Cross country boys place first at Alcester-Hudson by Jim Prosser Twelve schools participated in the Alcester-Hudson invitational cross country meet, Monday, Sept. 17 with competition in both girls' and boys' varsity and JV divisions.
Team points for the top nine teams in the boys' varsity division were: Vermillion 13; Lennox 16; Baltic 25; Elk Point-Jefferson 48; Sioux Falls Christian 58; West Central 62; Harrisburg 79; Dakota Valley 91; Parker 119. Incomplete teams competing were Alcester-Hudson, Viborg, Canton, Beresford,and Elk-Point-Jefferson.
First runner across the finish line was Vermillion's Eric Dehner with a time of 16:21.3. Other Tanager finishers were: Tyler Brown third; Ben Parsons ninth; Craig Powell 12th; and Justin Manning 13th.
For the varsity girls, team points were: Lennox 17; Vermillion 19; Parker 35; West Central 44; Dakota Valley 47; Alcester-Hudson 48. Incomplete teams competing were Canton, Beresford, Sioux Falls Christian, Harrisburg and Viborg.
Michelle Rasmussen came in fifth with a time of 17:04.85. Other Tanager placers were: Morgan Brooks ninth; Kayla Nelson 10th; Katie Dehner 11th; Angie Rydell 14th; Nikki Mollet 16th; Emily Pier 20th.
"Mollet had a 46 second improvement for her personal best and both Emily Pier and Tera Dehner improved by 25 seconds," said coach Josh Roberts.
There were 70 runners in the girls' varsity section. JV information was not available.
In the boy's JV division there were no team points recorded. A.J. Manning won the race while Mitch Bierle placed second, Geng Wang was fourth, and Tom Dendinger had a 20 second improvement.
Other Tanager placers had not been identified at press time, but coach Roberts had these comments about the meet.
"This was our best meet (as a whole team) that we have run," he said. "Numerous people ran personal bests. In every race we had a lot of red near the front.
"It's great to have the varsity run well and place first or second, but it's even better when the JV athletes also win their divisions," he continued. "If JVs were scored we would win by a large margin.
"That's great to see," Roberts added. "Every runner has been working hard and now gaining the rewards of personal best performances."