Girls place first, boys second at A-H invite by Jim Prosser Fourteen schools participated in the Alcester-Hudson invitational cross country meet, Monday, Sept. 23, with competition in both girls' and boys' varsity and JV divisions.
Team points for the top 10 teams in the boys' varsity division were: Lennox 16; Vemillion 32 (fourth runner); Sioux Falls Christian 32; Elk Point/Jefferson 33; West Central 37; Canton 48; Parker 58; Harrisburg 60; Bersford 72; Alcester/Hudson 81; incomplete teams competing: Viborg, Centerville, Dakota Valley and Baltic.
First runner across the finish line was EP/J's Drew Staum with a time of 16:31. The Tanagers' Justin Manning placed second and other Tanager finishers were: A.J. Manning 18th; Craig Powell 23rd; and Dan Pearson 31st. Caleb Berry, Mitch Beirle, Tom Dendinger and Danny Redlin also were in the competition which included nearly 60 runners.
For the varsity girls, team points were: Vermillion 24, Parker 26, Dakota Valley 31; West Central 33, Alcester/Hudson 43; Beresford 45; Lennox 46; EP/J 61; and Viborg 69. Incomplete teams were Centerville, Baltic and Sioux Falls Christian.
Sierra McCauley from DV was first (16:05). For Vermillion, Katarina Gambocz came in fourth with a 16:48.85 time. Other Tanager placers were: Nikki Mollet 9th, Kayla Nelson 13th, Morgan Brooks 15th, and Katie Dehner 16th. Kayla Mollet, Tera Dehner, Sarah Plate and Teresa Ring also were part of the field of over 60 runners.
In the boys' JV division there were no team points recorded. Danny Shen was eighth as the only VHS runner in the division.
The J.V. girls' division had Emily Renner finishing third while Megan Bedard was 16th and Alyssa O'Connor 24th.