By Tyler Ohmann
The Little Falls boys cross country team earned a first place finish at Wadena, Tuesday.
The Flyers were paced by junior Drew Peterson, who finished second with a season-best time of 17:47.4.
Senior Nolan Zimny came in seventh at 18:30.2, and junior Daniel Bartkowitz wasn’t far behind in ninth with a time of 18:44.8.
Senior Jonah Ploof was 10th and William Riitters finished 13th to round out the Flyers’ winning score of 41.
The Little Falls girls cross country team also did well at the meet, finishing in third place with 105 points.
Sophomore Kali Schirmers was the Flyers’ top runner, taking eighth with a 22:22.8 finish.
Junior Savea Zimmerman-Cameron clocked in at 23:27.7, which was 18th place. Madison Marquette was 20th and Dani Schirmers finished 24th.
The Flyers also competed at Brainerd’s annual “Run 4 Your Melon” meet, Sept. 1.
The Flyer boys finished third, once again led by Peterson, who finished ninth with a time of 18:30.91.
Zimny took 11th (18:44.12), Bartkowitz clocked in at 18:47 for 13th place and Ploof was 16th.
The Flyers girls finished sixth at the event, once again led by Kali Schirmers.
She ran to an 20th place finish and a time of 23:28.73.
Freshman Abby Borash took 22nd, and Zimmerman-Cameron was 26th.
Royals, Huskers race in
Maple Lake Invite
The Royalton and Holdingford cross country teams raced at the Maple Lake Invite, Sept. 1.
On the boys’ side, the Huskers had the better team finish of the two teams, taking third, while the Royals didn’t have enough runners to qualify.
However, Royalton had the best individual finish of the pair, as sophomore Christopher Borash finished eighth with a blistering 17:09.7.
Holdingford senior Lucas Ryan led the Huskers with a 12th place finish of 17:30.7.
Sophomore Anthony Royzycki was 25th for the Royals.
On the girls’ side, it was the Huskers who didn’t have enough racers to qualify, while the Royals took ninth place.
The top finisher of the two teams, however, was Holdingford senior Olivia Mokhtary, who was 26th place.
Freshman Grace Neutz was Royalton’s top finisher, with a time of 23:03.6, which was good for 31st place.
Sophomore Cari Simon took 53rd for Royalton.
Both the Royals and Huskers will be at Long Prairie, Monday, for a meet.
Little Falls’ next meet will be the annual Lucky Lindy, which is hosted by the Flyers at the Little Falls Country Club. Races for the meet will start at 4 p.m., Thursday.