BHS runners compete at UNK Invite
KEARNEY -- The Beatrice boys and girls cross country teams competed at the University of Nebraska-Kearney Invite on Monday.
The UNK Invite is one of the biggest events of the year for the Orangemen and Lady O and it ’s ran on the same course that the NSAA State Track and Field meet is run on.
The girls team finished seventh in Class B at the meet. Veronica Pinkerton was the top finisher for the Lady O -- earning a 17th place medal.
Trinity Eichenberger finished 28th and her time was 82 seconds faster than last year. Lauren Pieper was 43rd and she ran her fastest time of the year.
Josie Guernsey was 53rd and her time of 22:29 was just seven seconds off her time from last year. Sarah Price ran 22:52 and finished 61st while Linda Humble finished 84th at 23:29 and Mackenzie Holthus ran 28:22 and was 179th.
“The girls ran very well,” said Beatrice coach Lyle Claussen. “We closed the gap on both Norris and Aurora -- which are two teams in our district.”
The boys team finished 20th and were led by Noah Hagemeier and Evan Oltmans with times of 19:00 and 19:09 respectively.
“Both of those times were faster than last year,” Claussen said. “Everyone on the boys team had their best times of the season.”
Connor Hamilton finished with a time of 19:47 while Evan Witulski had his best time of his career at 19:48. He was followed closely by Devon Busboom at 19:50 and Devin Smith at 19:58. Smith’s time was 46 seconds faster than last year. Luke Netherton rounded things out with a time of 20:22, which was the fastest of his career.
The Beatrice cross country teams will be in action again on Friday when they travel to the Syracuse Invite.
Elsewhere in Class B at the meet, the Norris boys finished 14th and had one individual top 10 finisher in Zachary VanBrocklin at fourth. The Norris girls finished sixth and got a firth place individual finish from Samantha Palermo.
The Fairbury girls finished 10th in Class C while the Fairbury boys finished 20th.
In Class D, the Tri County boys finished sixth and got an individual championship from Creighton Niemeyer. The Tri County girls finished sixth and also got a sixth place individual finish from Ella Crawford.