FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn - Ranked as the No. 1 boys cross country runner in Class A, Dickinson High sophomore Brady Yoder has topped the individual leaderboard in all five races he’s participated in. However, compared to his other victories in 2018, Yoder’s latest triumph on Saturday, Sept. 29 was on a grander stage.
Amongst a field of nearly 500 runners spanning from three states, Yoder captured the prize in 5K maroon division of the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational from the Les Bolstad Golf Course on the University of Minnesota.
Yoder ripped through the course in 16 minutes, 14.9 seconds, more than 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Emmet Anderson, a sophomore from Staples-Motley High School in Minnesota. Midgets junior Aiden Jung also put together a strong performance, crossing the finish line in 11th place with a time 16:58.3. Sophomore Griffin Obrigewitch was the third Dickinson boys runner to place in the top-100, taking 89th after running a pace of 18:21.6.
The Midgets finished 12th out of 53 teams with 410 points.
Sophomore Symone Beld was Dickinson’s best performer on the girls side, taking 69th with a time of 21:16.4. The Midgets were represented in four of the top 125 spots, earning 21st place out of 49 teams in the maroon division.
Dickinson senior Macy Gress completed in the course in 21:22.2, good enough for 77th place, while juniors Delaynee Zubke and Aleigha Villars took 106th and 124th place, respectively.