Younger runners gain experience
Published: Thursday, October 10th, 2013
Barely missing Winter Storm Atlas, the cross country team was able to travel to Sturgis on Thursday for its last meet of the regular season.
In the girls race, two runners stayed home, leaving the rest of the girls to compete in the varsity meet, where they placed second as a team. The girls were led by Julianne Thomsen who ran 17:08, earning sixth place, her top finish of the year. Jazmin Hitshew finished 11th in 17:42 and Annie Antonio was five seconds behind, earning 12th place. Emmalee Hollick and Tayler Carlsen rounded out the top five scorers, taking 15th and 16th places in 18:18 and 18:25, respectively.
“This was a nice showing for these girls being in a competitive meet that scores five, despite not having Tori (Glazier) or Matti (Kelley),” coach Karen Karim said.
Ashlee Eggers took 34th in 20:02 and Hannah Pinkerton was in at 40th place with 21:07. Susanna Pratt rounded out the competition for the Wildcats in 45th place with a time of 24:42.
The varsity boys team opted to train through the meet instead of compete, giving a couple of the younger boys a taste of varsity action. Eighth grader Ben Wahlstrom ran his first 5,000-meter course race over the rugged, hilly course at Ft. Meade and placed 26th with a time of 18:49. Freshman Jace Woodward ran in 19:46, giving him 40th place.
Logan Block was the sole runner in the eighth grade race, where he earned sixth place. In the sixth and seventh grade division, Micaiah Grace placed 10th with Isaac Powers close behind in 16th place. Baylor Smith was the next Custer finisher in 37th with Nathan Steele in 69th. Wyatt Hudson was the last Wildcat to finish, taking 85th place. The boys in this race had enough runners to score as a team, finishing fifth overall.
In the girls middle school race, Mallory Delmont was the first Custer runner to score, earning eighth place. Anna Marie Riner was the second scorer for Custer to earn a ribbon, taking 15th place. Hannah Johnson and Ember Fluck were close behind in 20th and 31st place, respectively. Cynthia Hernandez placed 40th and Lily Fridell finished in 53rd. Katy Bradeen placed 62nd while Tali Jones and Mackenzie Laverick came seconds apart to place 96th and 97th, respectively. The girls had enough runners to score, placing fifth, beating three middle schools teams from Rapid City as well as Sturgis and Douglas.
“The future looks bright for these girls,” Karim said.
The team continues to train and prepare for the Black Hills Conference meet, which will be hosted by Hill City at Palmer Gulch Campground Oct. 10 at 2 p.m.
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