Three VHS runners qualify for state meet By Parker Knox
Sports Writer Three runners have earned the right to wear the colors of Vermillion High School in Saturdayâ�?�?s state cross-country meet at Huron. Senior Brad Orr placed 18th in the boysâ�?�? varsity race at the Region 3A meet in Lennox Friday in a time of 18:11. Placing within the top 20 runners is the requirement for an individual to qualify for state. In the girlsâ�?�? varsity race a pair of eighth graders, Blair Gilkyson and Morgan Hower, placed sixth and 20th, respectively, to earn their spots in the state meet. Gilkyson finished in 15:36, and Howerâ�?�?s time was 16:13. â�?�?I am very excited for Blair, Morgan and Brad,â�? said coach Kelly Fischbach. â�?�?It is quite an accomplishment to qualify for the state meet.â�? The VHS girlsâ�?�? team placed fifth with 85 points while the boysâ�?�? varsity placed eighth with 104 points. â�?�?It was a bit disappointing to not qualify the whole team, but things just didnâ�?�?t work out for us,â�? Fischbach added. â�?�?Our young kids performed extremely well, which really looks good for the future.â�? Every VHS cross-country runner except seniors Orr and J.R. Moore returns next year. Another Vermillion highlight Friday was a one-two finish by Alex Card and Tanner Anderson, respectively, in the boysâ�?�? junior varsity event. Other Vermillion results at the regional meet: Boysâ�?�? varsity: Bennett Johnson, 24th, 18:29. Robert Osterberg, 33rd, 19:00. Carson Sullivan, 37th, 19:17. Matt Hirsch, 39th, 19:30. J.R. Moore, 45th, 19:41. Girlsâ�?�? varsity: Beth Szymonski, 32nd, 16:54. Ashley Brunick, 35th, 17:02. Sophie Nehlich-Arobba, 42nd, 17:09. Hannah Nehlich-Arobba, 44th, 17:20. Boysâ�?�? JV: Alex Card, first, 14:18. Tanner Anderson, second, 14:28. Nathan Ford, 15th, 15:50. Ryun Fischbach, 17th, 15:56. SiChuong Huang, 19th, 16:05. Kevin Helenurm, 34th, 17:25. Joe Swanson, 46th, 18:58. Girlsâ�?�? JV: Jade Fostvedt, sixth, 17:42. Cassie Donohoe, 14th, 18:23. Caitlin Britten, 44th, 22:25.