The Go-Hawk Invitational changed things up this year, and the Viking boys seemed to handle the changes well, taking first place. There were several course changes, making the course less repetitive. Freshmen and sophomores ran together and were scored separately, as were the junior and seniors boys for their races.
Head coach Brad Johansen commented, "Our goal is to be accountable in every race. We did a very nice job of holding ourselves accountable."
Freshmen boys took 6th place with 50 points. Denver won the freshmen race with 23 points. Noah Lovelace finished in 10th place with a time of 19:28. Tate Schissel took 19th place, clocking in at 20:05. 25th place went to James Groux with a time of 20:44.
Sophomore Spencer Peterson claimed 1st place with a time of 17:37. Joseph Seo finished in 7th place with a time of 18:59. Willem Hawley-Bourcier finished in 18th place at 19:45. The sophomore race was won by Western Dubuque with 12 points. Decorah took 2nd place with 24 points.
The junior race was won by Waverly-Shell Rock with 14 points. Decorah finished in 2nd place with 30 points. Gus Hayes finished 2nd as he clocked in at 16:55. Brayden Krivachek finished in 8th place with a time of 18:11. Lars Marquardt was the third Decorah junior runner, finishing in 21st place, 19:15.
The seniors had a great showing with Andrew Kephart winning the race in 16:23. Rye Hawley-Bourcier was the next Decorah senior runner finishing in 6th place, as he clocked in at 17:25. Jarod Phillips finished in 7th place with a time of 17:33. Decorah won the senior race with 12 points and Aplington-Parkersburg was next with 28 points.
Next up for the Vikings is the All-American Invitational at Luther on Saturday.