Anjalie Aho and Jade Rypkema lead the way in cross country meets

United North Central competed at New York Mills while Nevis ran at Moorhead.

High school cross country running

Anjalie Aho led the field with a winning 5K time of 20:35 in leading the United North Central girls cross country team to a runner-up finish at the New York Mills Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Joanna Lehto (seventh in 23:23), Elsa Komppa (eighth in 23:28), Brianna George (11th in 24:33) and Kaylie Westberg (12th in 24:37) rounded out the Warriors’ team score of 39. Wadena-Deer Creek was first with 24 points with New York Mills placing third with 66 points. New Testament Charter fielded an incomplete team. Mattea Smith (14th in 25:31) and Miley Westberg (15th in 25:35) also ran varsity for UNC.

In the boys meet, Bjorn Brunsberg clocked a winning 5K time of 18:18 in leading Wadena-Deer Creek to the team title with 21 points. New York Mills was second with 36 points while UNC and New Testament Charter had incomplete teams. Riley Livingston was fourth in 20:53 and Wesley Hodge finished 12th in 24:19 for the Warriors.

Tigers open season at Moorhead meet

Jade Rypkema, George Bjorklund and Evan Pohl all posted top 10 finishes as the Nevis cross country teams made their season debut at the Moorhead Dragon Twilight meet at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Sept. 10.

Rypkema won the girls 5K race in 19:18 while Nevis’ Savannah Anderson finished 70th in 26:29. There were 74 runners and 16 teams that competed in the girls race. Moorhead won the team title with 49 points.


In the boys 5K race, Bjorklund finished third in 17:00 and Pohl was eighth in 17:24 as Nevis’ only two varsity runners. Perham’s Jacob McCleary topped the 90-runner field with a winning time of 16:02. Perham won the team title with 46 points. A total of 19 boys teams competed.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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