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Just enough to hold on: Kraft holds off AA competition to win Huron Invitational

Posted: Monday, Sep 23rd, 2013

Wessington Springs’ Jase Kraft held off Brookings’ Justice Lamer as the two sprint to the finish of the varsity boys 5K race which was part of the Huron Invitational Saturday morning at Broadland Creek Golf Course. PHOTO BY SEAN M.X. KELLEY/PLAINSMAN

HURON — Jase Kraft battled Brookings’ Justice Lamer the for most of the 5K meter course at the Huron Invitational Saturday, including both runners in a dead sprint for the finish line with Kraft edging Lamer by one second, completing the course in 16 minutes and 3 seconds.

It was another 12 seconds before Rapid City Douglas’ Caleb Diggs would cross the line and finish third with Custer’s Logan Burns three seconds back of Diggs with a 16:19.

Sioux Falls Washington’s Logan Swenson clocked a 16:44 and Rapid City Stevens’ Connor Haaland turned a time of 16:58 to finish sixth.

It was Haaland and his teammates that ran away with the meet as they had three top-10 finishes and another in the top-12.

Other area runners in the varsity boys’ race included James Valley Christian’s Jayden Waldner who finished 15th with a time of 17:52 and teammates Kedric Brantner who was 73rd with a time of 20:50 and Ryan Eager who was 74th with a time of 20:53.

In the girls’ varsity race, a pair of teammates from Rapid City Central battled for top honors, with Jaimie Schweiss covering the 4K meter course in a time of 14:42.

That was seven seconds faster than teammate Emily Person, who ran a 14:49.

Spearfish’s Savannah Childers finished third with a time of 14:52 and Kelsey Kearney of Sioux Falls Washington finished right at the 15 minute mark in fourth place.

Just missing the 15 minute mark was Spearfish’s Gretchen Blain who finished at 15:03.

Like the boys, Rapid City Stevens ran away with the girls’ team title as besides finishing first and second, they also came in 12th, 14th and 18th.

Locally, James Valley Christian had a pair of runners in the race as Mallory Johnson ran a 17:45 to finish 54th and Amanda Halsey was 61st with a time of 18:26.

A trio of Hitchcock-Tulare girls ran in the race finishing 66th, 67th and 68th. Respectively, they were Heather Barrie, Lexi Binger (21:37) and Paige Binger (23.19).

For the complete article see the 09-22-2013 issue.

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