Tanager runners on track to post-season competition

It's now the postseason for Vermillion High's cross country runners.

The Tanagers head to Beresford this afternoon to run in the Region 3A meet with qualification for the state meet on the line. An athlete must place among the top 20 individuals in the race or be among the top five runners on any one of the top three teams in order to earn the right to run in Rapid City on Oct. 24.

At the Big 8 Conference meet in Madison last week, Blair Gilkyson blazed to a sixth-place finish in the girls varsity 4K event for Vermillion's best finish. Her time was 17:19.36. Morgan Hower was also in the top 20 with a 16th-place time of 18:29.66.

Alex Card placed 15th in the boys varsity 5K race in a time of 18:15.78 for the best Tanager finish.

West Central's girls and Madison's boys won the conference team championships.

Seth Miller's second place led Vermillion's team to a second-place standing behind Madison in the boys JV competition. Miller's time was 16:10.13 for the 4K contest.  Micah Rarick in 13th and Philip Erikson in 17th were also top-20 runners for VHS.

All of Vermillion's results:
Boys varsity 5K:  15, Alex Card, 18:15.78.  23, Robert Osterberg, 19:01.82.  24, Nathan Ford, 19:04.64.  26, Carson Sullivan, 19:50.75.  28, Jason Rasmussen, 20:25.97.  29, Matthew Hirsch, 20:29.61.

Girls varsity 4K:  6, Blair Gilkyson, 17:19.36.  16, Morgan Hower, 18:29.66.  23, Jade Fostvedt, 19:10.39.  27, Jackie Hulse, 19:45.35.  29, Jonna Lynch, 20:57.76.  30, Cassie Donahoe, 22:12.60.

JV boys 4K:  2, Seth Miller, 16:10.13.  13, Micah Rarick, 17:32.45.  17, Philip Erikson, 17:53.54.  21, Ryun Fischbach, 18:32.37.  27, Mateo Piper, 19:06.57.  29, Derek Iverson, 19:27.69.  32, Lucas Iverson, 19:42.96.  33, Kevin Helenurm, 19:45.85.  42, Joe Swanson, 20:33.45.  46, Dylan Scheidel, 21:26.30.

JV girls 4K:  21, Britney Sweeney, 21:39.39.  25, Ashley Iverson, 22:06.69.  35, Caitlin Britten, 24:06.18.

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