Tanager cross country runners turn in strong performance

Third, fourth and ninth places in the girls' varsity race and fifth, seventh and 11th places in the boys' varsity event were Vermillion's highlights as the Tanagers hosted their own cross country invitational at the USD Don Baker course Friday.

"We had some young kids really step up and perform well," said Coach Kelly Fischbach.
Blair Gilkyson in third and Ashley Brunick in fourth both ran what their coach described as "very strong races."  Their times were 16:30.23 and 16:42.34, respectively.  Freshman Alyssa Soesbe placed ninth in 17:32.19 in a rugged girls' field.  

Jade Fostvedt was in 24th place in 19:34.03, Jackie Hulse 25th in 19:39.87 and Jana Bye 26th in 19:40.44.

Meanwhile, Matt Hirsch continued to improve and placed fifth as the Tanagers' best in the boys' race in a 18:40.19 clocking.  Alex Card and Nathan Ford continued their consistent seasons with seventh and 11th places in 18:48.34 and 19:18.89, respectively.

Other boys' placers for VHS were Austin Krier 14th in 19:53.34, Robert Osterberg 15th in 20:07.03 and Colin Olson 20th in 21:15.85.

In the girls' JV event seventh-grader Cheyenne Mallory finished fourth in 18:59.35, a performance which Fischbach said would earn her a varsity spot in Monday's meet.  Britney Sweeney was eighth in 19:56.45, Ashley Sorensen ninth in 20:02.40, Maddie Mockler 10th in 20:15.74, Caitlin Britten 16th in 21:51.59 and McKenzie Huska 18th in 22:50.40.

Seth Miller and Will Card ran strong races in the boys' JV event, Miller leading the field wire to wire for the win in 15:59.47 and Card placing second in 16:04.37.  Other Tanager runners were Philip Erikson, seventh in 17:26.22, Joe Swanson eighth in 17:26.63, Kevin Helenurm ninth in 17:27.71, Owen Swallow 11th in 18:11.86, Joe Miller 14th in 18:22.55 and Joe Mazour 16th in 18:48.76.

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