Vermillion cross country runners fought gusty winds as they toured the course at the Don Baker Invitational last Friday.
In the boys varsity event all five of the men who had run the previous week bettered their times. Coach Kelly Fischbach considered that impressive, considering the windy conditions. "I am very excited about the performance of the boys varsity so far," she said.
Alex Card placed fifth in 18:43 with Matt Hirsch nipping at his heels in sixth in 18:48. Nathan Ford placed 10th in 19:13, Aaron Ruhaak 18th in 20:15, Robert Osterberg 19th in 20:20 and Austin Krier, running in his first cross country race, 20th in 20:34.
Blair Gilkyson placed sixth among varsity girls in 16:58. "She ran a solid race and placed right where we need her to ? in the top five or six," Fischbach noted. Morgan Hower took almost 50 seconds off her time from the previous meet, placing 11th in 17:49. Jana Bye placed 28th in 19:55, an improvement of 26 seconds.
Vermillion had four runners among the top 10 in the JV boys event, and Fischbach said those boys are challenging for varsity spots. Will Card was fourth in 15:48, Colin Olson fifth in 16:01, Seth Miller ninth in 16:31.4, Regan Bye 10th in 16;31.8, Kevin Callahan 12th in 17:09, Joe Swanson 18th in 17:49, Joe Mazour 19th in 18:11, Chris Weber 21st in 18:20 and Owen Swallow 25th in 19:34. Running unattached, Jake Ford placed 15th in 17:25.
Alyssa Soesbe and Jade Fostvedt ran great races in the JV girls race, the latter going 30 seconds faster than at the Beresford meet, and both will move up to the varsity next week. Soesbe was fourth in 13:21 and Fostvedt seventh in 13:46. Other placers: Jackie Hulse ninth, 14:26; Cheyenne Mallory 10th, 14:31; Maddie Mockler 13th, 15:00; Britney Sweeney 15th, 15:25; Ashley Sorensen 17th, 15:38, Shelby Glover 19th, 16:10, Kenzie Huska 23rd, 16:37, and Caitlin Britten 24th, 16:42. For Mallory it was her first cross country race.
The Tanager runners compete next at their own invitational on the Don Baker course next Friday, Sept. 17.