Cross country teams place second
Published: Thursday, September 20th, 2012
The Custer cross country teams had a busy week with a home invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 11, and an away meet in Huron at Broadland Creek on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Both the boys and girls varsity teams placed second at the Custer Invitational, both behind Newcastle.
“We continued to have some of our experienced runners struggle with injuries but the younger kids did a fine job,” said coach Karen Karim.
The girls team was led by seventh grader Tori Glazier who finished third in 17:21 and ninth grader Jazmin Hitshew who was close behind in fifth place at 17:38. Ashlee Eggers also medaled in 11th place with a time of 18:31. Anna Pickford stepped into a varsity position and finished with a time of 21:57, earning 29th place. Chanelle Alcott rounded out scoring for the girls team by earning 32nd place with a time of 22:53.
Logan Burns topped the boys varsity team once again with a time of 18:61, earning fourth place. Chris Pinkerton, Shane Herman and Matt Dvorak finished the medaling positions strong, earning 13th, 14th and 15th places, respectively. Pinkerton had a time of 19:08, Herman was 19:13 and Dvorak was close behind at 19:18. Senior runners Logan Huntington and Tyler Jones capped off the team with their 23rd and 28th place finishes. Huntington was 19:38 while Jones was 19:57.
“I’m proud of the way these kids are competing against the Black Hills competition,” Karim said.
In the girls junior varsity races, Hannah Pinkerton finished 18th with a time of 22:28 and Susanna Pratt was 28th with 24:56. On the boys side, Jace Woodward ran his first 5K race, finishing 17th with a time of 21:19. Gunner LeFebvre was 43rd at 23:14.
In the 3,000-meter middle school race, Annie Antonio took second place while Tayler Carlsen earned 13th place. Several sixth graders finished this distance for the first time, including Jamiee Birnstihl, 20th, and Clara Sedlacek, 21st. Katy Bradeen, Lily Fridell and Emma Zaic all finished behind each other at 25th, 26th and 27th, respectively. Ben Wahlstrom and Logan Block were the award winners for the boys team, finishing seventh and eighth. Rowdy LeFebvre placed 12th while sixth graders Nathan Steele finished 31st and Wyatt Hudson finished 33rd.
The Wildcats traveled to Huron for an invitational at Broadland Creek on Saturday, Sept. 15. The boys team finished fourth behind Rapid City Stevens, Brookings and Sioux Falls Washington and the girls team finished ninth. The Huron Invitational gave runners the chance to practice on the state meet course.
“We got the chance to compete against some difficult competition that we have not seen yet this year,” Karim said. “It was a nice preview for us.”
Burns was the only varsity medalist in the meet, which was dominated by AA schools from across the state, with a time of 17:45, earning him 18th place. Huntington placed 33rd with a time of 18:27 and was followed closely by Pinkerton in 35th place with 18:29. Dvorak placed 39th with 18:39 while Herman was 58th in 19:16 and Jones was right behind him at 19:20, earning 59th place.
“The boys are solid right now, but we need our front runner Cody Herman back in order to be competitive by state,” Karim said. “The Witts will need to be factors as well. The next couple of training weeks will be the difference for the boys team.”
While the girls team did not receive a team medal, both Glazier and Kelley ran strong races. Glazier placed 31st with 16:14 and Kelley was right behind her in 32nd place with a time of 16:18.
“They ran against a quality field of class AA teams, as well as the Spearfish team,” Karim said.
Victoria Dahlstrom finished in 45th place with a time of 16:45 after spending a couple of weeks recuperating from calf injuries and Hitshew finished with a time of 16:56, earning 53rd place.
“These girls ran times under 17 minutes, which are their best times of the season,” Karim said. “It was nice for them to compete on the state meet course, as this race was comparably as large as state will be.”
Ashlee Eggers rounded out scoring for the girls team with her 76th place finish at 18:02. Junior varsity runner Emmalee Hollick ran her fastest time of the season, breaking the 20-minute barrier with 19:23, earning her 25th place.
Because of the larger teams, middle school races were run together and then divided out for awards.
“The younger kids collected some hardware with the top 10 in each race receiving medals,” Karim said. “Our runners looked great.”
Eighth grader Woodward was third while seventh graders Wahlstrom and Block were fourth and ninth, respectively. For the seventh grade girls races, Antonio was seventh and Carlson was 16th.
“I was proud of the middle school runners,” Karim said. “They raced well in much larger races.”
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