Boys win conference title, girls take second
Published: Thursday, October 11th, 2012
The cool 20-something degree temperatures on Thursday didn’t keep the cross country teams from bringing home some heavy hardware at the Black Hills Conference championship meet. Both the boys and girls team repeated the places they took last year, with the boys team taking first, with 19 points, and the girls second, with 26 points.
“Our boys dominated,” coach Karen Karim said. “The next closest team was Spearfish with 41 points. Our top five runners finished in the top 14.”
Logan Burns was the first finisher for Custer, taking third place with a time of 16:34, a personal record. Burns ran with the other top runners for a majority of the race, finishing within seconds of the second place finisher, Eric Yager, from Hot Springs.
“This was a great race for him,” Karim said. “He’ll meet up Yager again this week and next week at state. Each week he gets closer.”
Brennan Witt had another steady race with his fifth place finish and number two scorer for Custer. Chris Pinkerton and Shane Herman both ran great races and finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Matt Dvorak was the final Custer runner to receive a medal with a 14th place finish. Logan Huntington rounded out the race for the Wildcats, placing 21st.
“The snowy, hilly course at the Tomahawk Country Club made for difficult racing conditions, especially for the boys course which was quite icy,” Karim said. “I was pleased to get through the meet with no disasters or injury.”
The girls team took second once again to state favorite Spearfish and just ahead of Hill City. Karim was pleased with Jazmin Hitshew’s fourth place finish, with a time of 17:10, and Mattisen Kelley’s six place, 17:19 race. Kelley has been out most of the season with injury.
Ashlee Eggers and seventh grader Annie Antonio rounded out scoring with 10th and 11th place finishes. Eggers was 17:51 while Antonio was a second behind with 17:52 as her time. Tori Glazier also received a medal with her 13th place finish while Anna Pickford took 26th place with a time of 21:02.
In the junior varsity races, Tayler Carlson was second after running the race for the first time. Hannah Pinkerton was in at fifth place. Tyler Jones placed second for the boys junior varsity team while Patrick Witt was third. Eighth grader Jace Woodward finished eighth while Gunner LeFebvre finished 12th.
With states right around the corner, the Wildcats will focus on the upcoming region meet.
“Our goal is to get both teams qualified for state,” Karim said. “The top 20 runners and top three teams qualify for the state meet.”
The next race for the team will be the Region 5 meet in Custer on Friday, Oct. 12, beginning at 2 p.m. The middle school team, however, will race at the Rapid City Invitational on Thursday, Oct. 11.
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