a time of 19:05.

Kyle Granger came in 14th in 19:14, followed closely by Josh Petrik with a time of 19:17, good for 15th place.

Alex Fitcha and Hector Rosedales added to the Viking score by taking 18th and 20th place, respectively.

Kingsland, who is filling in for head coach Anna Geary while she is on maternity leave, said he doesn’t mind the current issue he has with the boys team because it shows depth in the squad.

“The biggest thing with the boys is that we are continually shuffling about 10 guys on varsity,” Kingsland said. “It’s a nice problem to have that they are very, very competitive for those spots.”

Of Kingsland’s 43 runners, 40 earned personal bests on the year.

The Viking boys traveled for a meet to Big Lake on Tuesday, and both the girls and boys teams travel to Milaca on Saturday, Sept. 21 for the Milaca Mega Meet, featuring more than 3,000 runners. The race begins at 10 a.m.


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