Dehner wins cross country run at Yankton by Jim Prosser Schools represented at the Yankton Cross Country Invitational meet Thursday, Sep. 20 included Papillion LaVista (NE), Sioux Falls Lincoln, Norfolk, NE, and Vermillion with host team Yankton.
There was competition in both girls' and boys' varsity divisions, as well as sophomore and middle school boys.
Team points for the boys' varsity division were: Yankton 47; Papillion LV 52; Sioux Falls Lincoln 74; Vermillion 75; and Norfolk 88. There were 65 entries in the division.
First runner across the finish line was Vermillion's Eric Dehner with a time of 16:41.68. Other Tanager finishers were: Tyler Brown fifth; Ben Parsons 19th; Justin Manning 23rd; Craig Powell 27th; and Dan Ring 34th.
For the varsity girls, team points were: Norfolk 42; Yank-
ton 43; Lincoln 45; and Vermillion 57.
Tanager placers were: Michelle Rasmussen 11th; Morgan Brooks 13th; Kayla Nelson 20th; Angela Rydell 21st; Megan Griffith 25th; Kati Dehner 26th; and Nicki Mollet 28th.
Also in the race but not scored for points were: Emily Pier 29th; Theresa Ring 35th; Tera Dehner, Nicole Pederson, Sarah Plate, Lindsey Isaacson and Megan Bedard were 37-41; and Penny Decker was 48th. There were 61 runners in the girls' section (including the JV division).
In the middle school sophomore boys' division there were 26 entries with Vermillion placing second behind Sioux Falls Lincoln. First place went to Andrew Manning, timed at 14:48.81. Other placers were: Mitch Bierle fifth; Geng Wang sixth; Wilbur Lio ninth; Ben Williams 12th; and Tom Dendinger 13th.
"Andrew ran the second fastest time on this course for a seventh grader; and Eric Dehner had the fourth fastest time in the 16-year meet history," said coach Josh Roberts. "Many of our runners ran their fastest times of the year, and many have improved their year's time by over 25 seconds. Mitch Bierle by 32 seconds, Geng Wang by 40, Ben Williams by 26 and Tom Dendinger by 41."
For the girls, Morgan Brooks had a 40-second improvement, Angie Rydell 38, Nicki Mollet 26 and Emily Pier 1:01 minutes.
"Megan Griffith dropped 53 seconds from her race back on Monday, after having her wisdom teeth out, and not running all week," Roberts said. "Theresa Ring is another girl who has come back after injury and is improving with every race.
"I am pleased with where we're at as a team on both sides right now," he continued. "We have one month to go before state in Rapid City. The athletes are working hard and are racing tired, but it will pay off when we start to taper of in a few weeks."