Region 1A champs
Boys take first, girls runner-up in Region 1A cross country meet
It was a cold but exciting day for the Webster Bearcat cross country runners as the boys finished first in the Region 1A and the girls took second Oct. 11 in Webster. The top three teams in the region as well as top 20 runners overall earned a trip to the State A cross country meet to be held Oct. 20 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls.
Coach Charles Hruby said, “I’m proud of our kids today. They didn’t let the conditions affect them the way a course like that could. All week we talked about running to your potential and holding your spot and if they did that good things would happen.”
The sun finally showed itself right before the shot rang out to start the race for the boys. None of them let the snow and slush on the ground slow them down with Max Kuecker leading the pack pulling off runner-up finish in 18:53.18. Drew Reetz and Tayne Dunse were not far apart with Reetz finishing fourth in 19:14.33 and Dunse finishing eighth in 19:54.40. Isaac Hubsch finished 16th in 20:45.03, Brent Bearman took 23rd in 21:28.09 and Gavin Anderson 31st in 23:17.52.
Hruby added, “For the boys, Max, Drew, and Tayne all held their spots from a week ago keeping us in the mix. Isaac Hubsch improved his placing by five spots and that was the difference maker. They did a great job of not letting anyone be better than them and the result was defending their region title from a year ago.”
Region 1A girls
The Bearcat varsity girls cross country had their celebration finishing second in regions and also advancing the team to state. Their day started out a little different than the boys as they had no sun, but that did not hold them back from performing well on the course.
“The girls followed a similar path. Rana, Ella, Anna, Rylee, Erin and Addy all knew that if they could run close to their position from a week ago we should be able to challenge Milbank for the title and be sure that they would return to the state meet as a team to make up for some disappointment from a year ago. A week ago, Milbank beat them by six points and today it was a little closer. Simply put though mission accomplished by earning the Region 1A Runner-up spot and taking a full squad back to Sioux Falls next week,” Hruby added.
Rana Hegg stayed stead fast finishing second in 21:13.35 for the runner-up spot. Ella Hegg pushed hard through the race and finished sixth in 22:01.83 between a Milbank and Aberdeen Roncalli. Annie Witt ran through the snow with ease finishing 12th in 22:28.14. Rylee Huwe and Erin Case were able to cross the finish line right after each other with Huwe in 20th at 23:05.97 and Case 22nd in 23:34.56. Addison Kuecker helped the Bearcats with finishing 28th in 25:18.73.
In looking ahead Hruby said, “Next week our goals for the squads are simple, compete like you’re one of the best teams in the state and run your best race as possible and we will see what that gets us in the end. Our program as one simple plan and that is to keep improving from week to week and hopefully keep moving up in the Class A ranks in this sport.”
Webster JV girls and boys ran the 3K in Webster with both teams ranking third overall in the contest.
There were five girls running for the Webster Bearcats JV. Kenlee Johnson stayed in the top ten finishing seventh in 15:37.50. Olivia Dorsett finished less than a second after Milbank’s runner finishing 11th in 15:45.04. Kendra Johnson finished 16th in 16:07.38, Alexandria Simonson finished 28th in 17:57.45 and Sydney Simonson finished 32nd in 18:24.11.
Tyler Bornsen finished in the top 10 for the boys JV finishing 6th in 13:56.88. Matt Mork crossed the finish line in 11th at 14:31.29 and Tacey Miller finished 16th in 15:03.16. Jared Schimmel and Caleb Sannes were right after each other with Schimmel finishing 26th in 16:24.33 and Sannes 27th in 16:30.54. Brayden Aadland was shortly behind them finishing 31st in 19:33.43.
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