Panthers face stiff competition
Rugby’s cross country teams faced some challenging competitors at the Hatton/Northwood/Thompson “Thunder” Invitational Tournament at the Northwood Golf Course on Aug. 25.
At the end of the day, the Lady Panthers ended up in fourth place with 152 points. Valley City took first with 107, Minot took second place with 122 and Grand Forks Central came in third with 124. Grafton rounded out the top five with 157 points. Twenty-one teams participated.
Senior Sydney Kraft led the Panthers with a fifth place showing at a time of 17:11 in the 4000 meter race. Lauren Christenson finished 30 seconds behind Kraft in 12th place with a time of 17:41. Others placing were: Bailey Nelson, Allison Foster, Hannah Christenson, Shanaya Fred, Mckenzie Johnson, Camille Klein, Cassandra Jaeger, Aubrey Hovland, Tashal Trottier, and Paxton Klein. The varsity girls had 132 runners competing.
Erik Wangler and Kyle Volk led the boys team with 8th and 9th place finishes and just eight seconds difference in times. Wangler made it in 18:12 and Volk made it in 18:20. Others placing were: Kyle Halvorson, Andrew Hershey, Tanner Bernhardt, and Taylor DeMers. The varsity boys 5000 meter race had 68 runners.
Rugby Boys Team came in third after two Grand Forks teams. Grand Forks Red River took first place with 30 points followed by Grand Forks Central at 63 points. Rugby had 94 points. Lisbon had a 140 points for fourth place and rounding out the top five was Devils Lake with 148 points. Sixteen teams competed.
Out of 41 runners in the junior varsity boys 4000 meter race, Noah Kraft of Rugby placed 24th with a time of 18:22. Rugby placed 9th with 198 points.
In the junior high boys 3000 meters race there were 33 runners competing. John Mueller took fourth place with 13:33 as his time. Tyler Schmaltz placed 12th with 14:02. Preston Tryba placed 32nd with 18:39. Rugby’s junior high team placed third with 117 points.
The Varsity Cross Country teams were headed for the Mouse River Local on Thursday, September 1.
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