Tanager cross-country preparing for Region meet

The postseason has arrived for the Vermillion High cross country teams, and the Tanagers will go to Beresford next Friday for the Region 3A meet as they try to qualify for the state meet.

The Tanagers, who ran in the Big 8 Conference meet at Madison Thursday, competed at the Lennox Invitational on a cold, rainy day last Friday.

Vermillion's highlight was a strong second-place finish by Blair Gilkyson in the girls varsity event.  Her time of 15:44.31 was just over five seconds behind the winner.  "Blair ran very well," said Coach Kelly Fischbach, "especially for her first race in about a year."

Morgan Hower crossed the finish line in 36th place in 17:34.78, and Jade Fostvedt was 41st in 17:46.99.

"The boys looked very good," said Coach Kelly Fischbach.  "I think all five varsity boys had their best times of the year, which is excellent in those conditions.  I am very proud of all of them."

Leading the way for Vermillion was Alex Card with a 15th-place time of 18:40.  Nathan Ford placed 25th in 19:29, Robert Osterberg 27th in 19:39, Matt Hirsch 33rd in 20:02 and Seth Miller 36th in 20:22.

Philip Erikson had Vermillion's highest finish in the JV boys event with a ninth-place 16:43.  Jacob Ford was 11th in 17:18, Colin Olson 13th in 17:23, Derek Iverson 20th in 18:29, Kevin Helenurm 21st in 18:32 and Dylan Scheidel 26th in 19:23.

Vermillion sent four runners to Lennox in the middle school division.  In the boys' event Mateo Piper placed a strong fourth in 12:39 and Joe Swanson was ninth in 13:52.  Among the girls Ashley Sorensen placed ninth in 14:49 and Caitlin Britten 13th in 16:24.

"We hope to get everyone healthy and back in time for regions," Fischbach said.

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