The Decorah girls cross country team finished in first place overall Tuesday night. There were two races and a course change this year for the runners. Freshmen and sophomores ran together and juniors and seniors ran together. Each race was scored separately.
Freshmen girls won with 25 points just ahead of Charles City, who had 29 points. Payton Taylor was the first Viking to cross the finish line in 7th place with a time of 22:03. Right behind her was Fiona Buresh who finished in 8th place, clocking in at 22:26.
The sophomore class won with 17 points ahead of Charles City (29) by 12 points. The top three sophomores finished in the top 10. Shayla Betts claimed second place with a time of 20:32. Meg Sessions placed sixth, clocking in at 21:08. Brooke Courtney finished in ninth place at 21:45.
The junior and senior classes also ran together, but were scored separately. The junior class finished in 6th place with 54 points. Gracia Taylor finished in 22:24 which was good for 10th place. Cassidy Carolan took 22nd place with a time of 23:07 and Celia Lesmeister clocked in at 23:58 which put her in 28th place.
The senior girls had a great night with just 10 points for the win. Crestwood was next with 20 points. Five Vikings finished in the top eight. Katie Nimrod finished in 2nd place with a time of 19:19. Sarah Mikkelson took 3rd place, finishing in 20:30. Fifth place went to Jenna Galligan, who clocked in at 21:03. Kaitlyn Rooney finished in 7th place with a time of 21:22. Allie Hafner rounded out the group with a time of 21:59, which put her in 8th place.
The girls are holding on strong to their first place ranking in class 3A.
The Vikings will compete Saturday in the All-American Invitational at Luther.