Class A Girls Pre-Season Team Watch List


Two time defending state champ Perham will have work to do in their quest for a historic three-peat in 2019. The Yellowjackets will need to replace runners one and three from last year's team but they feature rising freshman star Liz Birkeland (19:14.1 PR) and a 1-5 pack who's potential average time will remain among the best in the state. Freshmen Quincy Anderson (19:57) and Mya Morris (19:58) have already broke 20 minutes and have state meet races under their belts. Fellow 9th grader Lauryn Rustad (20:12) was the Jackets fifth runner at state last year. Junior Emily Vanwatermulen has been a consistent scorer for Perham and has run 19:29.5 in her career. Despite some unknowns, the history of the program speaks for itself in athlete development and the returning top five depth (only team with four, sub-20 returners) is already among the best in Class A. There are challengers to the throne but the Jackets will be formidable again this fall.


1) Liz Birkeland 19:14.1
2) Emily Vanwatermulen 19:29.5
3) Quincy Anderson 19:57.7
4) Mya Morris 19:58.3
5) Lauryn Rustad 20:12.8
Average Time: 19:46.48 Total Time: 1:38:52.40 1-5 Split: 58.70
6) Abby Tweeton 21:13.5
7) Mia Lung 21:32.7