Vermillion's boys varsity cross-country team placed fourth among nine full teams at the Beresford Invitational to open their season last Friday, and the Tanager JV boys placed third.
The varsity had 80 points and two top-20 finishers, including Will Card, 10th place in 18:41.88 in the 5K race and Nathan Ford 11th in 18:42.99. The race was won by Parker's Duane Jongeling in 16:20.60.
Alyssa Soesbe's 23rd-place finish in the girls varsity 4K race in 17:52.50 was the highlight as the Tanagers placed 13th with 169 points. The winning time was 16:17.71 by Canton's Halie McMains.
"Overall it was a very good start to the season," observed Coach Kelly Fischbach. "I thought Will, Nate and Alyssa all had very good races. All three of them had much-improved times from this meet last year."
Fischbach also noted that Jacob Ford "did a nice job" in his first varsity race, placing 42nd in 20:38.46. Colin Olson was 46th in 20:46 and Regan Bye 62nd in 23:31.
Other varsity times in the girls race were Morgan Hower's 18:34 for 37th place, Jade Fostvedt's 22:17 for 68th place and Jonna Lynch's 22:39 for 70th.
"Jon Rosales and Sophia Taggart both had excellent JV races," Fischbach said, "and I look for them to make moves toward the varsity lineup soon. I was very happy with the performance of all of our young kids. For their first races of their careers, they all stepped up and ran very well."
Rosales was a strong eighth in the boys JV event in 11:55. Alex Osborne was 29th in 12:27, Brett Bye 21s in 12:30, Logan Peterson 34th in 13:06, Joe Swanson 35th in 13:07 and Daniel Douglas 69th in 17:30. Taggart placed seventh in 14:08 in the girls race, followed by Britney Sweeney, 28th in 14:53; Caitlin Britten, 34th in 15:04, and Heidi Osterberg, 56th in 18:27.
In the middle school boys race, Owen Swallow placed 14th in 13:23.
Tanager runners compete today (Friday) in the USD Don Baker Invitational.