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Panther cross country reaches midseason at number one

By Sue Sitter - | Sep 19, 2020

Submitted photo Rugby Panther varsity boys run at the Grafton Invitational Sept. 10.

With competing cross country teams far behind the Rugby Panthers varsity girls, Rugby runners are focusing on their personal bests and competing from within, according to Coach Bill Jansen.

The Panthers, who have led North Dakota Class B polls since the season began, left other teams in the dust again Thursday, Sept. 10, this time at the Grafton Invitational at Grafton’s Fair Oaks Golf Course.

“We are at the midpoint of our season and the teams are running well and looking to improve,” Jansen said via email. “The depth on the girls’ team is really starting to show. The team is getting better every day because of the amount of competition there is between teammates.”

The competition between teammates showed in finish times, when Brooklyn Bartsch, Amelia Shepard and Quinn Neppl saw fourth, sixth and eighth place times separated by tenths of seconds, and runners Ashlynn Dibble, Kinsey Arnston, Jaclyn Ducscher and Jaelyn Lunde finished within hundredths of seconds of each other.

The Panther boys’ varsity team placed sixth among the 12 competing teams in the event. Junior varsity girls placed second in the meet, while JV boys placed seventh.

The Panthers next traveled to Cavalier County for the Jason Shepard Invitational meet Sept. 17 before heading west to Beulah Sept. 22.

Results for the Jason Shepard Invitational will appear in next week’s Tribune.

Rugby results for the Grafton Invitational were:

Varsity Girls 5000 Meters:

Brooklyn Bartsch, fourth place, 20:34; Amelia Shepard, sixth place, 20:52; Quinn Neppl, eighth place, 21:13; Hannah Senechal, 10th place, 22:01; Ella Jacobson, 14th place, 22:24; Kendyl Hager, 16th place, 22:25; Sara Schmaltz, 17th place, 22:45; Mikaylee Livedalen, 19th place, 22:49; Ashlyn Dibble, 20th place, 23:05; Kinsey Arnston, 21st place, 23:06; Jaclyn Duchscher, 22nd place, 23:07; Jaelyn Lunde, 23rd place, 23:08; Rylie Suchor, 25:29.

Varsity Boys 5000 Meters:

Austin Dibble, fifth place, 18:05; Robert Dibble, 26th place, 19:30; Connor Klein, 39th place, 20:29; Jenner Johnson, 41st place, 20:31; Andrew Duchscher, 44th place, 20:52; Riley Odden, 47th place, 21:11; Kristian Fritz, 48th place, 21:13.

JV Girls 3000 Meters:

Rylah Hager, fourth place, 14:40; Mya Geisinger, sixth place, 14:45; Mya McNeff, 17th place, 15:57; Sophie Oppen, 18th place, 16:04; Haley Mayer, 21st place, 16:24; Ava Wurgler, 36th place, 18:46.

JV Boys 3000 Meters:

Maddex Kirchofner, eighth place, 14:01; Wyatt Oppen, 17th place, 15:31.

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