Vermillion cross country runners will be in Lennox today (Friday) for that school's invitational, the last meet of the regular season prior to conference, regional and state meets.
Coach Kelly Fischbach's Tanagers ran well against some tough competition—"AA" schools Yankton and Norfolk � at the Yankton Invitational last Thursday.
"We had kids who went out and competed and didn't act intimidated," Fischbach said. "We ran some of our kids with younger groups their own age for a change since we were the 'little school' there.
In the boys varsity 5K Nathan Ford placed 16th in 18:26. "He ran with the lead pack for the first mile or so," the coach said, "and that took a little out of him in the end, but you never know what you can do if you don't push yourself. The varsity boys are becoming better with each meet."
Will Card was 22nd in 18:46 and Jacob Ford 35th in 20:13. In the girls' varsity 4K Morgan Hower was 18th in 18:07.
In the JV girls 4K event Alyssa Soesbe was fourth in 17:07, which would have placed her 10th or 11th in the varsity division. Britney Sweeney placed 15th in 20:05, Caitlin Britten 16th in 10:32, Jade Fostvedt 18th in 21:04 and Heidi Osterberg 27th in 27:30.
Colin Olson was 13th and Joe Swanson 26th in the boys JV 4K in respective times of 15:25 and 16:47.
Vermillion's youngsters continued to show improvement, including Sophia Taggart, ninth in the middle school girls 3K race in 13:57, and these boys who placed in the middle school 3K � Jonathan Rosales, seventh, 11:52; Logan Peterson, eighth, 11:58; Owen Swallow, 12th, 12:20; Daniel Douglas, 28th, 16:09.