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Bearcat boys are runner-up in NEC cross country meet

It was a shake out run for the boys and girls cross country runners as they competed in the Northeast Conference meet held in Webster Oct.9. The event was moved up a day due to weather concerns. The boys team took second with Milbank edging them out for first. The girls team ended up in fourth overall.

Coach Charles Hruby said, “The girls and boys had a solid day. We control improve our times and once again we battled with Milbank and Roncalli on the girls side and Milbank and Clark/Willow Lake on the boys.  The NEC meet is always a great race because the team who shows up and can handle the pressure of giving a great performance on a single day and running loose usually walks away happier then the rest.”

In a stride for stride sprint to the end Drew Reetz was able to take a little zip out of Milbank’s Zippy Bock and finish in second place at 18:11.91 and just over a second ahead of Bock. Milbank’s Nick Batchelor took first in 16:46.25.

Webster had four other runners in the top 20, but was just two points away from tieing the Bulldogs. Max Kuecker finished in fifth at 18:27.03 and Brian Mork was a place back in 18:29.70. Tayne Dunse placed 13th in 19:16.22 and Cael Larson was 18th at 19:46.07.

Rounding out the pack of Bearcat runners in close pursuit were Connor Bauer 24th 20:38.4, Isaac Hubsch 26th 20:52.66 and Matt Mork 30th 21:55.47.

Hruby said, “For the boys we learned that we can’t take a moment to relax out there. We must stay focused and mentally tough during the race. Drew Reetz showed that hard work and talent combined can give everyone an exciting finish. Max Kuecker and Brian Mork knew going in what they needed to do and placing 5th and 6th respectively was an excellent showing along with Tayne Dunse and Cael Larson placing in the top 20 we know we are a solid team. These guys know that Conner Bauer, Isaac Hubsch and Matt Mork are behind them pushing them all the way as well.”

 The boys finished second with 25 points and Milbank took the NEC honor with 22 points. Clark-Willow Lake finished in third with 44 points after having three of their runners take seventh through ninth places.

In the girls 5,000 meter event the Bearcats saw Rana Hegg one of the Cats top runners ending up dropping out for a medical. Rylee Huwe stepped up the pace and finished seventh at 21:49.72, Ella Hegg took 14th 22:29.85, Annie Witt 18th 23:07.54, Olivia Dorsett 34th 25:19.87 and Alexandria Simonson in 45th 28:16.78.

Hruby said, “Seeing Rana Hegg not finish a race made the girls vulnerable because they depend on her leading the way. Rylee Huwe, Ella Hegg and Anna Witt all placed in the top 20 with Olivia Dorsett, Erin Case and Alex Simonson rounding out the squad they believe they can get through to the state meet. With that being said the entire line up of ladies dropped their times which has them feeling confident about the upcoming Region meet next week.”

The girls finished fourth overall with Aberdeen Roncalli taking first with 19 points.

The JV runners competed in the 3,000 meter event as a combined race. For the girls Lydia Vogl took 10th 16:59.56 and Sydney Simonson 14th 19:17.43.

On the boys side it was Tacey miller taking first at 13:38.8, Jared Schimmel eighth 14:29.62, a place back Will Thuringer 14:31.81, Jaiden McCreary 10th 14:40.05, Tyler Bornsen 14th 15:07.62, Caleb Sannes on his heels in 15th 15:13.48 and Kade Hruby 20th 16:02.52.

The boys JV team took second with 28 points and Deuel in first with 24 points.

Hruby added, “Next week we want to show that we are one of the best programs in the Region and that our runners will be excited to run at home with the support of everyone who shows up to help them give it their best performance.”

The Region 1A cross country meet is scheduled for Oct. 17 with the first race set to start at 3:30.

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