Cross Country: Boys Take Second at State
On a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon led by senior Jaydin Risovi, the Rugby High School boys cross country team managed to secure a second-place spot at the State Class B Cross Country meet in Grand Forks last week.
Finishing in 17:21 minutes, Risovi not only took 10th place overall but was also nominated for an all-state award.
Other leaders for Rugby were John Mueller (23rd – 18:22), Gabe Clements (40th – 18:39) and Dawson Schepp (44th – 18:45). Collectively, the boys had a team score of 178.
New Town (17) was the winning team of the day, with three of its runners – Ryan Wheeling, Jalen and Joe Chase – taking first, second and third, respectively.
New Town also had a three-point edge over the 11th-place Rugby girls squad (309). Eighth graders Kristina Brossart (30th – 16:39) and Ellie Duchscherer (38th – 16:55) emerged as leaders for the girls squad. Sophomore Tristin Lunde was the next closest runner for Rugby, finishing in 17:13 minutes for a 53rd-place finish.
The girls had two runners who did not finish, junior Karin Selland and sophomore Kaitlyn Boucher.
“Results were great on the boys side. But still it wasn’t our best race on the boys or girls side. I feel both teams ran better last week, but Jaydin finishing in the top-ten in state was quite an accomplishment and a really big honor for him.” Coach Bill Jansen said about the boys second-place state finish.
He continued, “John Mueller, Gabe Clements and Dawson Schepp also ran well with Mueller just finishing out of all-state honors. The girls had a harder time of it placing 11th, but our younger girls Kristina Brossart and Ellie Duchscherer really stepped up and had a great race. Tristin had a tough race but she is fighting through a lot of injuries. Tristin is one of those special runners just won’t quit, she tries to work through it.”
With boys team losing just one senior and the girls team returning all their runners, to quote Coach Jansen “The future looks bright for cross country” Bright indeed.
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