HARRISBURG — The Huron cross country teams faced some tough competition and some tough conditions during the Eastern South Dakota Conference Meet on Saturday at Bakkers Crossing Golf Course in Harrisburg.
In both the girls’ and boys’ division, the Tigers finished ninth in the team standings.
Harrisburg finished at 58 to edge Yankton by three points and claim the varsity girls’ title. Pierre was third at 67, followed by Brandon Valley with 76 and Aberdeen Central at 82.
Brookings won the boys’ title with 45 points, with Brandon Valley finished second at 67. Rounding out the top five were Yankton at 76, Harrisburg at 102 and Watertown at 111.
Annie Kruse of Yankton was the top finisher in the varsity girls’ race with a time of 14 minutes, 37.43 seconds. Jasmyne Cooper of Harrisburg was second at 15:33.64, followed by Savannah Woods of Yankton at 15:41.40.
Elisebeth Dickson was the highest finisher for Huron with a time of 16:53.12 to put her 29th.
Cassidy Moon and Jordan Adams were 47th and 48th for the Tigers, respectively, at 17:34.32 and 17:35.24.
Rounding out the lineup for Huron were Sloane Mack at 17:53.57, Maddie Willemssen at 18:23.15, Shelby Gauer at 18:27.01 and Jacelyn Wehde at 20:44.05.
“Elisebeth Dickson had a good race for the girls, and Sloane Mack and Maddie Willemssen ran their best race of the season,” Huron coach Angie Thomas said. “Their times really didn’t reflect how hard they ran due to the windy conditions.
“I was hoping for a higher finish as a team, but it just didn’t happen for us today,” she said.
Addison DeHaven and Justice Lamer were first and second, respectively, with times of 16:03.89 and 16:27.73 to lead Brookings in the boys’ varsity race.
Brice Cowman of Yankton was third at 16;28.89, followed by Jacob Hegland of Brandon Valley at 17:11.24 and Nick Reiffenberger of Watertown at 17:22.42.
Brenden Corbett was the leading runner for Huron, finishing 46th with a time of 19:01.93.
Other runners for the Tigers were Landon Claeys at 19:48.08, Edsson Quispe-Laura at 20:07.92, Arthur Hines at 20:30.06 and Ryan Chase at 20:38.06.
“Brenden Corbett ran a solid race for the boys, and Landon Claeys and Edsson Quispe-Laura rand good as well,” Thomas said. “Our varsity team is rather young, so I knew going into today’s meet that all five of them would need personal records in order for us to move up in the standings. Couple that with only having five running, it doesn’t leave any room for someone to have an off day.”
Samantha Shoultz turned in a time of 18:40.30 to lead Huron and finish 22nd in the junior varsity girls’ race. It was her first 4K race of the season.
“I was very proud of the way she ran and I think she surprised herself a little,” Thomas said of Shoultz. “Lay Tape Tape Win and Alissa Gauer did a good job as well.”
Rounding out the lineup for the Tigers were Lay Tape Tape Win at 22:02.30, Alissa Gauer at 22:09.30 and Gisselle Ramires at 24:06.30.
Frank Hines was the top runner for Huron in the junior varsity boys’ race, finishing 52nd at 16:54.65. Gabe Rieger finished at 17:58.06 for the Tigers while Tyrese Theus crossed the line at 18:25.36 and Jacob Wehde followed at 18:31.00.
“I asked a lot of my seventh-grade boys by having them moved up and run at the JV level and they did a great job,” Thomas said. “It’s pretty intimidating for these boys to race at this level and they handled it well. I was very proud of them.”
The Huron cross country teams will return to action with the Huron 5-Star Meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at Broadland Creek Golf Course and will close the season at the State Meet in Rapid City on Oct. 26.
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