VHS cross country teams shine in South Sioux by Jim Prosser Both the Tanager girls' and boys' cross country teams made themselves known at the South Sioux City Marsha Koebernick Memorial Cross Country Invitational Meet at the Covington Golf links in South Sioux City on Thursday, Sept. 27.
Eric Dehner came in first in his class with a time of 16:39.2 to lead the VHS boys to first place in the 10-team division.
Michelle Rasmussen ran a 16:55.4 third place time to pace the Tanager girls to #1 in their seven-team division.
Other boys placing in the top 20 in the division for VHS were: Tyler Brown third; Ben Parsons sixth; Craig Powell 14th; and Justin Manning 19th.
Five girls placed in the top 15 for Vermillion in their division: Rasmussen third; Kayla Nelson seventh; Morgan Brooks eighth; Kati Dehner 10th; Angie Rydell 12th; and Megan Griffith 14th.
JV boys had Vermillion in third place while competing against five large schools. Andrew Manning was third with 18:40, and Mitch Bierle placed eighth. Other VHS finishers were: Geng Wang 13th; Wilbur Lio 19th; Ben Williams 25th; Thomas Dendinger 34th; Anish Patel 35th.
JV girls also were running against all large schools and placed third. Nicki Mollet finished in seventh place. Other finishers were: Emily Pier 12th; Lindsey Isaacson 15th; Theresa Ring 16th; Nicole Pedersen 18th; Tera Dehner 22nd; Megan Bedard 32nd; Sarah Plate 34th.
"JV runners Nicki Mollet and Andrew Manning both ran times that would put them in our top six in the varsity division," said coach Josh Roberts "This was an exciting meet! Our athletes performed very well in all races.
"It's always fun to win," he continued. "We are improving each week and our girls' time gap is down to 41 seconds. As long as the girls keep running as a pack and continue to move up, we will be a tough group.
"I'm really proud of how hard every runner is working and their efforts in the meets," Roberts added. "The training is strenuous during this phase of the season but the kids are focused on the goal at the end."