Duluth weather challenges Viking runners

NB girls take ninth of 25

Senior Casey Hovland races along the course at the Swain Invitational in Duluth last weekend.  Photo supplied

Senior Casey Hovland races along the course at the Swain Invitational in Duluth last weekend.
Photo supplied

The Viking boys and girls cross-country teams endured extreme running conditions in Duluth over the weekend while competing in the Swain Invitational.

The girls team took ninth place of 25 teams in Class AA, led by freshman Rhianna Rinke, who took ninth place out of 168 racers with a time of 15:50. Seniors Casey Hovland and Cassidy White followed in 39th and 59th place, respectively, with times of 17:05 and 17:32. Rounding out the scoring for the Vikings was freshman Madison Belland in 65th place with a time of 17:38 and sophomore Laura Dolezalek in 19:14 (156th place).

Earlier in the week, the North Branch girls took third place at the Becker Invitational, led again by Rinke, who captured first place with a time of 14:52. Hovland and White came up big again for the Vikings, contributing to the top-three finish behind Mora and the host team with times of 16:03 and 16:19.

The Viking boys earned 24th out of 26 teams competing in the cold climate, rain and strong winds in Duluth this weekend.

Leading North Branch was senior Kyle Granger with a time of 18:53 (112th place of 180), followed by senior Kyle Crowell with a time of 19:15.

Granger also led his team at the Becket Invitational with a time of 18:55, where they took sixth place.

Head coach Tom Kingsland said he is pleased with the performance of his athletes over the past week.

“They have continued to work hard and improve their times every week, Kingsland said. “We are really excited to see how our athletes perform as we get closer to conference and sections.”

The Vikings hit the course again on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Chisago Lakes and next travel to St. Francis on Tuesday, Oct. 15, for the Mississippi Eight Conference meet.

 

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