8th graders Annika Aho and Lars Keranen were able to showcase their running abilities on a cold, windy hilltop in Duluth on Saturday. Running against their own age level they showed why they are competing at the varsity level in other races. Aho pulled away from the second place finisher in the last 200 meters of her 3000 meter race to win the middle school race by 5 seconds. The next race Keranen got out strong and held on to a 4th place finish in his 3000 meter race. The girls team, competing without top runner Alyssa Peterson finished 3rd out of 20 schools. Fellow 8th graders Cierra Ahlf and Megan Hendrickson also placed in the top 11. The boys were one runner short of having a complete team but all 4 of them finished in the top 33 out of 186 boys.
The varsity groups both ran unattached as some runners were using the weekend as a recovery weekend. On the boys side Sterling Crabb let the lead running a very respectable 20:05 on the toughest course of the year. Andrea Korvela led the girls running tough as well.
A portion of the team competes Monday night in Henning while the other portion prepares for the Junior High Conference meet at the Warriors home course at Blueberry Pines golf course.