Lady O takes second at Syracuse Invite
SYRACUSE -- The Beatrice girls cross country team finished second at the Syracuse Invite on Friday.
The Lady O finished with a score of 48, which was only bested by Lincoln Pius X’s 23 points. The Beatrice boys team finished seventh out of 14 teams.
“The conditions were almost perfect for running fast times,” said Beatrice Coach Lyle Claussen. “It was cool, light wind, raining at times and misty. This was certainly true for our teams.”
Beatrice had five girls that earned medals at the meet. Veronica Pinkerton finished second with a time of 18:53.42. The only time better was Johnson County Central’s Ashlei McDonald, who finished with a time of 18:49.08.
Trinity Eichenberger was Beatrice’s next best finisher at 13th while Lauren Pieper and Josie Guernsey finished 17th and 18th respectively.
Sarah Price finished 25th for the Lady O while Mackenzie Holthus finished 53rd.
The Beatrice boys team finished seventh at the invite. Lincoln Pius X won the boys team title while Plattsmouth finished second, Aurora finished third, Mount Michael finished fourth, Thayer Central finished fifth and Auburn finished sixth.
Leading the way for the Orangemen was Evan Oltmans, who finished in 30th. Noah Hagemeier wasn’t far behind him in 32nd.
Connor Hamilton finished 37th Evan Witulski finished 47th, Devin Smith finished 49th and Devon Busboom finished 54th.
Claussen said eight of the 10 girls and all nine boys ran faster times than they did last year at this event.
“This is really pleasing to see that both teams are running not just a little faster than last year but significantly faster,” Claussen said. “Overall, we averaged almost 90 seconds per runner faster than last year.”
There were several other Sunland teams competing at the Syracuse Invite. In the girls race, Fairbury’s Josephine Blatny finished 10th while Alissa York finished 33rd for the Lady Jeffs.
Autumn Branson finished 37th, Kacy Starck finished 45th, Mikwena Lierman finished 47th Mariel Ramos finished 49th to round things out for Fairbury.
In addition to Ashlei McDonald’s individual championship, JCC got a 43rd place finish from Dakotah Ludemann, a 58th place finish from Sarai Ares, a 59th place finish from Emma Swanda and a 63rd place finish from Jazi Aschemann.
Wilber-Clatonia’s Karlie Cerveny finished 27th, Mikayla Pecka finished 41st, Harley Broz finished 56th and Bree Zoubek finished 62nd.
In the boys race, Wilber-Clatonia was led by Tommy Lokken’s 15th place finish while Garrett Pecka finished 42nd, Luke Sykes finished 45th, Seth Vlasak finished 46th, Conner Schmidt finished 69th and Kamrin Edmonds finished 82nd.
The Fairbury boys were led by Isaac Robertson’s 39th place finish while Jared Engelman finished 44th, Devin Holliday finished 53rd, Braden Graham finished 58th, Dylan Starr finished 67th and Dillon Weichel finished 81st.
The Norris boys were led by Zachary Pittman’s 14th place finish while Evan Schmidt finished 52nd, Kannon Kein finished 57th, Mitchell Hobza finished 64th and Logan Thurber finished 74th.
The JCC boys were led by Logan Barras’ 43rd place finish while Julio Reyes finished 70th, Chase Hardesty finished 75th, Alex Ortiz finished 76th, Diego Reyes finished 77th and Jason Kettelhake finished 79th.
Beatrice will be in action again on Thursday when they compete in the River Cities Conference Meet at South Sioux City.
“Omaha Skutt is the favorite in both races, however, Mount Michael will challenge them for the boys title,” Claussen said. “We are looking forward to competing against these teams as we are preparing for the district meet.”