Boys, girls teams take region titles
Published: Thursday, October 24th, 2013
In the same fashion as the week before, both the boys and girls cross country teams racked up enough points to take home the Region 5 titles.
After finishing with 29 points, the boys team repeated as champions while the girls took the title for the first time in a couple of years with 17 points.
Just like last week, Logan Burns was first to cross the finish line with a time of 16:47, earning him the regional champion title. Brennan Witt was close behind in third place, out-kicking St. Thomas More runner Lucas Julian, with a time of 17:37, three seconds out of second place.
“Both boys looked strong,” said coach Karen Karim. “They were running right where we want them this next week.”
Shane Herman was the third runner for the Wildcats to place, taking 12th with a time of 18:49, while Matt Dvorak was close behind in 13th with a time of 18:52. Ben Wahlstrom earned his place on the state meet team after finishing in 22nd place with a time of 20:08.
Patrick Witt is expected to run this week at the state meet in Rapid as well, which should strengthen the team’s positions up front.
“This team has been ranked in the first Class A polls all season,” Karim said. “But after losing Israel Parsons to his knee injury suffered in a football game, the pressure has been added to the remaining boys.”
According to Karim, the second-ranked team of Lennox will be a challenge for the boys team.
“This has been such a fun and successful group of boys to work with, it would be nice to see them achieve their goals and go out on top,” she said. “Regardless of who takes the team championship, we hope to garner several medals at the state meet.”
In the girls race, Tori Glazier placed third at 16:19, barely edged out of second by Hot Springs runner Leah Deering by less than a second. Mattisen Kelley and Jazmin Hitshew raced to a strong fifth and sixth place finishes, 17:02 and 17:12, respectively, and Tayler Carlson had her best performance of the year, placing eighth with a time of 17:22. Julianne Thomsen took 12th place after finishing 17:42 while Emmalee Hollick took 17th place in 18:21.
“Custer scored only 17 points as a team to the next closest team of St. Thomas More with 33 points,” Karim said. “The girls go into the state meet ranked fourth, but we are shooting for higher. This is a deep team, where our fourth, fifth and sixth runners have alternated from week to week and the junior varsity front-runners have shifted in and out of varsity positions. If the girls go out and compete, they could place high in team standings.”
In the boys junior varsity race, Logan Block took first place with a time of 20:24. Clara Sedlacek followed suit, placing first in the girls junior varsity race with an outstanding time of 18:09, earning her a spot on the state meet squad. Annie Antonio placed second in 18:13 while Hannah Pinkerton was fifth in 20:43. Susanna Pratt finished in 10th place with a time of 24:05.
‘Each of these girls improved their times on this course and I am extremely proud of how they competed,” Karim said. “We are now looking into the home stretch, hoping that they have saved their best for last.”
The state meet on Saturday, Oct. 26, has been moved from the Elks Golf Course to Robbinsdale Park due to storm damage. The girls race is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. and the boys at 1:30 p.m. Karim suggests Custer fans and supporters get there early since parking might be an issue.
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