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By Staff | Oct 23, 2015

2015 Cross Country All-Region and Outstanding Senior Athlete nominees   Jaydin Risovi, Gabe Clements, John Mueller, Dawson Schepp, Kadin Neppl, Tristin Lunde, Ellie Duchscherer, Kristina Brossart. Photo submitted

It was a gooooood day was how Coach Bill Jansen described his team’s performance in last week’s Regional Cross Country Tournament, where several runners for the Rugby High School Cross Country boys and girls teams took home all-region honors in Cooperstown.

The boys team took home first place (56). Jaydin Risovi, who took second place with a 17:01 time, led the Rugby boys. He was just thirty seconds behind first place-finisher Issac Huber, of Edgeley (16:31).

Risovi took home an all-region award, and was named one of the three senior athletes of the year nominees – along with Taylor Goettle, of Lisbon, and Landon Krapp, of Medina-Pingree-Buchanan co-op.

“There were people at the mile markers telling us the time. When they said we just did 5:05 for the first mile, I was a little worried because I thought that it was going pretty fast, but it ended up okay”, said Risovi. He continued, “It was almost a perfect day for the team. I am still hoping our team can go to state and get second; that would be great. I am really excited about going to state and competing.”

Other Rugby boys taking home all-region awards were Dawson Schepp (10th, 17:45), Kadin Neppl (13th, 17:52), John Mueller (14th, 17:53) and Gabe Clements (18:03).

The girls saw three runners take home all-region awards: Tristin Lunde, Ellie Duchscherer and Kristina Brossart. All three finished within seconds of each other, with Lunde taking 14th place (16:04), Duchscherer taking 15th (16:05) and Brossart taking 16th (16:06). As a team, Rugby took third, with a 20-point edge in scoring over Carrington (138). Hillsboro-Central Valley took first (57), and Hatton-Northwood-Thompson co-op took second (105).

Lunde shared this about the Region race, “It was really challenging, there was a lot of runners and it was a really fast paced race. I felt good getting out and running with my teammates.” She continued, “It was awesome running with Ellie Duchscherer and Kristina Brossart we really pushed each other.”

Cailee Peterson, of Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg, was the first place finisher for the girls, finishing in 14:22 minutes.

Coach Jansen also took home an award: Coach of the year for the boys’ division.

Jansen shared, “A lot of good things happened to us at Regionals. First, it was a perfect day to run. Our boys ran the best race of the year. It is a good sign we are building, but hopefully that isn’t our best race of the year, I hope we got one more good race in us.” Coach continued, ” We ran very well. The girls, we had some kids Taylor Nelson has been injured and she came back and ran a really nice race our top three ran really well. Karsyn Hager has run a little bit she has been in volleyball of course she has been our fourth runner and she ran pretty well on Saturday. On a whole all our girls ran pretty well.” Coach Jansen also said, “Anytime you have eight all region runners; five on the boy side and three on the girls side that’s pretty good, I think we had three last year, two boys and a girl. This shows we are moving in the right direction. Plus, they are pretty young. We only have one senior and that is a positive too

“We get kids to come out and participate. I always said we have good kids here and they always participate in things and they are willing to work and the parents are behind what we are doing”, said Coach Jansen when asked what contributed to the continued success of the cross-country team.

The state cross-country meet takes place today at Grand Forks Lincoln Park. Class B girls will compete at 3 p.m., and class B boys will compete 45 minutes later.

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