Brady Hogan
Brady Hogan

The Decorah cross country teams showed strength and depth Tuesday night in the opening race of the season.

The ninth-ranked Viking men placed first at the annual Oelwein Invite, scoring 44 points and edging out Class 3A No. 13 Waverly-Shell Rock by three points. Center Point-Urbana was a distant third with 75 points.

The Decorah girls also had a good first meet. They finished second with 73 points. Center Point-Urbana took the title with 68 points.

Both JV squads took the titles as well.

“This was a great start to September,” said DHS boys’ coach Brad Johansen. “We have the ability to do good things moving forward.”

Solid beginnings

Running on the 5K course, Decorah posted an average time of 17:29, with a spread of 1:47.

Viking junior Brady Hogan was the individual champion, breaking the tape in 16:16. Spencer Peterson and Noah Lovelace also finished in the top-10. Peterson crossed the finish line in 17:30, good for sixth place, while Lovelace toured the course in 17:34 to finish eighth.

Joseph Seo and Beau Hawley crossed the finish line nearly side-by-side in 14th and 15th places, respectively. Seo posted a time of 18:01, while B. Hawley came home in 18:03.

Also running for the Vikes were Samuel Robinson and Izaak Eichinger. Robinson was 17th in 18:10, while Eichinger was 23rd in 18:16.

In the JV race, the Vikings posted a perfect score of 15. They had an average time of 18:55 with a spread of just 38 seconds.

Senior Willem Hawley was the individual champion, blazing home in 18:34. Bennett Schutte took the runner-up spot with a time of 18:39. Contributing to the team score were Arlo Hayes, third, 19:59; Hogan Smith, fourth, 19:08; and August Witt, fifth, 19:12.

Great for the girls

The varsity girls also had a good beginning to the season, posting an average time of 21:48 and a spread of 1:09.

Leading the way for the Lady Vikes was Meg Sessions in 11th place. The senior crossed the finish line in 21:15. In 12th place in 21:28, it was Decorah junior Leila Johnson, while Annette Leschensky notched a 14th place finish in 21:43. Also squeezing into the top-20 were Kalea Oftedahl and Shayla Betts. Oftedahl sprinted to the finish line in 22:06, good for 16th place, while Betts ended the race in 22:24 in 20th place.

Also running varsity were Fiona Buresh and Brooke Courtney. F. Buresh placed 35th in 23:02, while Courtney crossed the finish line in 23:05, good for 38th.

In the JV race, Decorah took first with 32 points, Central Elkader was second with 48.

The individual champion was Decorah freshman Rebecca Anderson in 21:14. Touring the course in 22:25, Samantha See finished fourth, while Amy Jensen claimed sixth place in 22:52. Rounding out the team score was Brielle Buresh in eighth place in 23:10 and Annalise Skrade in 13th place in 24:12.

Back in action

The Vikings are off until Tuesday, Sept. 10, when they run at Waverly-Shell Rock at 4:45 p.m.