Lady O runners finish 3rd at Waverly Invite
WAVERLY -- The Beatrice girls cross country team had four individuals finish in the top 20 and finished third as a team.
The Lady O finished behind team champion Elkhorn and runner-up Norris at the meet.
Beatrice finished third despite one of their top runners, Veronica Pinkerton, suffering illness and was unable to finish.
Elkhorn had five of the top six runners while Norris’ Samantha Palermo was the only non-Elkhorn runner in the top six. She finished runner-up.
Josie Guernsey, Trinity Eichenberger and Lauren Pieper finished 16th, 17th and 18th respectively for Beatrice. Linda Humble finished 20th and Sarah Price finished 28th.
“All the girls ran a really nice race,” said Beatrice coach Lyle Claussen. “Josie kept moving up through out the race and finished as our number one runner, Trinity and Lauren have traded off being number two and three and Linda ran her strongest race of the season. Sarah also continues to improve and provides a solid team position in these races.”
The Beatrice boys are also short-handed after the loss of Dylan Diehl and Connor Hamilton still recovering from an ankle injury.
Evan Oltmans led the Beatrice boys team, finishing 25th while Devon Busboom finished 38th. Noah Hagemeier finished 43rd, Devon Smith finished 52nd, Connor Hamilton finished 55th and Collin Hartig finished 56th.
“We are having solid performances by Evan Oltman’s, Noah Hagemeier and Devin Smith,” Claussen said. “A real surprise has been Devon Busboom, a freshman, is coming along very nicely. Collin Hartig along with Luke Netherton are running consistently better times.”
After Palermo’s second place finish for the Norris girls, their next best finisher was Hannah Susie in seventh. Libby Gourlay finished 12th, Maya Hunzier finished 13th, Sydney Hobza finished 21st and Brook Pfeiffer finished 29th.
Leading the Norris boys was Zackary VanBrocklin with a second place finish while Zachary Pittman finished seventh, Callum Olmer finished 31st, Blake Pfeiffer finished 32nd, Seneca Hornung-Scherr finished 34th and Kannon Keim finished 44th.
The Norris boys finished fourth in the team standings behind Bryan High, Ralston and Mount Michael. Bryan’s Hagmeldin Abdalla won the individual championship.
Beatrice will be in action again Tuesday when they travel to the Crete Invite.