Tanager cross country only has 2 home races

Tanager cross country only has 2 home races By Parker Knox Sports Writer Vermillion High Schoolâ�?�?s cross country runners have only two chances all season to run in front of hometown fans, and the first occurs Saturday. The Tanagers will run along with dozens of high school, college and university athletes in the various events of USDâ�?�?s Don Baker Invitational Saturday morning on the Baker course at the north end of the university campus. In their season-opening meet, the Beresford Invitational last Friday, the Tanager girlsâ�?�? squad placed fourth among 21 schools that joined them there for what Coach Kelly Fischbach called a very competitive meet, and the boysâ�?�? team placed seventh. The individual highlight for Vermillion was Blair Gilkysonâ�?�?s ninth-place finish in the girlsâ�?�? varsity 4,000-meter race in a time of 17:22. Sophie Nehlich-Arobba placed 29th in 18:15, Beth Szymonski 34th in 18:21, and Hannah Nehlich-Arobba 40th in 18:30. â�?�?Blair ran a very good race to finish that well among that many runners,â�? Fischbach said. â�?�?Sophie, Beth and Hannah all ran in a pack. Now we have to move that pack a little closer to the front and we will be in great shape.â�? Other Vermillion runners in the girlsâ�?�? varsity contest were Cassie Donahoe, 65th in 20:17, and Jana Bye, 68th in 20:57. â�?�?Considering how young and inexperienced they are,â�? Fischbach said of the boysâ�?�? varsity 5,000-meter event, â�?�?our boys ran well.�?  The four runners who scored for us had not run any varsity races before, and three of them were running in their first cross-country race.�?  â�?�?They were all close together. When we are able to put Brad Orr and Bennet Johnson back in the lineup, we will be in good shape.â�? Nick Britten in 31st place in a time of 19:52, Carson Sullivan in 33rd in 19:55, Tanner Anderson in 36th place in 19:57 and Matthew Hirsch in 44th in 20:11 were the four men whose�? places counted toward Vermillionâ�?�?s team points total. Also running in the boysâ�?�? varsity race for the Tanagers were Alex Card, 58th in 20:54; J.R. Moore, 69th in 22:28; Robert Osterberg, 75th in 23:16, and Ryun Fischbach, 77th in 23:25. These were Vermillionâ�?�?s results in the girlsâ�?�? JV 3,000-meter race:�?  Morgan Hower, fourth, 13:47; Jonna Lynch, 10th, 14:18; Jade Fostvedt, 13th, 14:26; Caitlin Britten, 71st, 20:11. In the boysâ�?�? JV 3,000-meter run, Jason Rasmussen placed 41st in a 13:40 clocking, and Sichoung Huang was 63rd in 14:33.

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