The Viking cross country teams finished near the top of the large fields at Tuesday’s Dick Pollitt-Go Hawk Classic.

Scoring system

The Classic utilizes a different scoring method than other meets. Each high school squad is divided into grades. Harriers compete against runners only at their age level. To form an overall team score, the squad’s top-five runners, with no more than two representatives for each grade level, are combined. Individual grade level races are scored by each team’s top-three runners.

Viking women

It was a one-point advantage for Denver over the Lady Vikes in the cumulative team scoring as the Cyclones claimed the title with 28 points. Decorah tied with Aplington-Parkersburg with 29; however, the tie-breaker went to the Vikings.

“We handled the heat well and I am proud of the effort of all the girls in this meet,” said Lady Vikes coach Cristy Nimrod.

As a group, the seniors and freshmen finished on top. The older athletes posted a combined score of 23, with an average time of 22:14 and a spread of 1:10.

Leading the way for the Vikings was Meg Sessions who toured the course in 21:39, good for sixth place. Annette Leschensky claimed the seventh spot in 22:15, while Kalea Oftedahl rounded out the top-10 in 22:48. 

It was an average time of 23:49 and spread of 3:56 for the freshmen squad. Pacing the young group was Rebecca Anderson in 21:45, to claim silver. Madison Tollefson clocked in at 24:00 to finish seventh. Amy Jensen raced to the finish line in 12th place in 25:41.

The junior girls finished third behind Western Dubuque and Waukon with 36 points, posting an average time of 23:14 and 2:48 spread.

At the front of the Viking junior pack was Leila Johnson blazing the trail in 21:41 to finish fifth. In 23:31, Samantha See also notched the final top-10 spot. Sprinting to the finish in 24:29 was Mya Numedahl, good for 21st

The sophomores were seventh, led by Brielle Buresh who finish ninth in 23:19.

Top three

In a tight battle for supremacy in the cumulative scores, the Decorah boys’ squad finished third with 27 points behind Western Dubuque, who tallied 16 points for the title and Waverly-Shell Rock’s 23 points.

Junior Brady Hogan was crowned the junior champion in 16:42, while the sophomores scored the only grade-only win with 29 points, posting an average time of 19:14 and a spread of just 39 seconds. The other three grades finished runner-up.

Cruising to the finish line in 18:51, Izaak Eichinger led the sophomore charge with a fifth-place finish. Arlo Hayes knocked out a time of 19:19 to finish 11th, while Hogan Smith strolled to 13th place in 19:30.

The seniors had an average time of 18:02 and a spread of 37 seconds, finishing runner-up to Western Dubuque. Leading the Viking pack was Spencer Peterson who finished the 5K in 17:42, good for bronze. Pat Bockman cruised to an eighth-place finish in 18:04, with Joseph Seo close behind in 11th place in 18:18.

With Hogan breaking the tape, the juniors finished with an average time of 18:25 and 3:36 spread. Noah Lovelace stopped the clock at 18:14 to finish eighth for the Viking juniors. David Olson also scored for the juniors in 30th place in a time of 20:17.

Totaling 42 points, the freshman squad also was runner-up, posting a spread of 1:07 and average time of 21:00. Leo Runestad had the best finish for the youngest Vikings in 20:22. Also finishing in the top-20 were Jacob Magner in 15th place in 21:09 and Cade Olson in 18th place in 21:29.

All-American race

Saturday, the Viking squads will compete in the  Luther College All-American race beginning at 9 a.m.