By: Matt Coy
The Bridges at Beresford golf course was host to the Beresford Kickoff cross meet on Friday, August 24, and the home team won the boys varsity race by three points over Sioux Falls Christian.
Watchdog seniors Alec Atwood and Dallas Davis capitalized on their long summer of running, and finished with top-10 performances in the 5K varsity race. Atwood cruised to victory with a time of 16:56 and Davis came in 9thwith an 18:22 clocking.
Atwood and fellow senior Camden Wulf of Lennox broke away from the field and ran side-by-side at the 3K mark. Atwood decided to press the pace at this point, and with a half mile to go, established a comfortable lead. He picked up his tempo even more, racing to the line in front of a loud home crowd.
Nico Sanz Curros, a newcomer for the Watchdogs, placed 18thin 18:43, Brandon Andrews just missed a medal finishing 22ndin 18:52, and Matthew Hoffman rounded out the varsity team in 35thwith a time of 19:44.
Beresford tallied 44 points, SF Christian was 2ndwith 47, and Lennox finished 3rdwith 58.
This year, an impressive 527 runners competed in the six races. Race divisions and distances include: Varsity-5000 meters, Junior Varsity-4000 meters, and Junior High-3000 meters.
With music, t-shirts, a BBQ food truck, and one of a kind awards, the kickoff meet is one of the premier events in the state, and a true “kickoff” to the XC season.
In the girls’ varsity race, 71 girls toed the line as the temps slowly began to climb to the upper 70s with a thick, humid air lingering.
Anna Atwood and Jaycee Fischer would lead the girl’s charge, as they finished 13thand 14thin 21:46 and 21:51. The Watchdogs finished in 4thplace with 53 team points, with Luverne taking home the team trophy with 30 points.
Jordyn Fischer finished just outside the medals in 22ndplace in 22:46, and Gabrielle Engbarth was the final scorer in 27thwith a time of 23:10.
Also running for the varsity girls were Katie Knutson (33rd, 23:54), Laura Bogue (44th, 25:17), and Grace Quartier (52nd, 26:43).
The JV girls finished 4thand were led by solid finishes by Lucy Farley (24th, 20:29) and Kylie Dressen (25th, 20:29) on the difficult 4K course. Also running for the girls were Faith Weiland (30th, 21:14), Isabel DeLay (53rd, 22:59), Abigail Zanter (70th, 24:41), Danielle Larsen (76th, 26:34), Ashleigh Colford (77th, 26:59), and Jaden Bryant (78th, 27:15).
With the path moving to the rough to incorporate the unique moguls that run along many of the fairways. The staff at the Bridges and the golf course maintenance crew have done a great job keeping the grass short and in pristine condition.
In the JV boys’ 4K race, sophomore Cody Klungseth made up some major ground in the second half of the race, finishing 7thwith a time of 16:12. He was in the middle of the 123-runner field at the mile mark, before changing gears and picking off runners on his way to the finish.
Tommy Cordell nabbed a medal as well, finishing in 19thplace with a time of 16:38. Also running for the JV boys were Caleb Weiland (32nd, 17:22), Isaiah Richards (35th, 17:30), Gage Lyle (42nd, 17:46), Josh Limmer (47th, 17:57), Max Orr (53rd, 18:10), Nate Kropuenske (55th, 18:18), Caleb Larson (94th, 20:23), Kalub Bickett (96th, 20:34), Spencer Upton (100th, 21:03), Austin Tjaden (102nd, 21:09), Billy Roelke (106th, 21:43), Ashton Honaker (108th, 21:53), Noah Turner (114th, 22:33), Jaden Muller (118th, 23:17), and Chase Lyle (122nd, 25:09).
In the JH girls’ 3K race, the trio of Maiya Muller (23rd, 14:05), Adyson Hansen (24th, 14:08) and Mya Bak (25th, 14:10) helped the girls to a 5thplace finish with 95 points. Lillian Traxler (38th, 15:06), Macy Quartier (43th, 15:19), Maria Reaves (44th, 15:22), Shae Jones (74th, 17:55), and Trisha Reisdorff (75th, 18:01) rounded out the girls’ team.
The JH boys had two medalists in their 3K race with Andrew Atwood finishing runner-up with a time of 11:21 and Scott Ridley placing 9thin 12:08. Atwood gave it a shot in the final stages of the race, but couldn’t quite catch the eventual race-winner from SF Christian.
Cameron Wells just missed a medal in 22ndplace with a time of 13:00 and Cameron Strom placed 29thin 13:21. Rounding out the JH boys’ squad were Jestin Wurth (41st, 13:52), Kaden Anderson (42nd, 13:56), Jon DeLay (49th, 14:30), Noah Colford (67th, 16:15), and Levi Gillespie (76th, 19:01).
The Watchdog runners are back in action on Friday, August 31 at the Augie Twilight meet at 6:00 P.M.
Thank you to the many volunteers who helped with the Beresford Kickoff meet.