By: Matt Coy
Alec Atwood led the Beresford boys to a 1-4 sweep and a perfect score of 10-points at the Big East Conference cross country meet, held Thursday, October 4 at River Ridge golf course in Garretson.
Flandreau was a distant second in the boys’ race with 43 points, and Sioux Valley placed third with a team score of 54 points. This was the fifth varsity team title for the boys this season.
Rainy and windy weather, and cold temps in the low 40s, forced the cancellation of many area meets. Despite the harsh conditions, the Big East Conference meet was a go, and the kids were ready to compete.
The Beresford team gave Flandreau a run for their money, but were unable to dethrone the defending Big East champions. Flandreau won the meet with a score of 18 points, Beresford was runner-up with 28, and Garretson was third with 32 points.
Atwood set the pace early in the boys’ 5K race as he looked to defend his individual title and the team title for the Watchdogs. The varsity boys executed their race plan, going out relaxed and slow for the first mile, before moving towards the front at the midway point.
Atwood cross the tape in 16:15 to secure the conference title. Nico Sanz Curros was the next Watchdog across the line in 16:50 and a runner-up finish.
Matthew Hoffman and Dallas Davis ran stride-for-stride in the final 600 meters, before Hoffman pulled away for the bronze medal in 17:16. Davis would secure the top-4 sweep with his fourth-place finish of 17:19.
Brandon Andrews finished in 11thplace with a time of 18:00 and medalist honors. Running in his first conference race, 7thgrader Andrew Atwood had a great debut, finishing 20thwith a time of 18:28.
In the girls’ race, Anna Atwood battled with Chester’s Cami Streff for much of the race, and the two were neck and neck at the finish line after 20 minutes of racing.
Atwood and Streff would finish with identical times of 20:03, with Streff finishing 2ndoverall and Atwood taking home the bronze medal.
Jayce Fischer was within reach of the front runners the entire race, ending up in 6thplace with a time of 20:33.
Jordyn Fischer had an outstanding race with a 14thplace finish in 21:41, which is also the 10thfastest 5K time in Beresford history.
Laura Bogue and Gabrielle Engbarth worked together to pass runners on their way to 15th(22:04) and 18thplace (22:21), respectively.
Katie Knutson held on for a 22ndplace finish in 23:17 to round out the scoring for the Watchdogs.
The JV girls placed twelve runners in the top-20 as they dominated the field with 14 points in the team standings. Flandreau placed second with 28 points.
Grace Quartier and Faith Weiland guided the girls to their dominating performance with their 3rdand 4thplace finishes in 17:50 and 17:51.
Also running for the JV girls team were Lucy Farley in 7th(17:59), Adyson Hansen in 8th(18:33), Kylie Dressen in 9th(18:51), Macy Quartier in 10th(18:55), Isabel DeLay in 14th(19:49), Mya Bak in 16th(20:04), Maria Reaves in 17th(20:09), Trisha Reisdorff in 19th(20:48), Lilly Traxler in 20th(20:49), Abigail Zanter in 25th(22:17), Shae Jones in 27th(22:20), Ashleigh Colford in 30th(22:48), and Dani Larsen in 31st(22:57).
The JV boys capped off the chilly day with a dominating performance of their own with a 14-37 victory over Flandreau.
Freshman Tommy Cordell scorched the wet course in Garretson, and raced to a victory with a Beresford JV 4K record time of 14:23.
Cody Klungseth and Caleb Weiland completed the 1-3 sweep for the JV boys with Klungseth finishing in 2ndin 14:49, and Weiland placing 3rdwith a time of 14:57.
Gage Lyle in 8th(15:31), Scott Ridely in 13th(16:02), Josh Limmer in 15th(16:09), and Cameron Wells in 17th(16:12) wrapped up the top-20 finishers for the champion Watchdogs.
Also running for Beresford were Nate Kropuenske in 21st(16:28), Max Orr in 22nd(16:37), Cameron Strom in 23rd(16:39), Isaiah Richards in 24th(16:40), Caleb Larson in 31st(17:24), Ashton Honaker in 34th(17:45), Jon DeLay in 40th(18:24), Billy Roelke in 41st(18:38), Austin Tajden in 42nd(18:39), Kaden Anderson in 43rd(19:04), Noah Colford in 44th(19:05), Kalub Bickett in 45th(19:21), Chase Lyle in 46th(19:25), Noah Turner in 48th(19:53), Jaden Muller in 49th(19:57), and Levi Gillespie in 52nd(22:11).
The Beresford teams will compete in the Region 3A meet on Thursday, October 11 at Lenkota golf course in Lennox. The girls’ varsity race starts at 3:00 PM.