Cross Country: Another First Place Finish for Boys
The Rugby High School boys’ cross country team managed to secure a first place spot at a meet last week before heading into the postseason.
At the Griggs County Central G “OTT” Courage Invitational meet in Cooperstown, the boys team took first with a combined score of 49; edging out Lisbon (97) and the Medina-Pingree-Buchanan co-op.
Senior Jaydin Risovi took second place, finishing just seconds behind first place-finisher Tayler Goettle, of Lisbon.
Rugby had two other runners in the top 10 for the boys: Gabe Clements, sixth, 17:24 minutes; and John Mueller, 10th, 17:45 minutes.
The girls took fourth with a combined score of 148. Like the boys, they had an edge over Lisbon (fifth – 191), but the Hatton-Northwood-Thompson co-op (93), Carrington (104) and Grafton (134), respectively, had the edges.
Rugby had three runners in the top 20 for the girls: led by Tristin Lunde (ninth – 15:33); Ellie Duchscherer (12th – 15:47) and Kristina Brossart (15:49).
Cailee Peterson, of 10th place Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg (245), was the first place finisher of the girls’ race, finishing with a 13:66 time.
“I think we had a real good year, our girls have done a great job, we put together a better team than I thought we would have. We have some younger kids that have come along and helped booster our girls side. Our boys definitely was a pleasant surprise; having lost four seniors last year I thought we were going to be in a rebuilding mode this year, but with the advent of the Maddock kids that kinda has reloaded us pretty quick”, stated Coach Bill Jansen when assessing this year’s team.
Coach Jansen also said, ” I have been pretty happy with the boys and how they run. The kids that we have, have improved real well and the kids that we have added have been a positive addition. We always say our team goals are to finish high in the region of course.” He continued, “On the girls side it is going to be pretty tough because Hilldale has been four time state champions and this year they are not any weaker but I think we have a possibility of getting in the top two or three. On the boys side I would like to see us win it, that is the kind of team we have.”
The boys team will be led by Risovi, who is the number nine ranked Class B runner in the state and the girl’s team will be led by Lunde, who was all state last year and is looking to better her last years outstanding 14th place finish at this year’s state competition. Both teams are competing today at the regional meet in Cooperstown for a spot at the state meet. The state meet will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. in Grand Forks.
– Tribune Staff Report
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