Oct.20 at the Broadland Creek Golf & CC Course in Huron. Both boys' and girls' teams from 15 schools participated, and the VHS Teams finished seventh (girls), and 11th (boys) in the final standings.
Boys' team winner was Hill City (40) followed by Redfield (52) and McLaughlin (58). Vermillion (160) finished 11th.
Girls' team winner was Custer (58), followed by Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (78) and Garretson(82). Vermillion was seventh (117).
Tanager individual girls' places were: Lydia Ford – sixth (16:24.4); Blair Gilkyson – 21st (16:58.5); Sophie Nehlich-Arobba – (78th); Celeste Sawyers – (88th); Beth Szymonski – 103rd; and Jana Bye – (125th).
Coach Kelly Fischbach said, "This was a great finish to the season. Lydia had a good race, and to finish sixth at the state meet is quite an accomplishment. She works hard and really deserves this. Blair's 21st earned her a state medal (as a seventh grader). Both handled themselves extremely well, as this was their first experience in a race of this size.
"I am very proud of this team. A seventh place in the state is very good. Lydia showed great leadership all year and will truly be missed, along with fellow seniors Emily Renner and Celeste Sawyers. Blair, Hannah, Sophie, Beth, and Jana will bring a lot of experience for next season."
Team awards: MVP – Lydia Ford; hardest worker – Ford; most improved – Beth Szymonski.
The winner of the boys' division was Brian Eamin Entwistle (Hot Springs) (16:12.7).
Tanager boys' places were: Casey Carlson – 37th (18:07.8) Broc Gauer – 53rd (18:35.5); Brad Orr (84th); Ryan Angelo – (94th); Alex Card (117th); and Robert Osterberg – (123rd).
"The boys worked hard all year, and an 11th-place finish is higher than they were expected to do. I am very pleased with the way all six boys ran in a tough field. Casey was our top finisher, like he was all season. He has been a true leader for this team.
We lose three seniors off this team, hard to replace – Casey, Broc, and Ryan. The three returning runners showed great improvement and will be counted on for leadership next year (Brad, Alex, Robert, as well as D.J. Donahoe, who was injured)," Coach Fischbach said.
Team Awards: MVP – Casey Carlson; hardest workers – Casey and Brad Orr; most improved – Alex and Ryan.