VHS cross country competes at Mitchell by Jim Prosser On a perfect day for running, 26 teams were represented at the Mitchell Cross Country Invitational meet, Saturday, Sept. 8 with competition in both boys' and girls' divisions, in varsity and junior varsity.
Cited for their performances in the boys' varsity section was Eric Dehner who placed third among 138 runners with a time of 15:49; and Tyler Brown who was 27th timed at 16:52. VHS placed eighth out of 19 teams. Other Tanager placers were: Justin Manning � 43rd, Ben Parsons � 60th, Craig Powell � 71st, and Dan Ring � 113th.
For the girls' varsity, Tanager placers were: Michelle Rasmussen � 30th among 124 runners, with a 12:39 time; Megan Griffith � 71st, Morgan Brooks � 78th; Katie Dehner � 86th and Angela Rydell � 104th. The team placed 14th.
The junior varsity boys' division had 185 competitors running from 16 teams, and Andrew Manning placed 12th, being the first class A school representative in the pack (and the first seventh-grader).
Other Tanager runners were: Mitch Bierle � 54th, Wilber Lio � 70th, Geng Wang � 75th, Anish Patel � 147th, Danny Redlin � 148th and Tom Dendinger � 154th. The team finished in 10th place.
Kayla Nelson was first of the 119 runners in the JV girls' race with a time of 13:28. She was joined by the following Tanager JV team members: Nicki Mollet � 39th, Emily Pier � 42nd, Tara Dehner � 52nd, Theresa Ring � 59th, Lindsey Isaacson � 60th, Megan Bedard � 72nd and Sarah Plate � 74th. The team was seventh of 13 teams.
"I'm extremely pleased with the performances of Kayla and Andrew. Kayla has now won both of her cross country races that she has ever run. This week I will move her up to the varsity race, where she will help out," said coach Josh Roberts. "It was disappointing that the JV boys' and all girls' races were run on a short course � only 3K rather than 4K. We train to run 4 to 5K and our athletes prepare to run that distance. Our girls will run much better with more time to move up during the race.
"All our athletes competed pretty well against runners from the larger schools � finishing up in the middle of the pack with these teams is respectable," he added.
The Vermillion Invitational meet was run on Friday, Sept. 14 at the old golf course, beginning with varsity girls at 3:45 p.m.