The Watchdogs cross country team traveled to Luverne, MN early Saturday morning to take part in the 11-team Bruce Gluf cross country meet on September 9.
After the busy Homecoming week, the Watchdogs showed no signs of being tired, as they brought home team titles in the varsity boys and JH girls divisions, as well as claiming three individual titles as Alec Atwood and Cait Savey won their respective varsity 5K races, and Adyson Hansen won the JH girl’s 2-mile race.
Hansen kicked off the meet with a come-from-behind victory in the JH girl’s 2-mile race at 9:30 A.M. Her winning time of 14:50 was seven seconds better than runner-up Emma Singler of Jackson County Central (MN). Hansen powered past the MInnesota runner up the final big hill near the finish line.
The Luverne meet directors host a great meet with an exciting atmosphere filled with loud music, a DJ, concessions, and a challenging course featuring the “Luverne Hill” near the finish line. The hill is short but steep, and challenges the runners as the approach the final 100-meters of the race.
Hansen had some big help from her fellow junior high runners as they teamed up to win the team title 37-45 over Dell Rapids. Also running for the JH team were Lucy Farley (13th, 15:59), Addy Wills (14th, 15:59), Lilly Traxler (16th, 16:20), Macy Quartier (17th, 16:20), Shae Jones (18th, 16:41), and Isabel DeLay (19th, 16:49).
Alec Atwood nearly missed the start of the race as he was taking off his warm-up sweats behind the starting line as the gun was fired. He sprinted hard to catch leaders as he started a few seconds after the rest of the field.
Atwood was shaken and quickly took control of the race at the midway point, separating himself from the rest of the field, as he went on to win by over 40 seconds with a time of 16:49.
Noah Hinrichs ran his best 5K of the year placing 4th in 17:55. Dallas Davis was the number three runner for the Watchdogs in 18:22 and Jake LImmer was the last medal-winner placing 13th in 18:44.
Brandon Andrews was the key 5th and final scorer for Beresford and he ran a big personal best time of 19:34 for 22nd place. Trystan Olbertson was the pusher for the boy’s team running 21:02 to place 34th.
Beresford’s big day helped them edge Mt. Lake (MN), 45-48 for their second consecutive team title in the 2017 season.
Cait Savey continued her impressive senior campaign with a decisive win in the varsity girl’s 5K race in 18:47, over a minute faster than the rets of the field. The Watchdogs were battling a talented Luverne squad for the the team title and fell just short falling 36-48 to the Cardinals.
Anna Atwood and Gabrielle Engbarth ran near each other for much of the race as the two picked off runners in their bid for top-15 finishes. Atwood charged up the final hill to place 8th in 21:33 and Engbarth cracked the top-10 finishing in 10th with a time of 21:51.
Also running for the girls were Katie Knutson (17th, 22:36), Hannah Ebert (24th, 23:04), Laura Bogue (25th, 23:06), Sabrina Swee (27th, 23:27), and Grace Quartier (34th, 24:15).
The JH boys finished runner-up to Luverne, and had three top-15 award winners on the day with Tommy Cordell placing 3rd in 12:36, Gage Lyle finishing in 9th with a time of 13:11 and Cameron Wells running a time of 13:47 for 14th place. Also running for the JH team were Nathaniel O’Hara (23rd, 14:21), Billy Roelke (25th, 14:25), Mason Heiberger (28th, 14:34), Kalub Bickett (34th, 14:56), Spencer Upton (41st, 15:40), and Jack Erlandson (46th, 16:48).
Caleb Weiland and Jerry Chen earned top-15 t-shirts in the JV boy’s 4K race as Weiland placed 9th in 16:31, and Chen placed 11th in 16:36.
Also running for the JV boy’s 4th place team were Tristan Fischer (20th, 17:28), Josh Limmer (23rd, 17:35), Cody Klungseth (24th, 17:39), Nick Casperson (27th, 18:05), Austin Tjaden (33rd, 18:57), Caleb Larsen and (36th, 19:01), and Aitor Equiliz (43rd, 20:57).
Faith Weiland had another good race finishing 19th in 21:27 in the girl’s JV 4K race. Danielle Larsen placed 25th in 22:10, and Abigail Zanter (24:17) and Ashleigh Colford (24:20), placed 40th and 41st, respectively. The girls did not have the required 5 runners to have a full socring team.
The Watchdogs will race in the Sioux Falls Christian Invitational on Thursday, September 14 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls.