Tanagers host 2002 cross country invite

Tanagers host 2002 cross country invite by Jim Prosser Seven schools were represented at the Vermillion Invitational Cross Country Meet, Friday, Sept. 20, with competition in both varsity and junior varsity boys' and girls' divisions.

Team points in the boys' varsity division were: Madison 27; West Sioux 31; Elk Point-Jefferson 61; Vermillion 78; Heelan 83; Harrisburg 100; and Dakota Valley 132.

First runner across the finish line was Heelan's Nick Murphy with a time 16:52 on the new USD cross country facility. There were 45 runners in this division. The Tanagers were running with a short handed roster due to illness, injury, or personal conflicts.

Justin Manning was fifth at 18.32 to lead the Vermillion contingent. Other finishers were: Mitch Bierle � 24th; Dan Pearson � 31st; Al Manning, Caleb Berry, and Thomas Dendinger � 34th, 35th and 36th.

Team points for the varsity girls were: West Sioux 27; Heelan 30; Madison 43; Vermillion 64; Dakota Valley 76; and EP-J 124.

Dakota Valley's Sierra McCauley came in first with a 15:53 time. The Tanager's depleted roster placers were: Katarina Gombocz, 12th with a time of 17.1; Kayla Nelson, 14th; Nicki Mollet � 16th; Katie Dehner � 22nd; Morgan Brooks � 26th; Kayla Mollet � 33rd; Tera Dehner � 36th; Sarah Plate � 39th; Megan Bedard � 44th; and Alicia O'Connor � 50th.

In the boys' junior varsity division there were 21 entries with Vermillion fielding an incomplete team.

Danny Redlin placed 11th; and Raleigh Tiahrt came in 21st.

The junior varsity team scores were: Madison � 16; West Sioux � 37; EP-J � 41; and Dakota Valley � 51.

The girls' junior varsity team results were: West Sioux � 11; Heelan � 25; and Dakota Valley � 49.

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