Vermillion's cross country runners are hoping for a good day for running this Friday at the Lennox Invitational after their most recent scheduled event, last Thursday's Yankton Invitational, was washed out by one of last week's torrential rains.
Coach Kelly Fischbach's Tanagers did get in one meet last week when they ran at Alcester-Hudson's meet. The conditions weren't wet and cold but extremely hot and windy instead on a difficult hilly course.
The VHS varsity girls, placing second as a team, had a good showing, especially Blair Gilkyson and Ashley Brunick, who placed fourth and eighth in respective times of 16:53 and 17:13. Morgan Hower also ran a strong race to place 23rd in 18:36. Alyssa Soesbe was 31st in 19:26 and Jana Bye 42nd in 20:49.
In the boys varsity race the Tanagers were also second as the veterans carried the Red and White. Alex Card, Matt Hirsch and Robert Osterberg had great races. Card was fourth in 18:28, Hirsch ninth in 18:51 and Osterberg 11th in 19:07.
"Aaron and Nate really gutted it out as well," Fischbach said, referring to Nate Ford in 15th place in 19:54 and Aaron Ruhaak in 27th in 19:58. "Cross country really is a team sport, and it is sometimes easy to overlook that." Seth Miller placed 37th in 21:32.
"It is important that runners know that the time is going to come when the team really depends on their performance and to be ready when that happens," Fischbach pointed out.
In the JV girls competition Vermillion placers were Jade Fostvedt 15th, Jackie Hulse 18th, Maddie Mockler 31st, Ashley Sorensen 36th, Britney Sweeney 38th, Shelby Glover 39th, Caitlin Britten 40th and Kenzie Huska 46th.