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Rainy run at Cooperstown

By Staff | Sep 13, 2019

Rugby High School Panther cross country runners finished among the top teams at Cooperstown Country Club Saturday for the Cooperstown Invitational, continuing a trend for the season.

Coach Bill Jansen described the event in the east-central part of the state as “another small meet because of the rain. The kids ran well and handled the elements very well.”

Rugby varsity girls placed first among nine teams in their 5000-meter event with 32 total finish time points.

“Quinn Neppl was our top runner again and ran a good race,” Jansen noted. “Brooklyn Bartsch and Amelia Shepard had good races as well.”

Neppl finished second in the varsity girls’ event with a time of 20 minutes, 11 seconds. Bartsch finished in third place with a time of 20:15. Shepard’s 21:09 finish earned her sixth place.

More girls’ varsity finishers were: Kelly Arnston, 10th place, 21:23; Ellie Duchscherer, 11th place, 21:48; Ella Jacobson, 13th place, 22:07; Mykell Heidlebaugh, 14th place, 22:17; Kendyl Hager, 17th place, 22:53; Rylie Suchor, 18th place, 22:59; Kinsey Arnston, 20th place, 23:21; Mikaylee Livedalen, 21st place, 23:22; Haylee Mayer, 24th place, 23:43; Megan Schmaltz, 25th place, 23:46; Kristina Brossart, 27th place, 24:07; Anna Clements, 31st place, 24:32 and Mya Geisinger, 33rd place, 24:57.

Rugby varsity boys placed fifth in their 5000-meter event with 123 finish time points.

“The team as a whole is progressing well,” Jansen noted. “Dawson Schepp was our top boy and had a good race along with Austin Dibble who had a good one as well. We are looking for the other boys to keep improving so we are ready to have competitive races at the end of the season.”

Schepp’s finish time of 17:33 earned him third place, while Austin Dibble finished in fifth place with a time of 17:47.

Other Panther finishers in the varsity boys’ event were: Robert Dibble, 30thplace, 20:11; Riley Odden, 38thplace, 21:10; Kristian Fritz, 47thplace, 22:51 and Trenton Sanford, 57thplace, 27:39.

Rugby’s JV girls placed first in their 3000-meter event with 37 points, while JV boys placed second in their event with 45 points.

Rugby JV girls’ event finishers were: Jaclyn Duchscherer, second place, 14:12; Rylah Hager, fifth place, 15:05; Mya McNeff, seventh place, 15:24; Sophie Oppen, ninth place, 15:34 and Mattisyn Jacobson, 14th place, 17:50.

Junior varsity boys’ event finishers were: Connor Klein, second place, 13:26; Maddex Kirchofner, fourth place, 14:15 and Ethan Sveet, eighth place, 14:45.

The Panthers travel to Grahams Island State Park today for the Devils Lake Invitational meet.

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