|Rawlings clenches title at Sidney: Mitchell junior Edward Grentz wins boy’s division|
|October 09, 2014 Jerry Purvis|
Sidney hosted the Western Conference cross country event at Deer Run Park last Saturday, and local schools came away with strong finishes.
Host Sidney claimed first place with a team score of 34 and Scottsbluff placed second with 36 points. Gering was in third with 40 and Mitchell took fourth with 42 team points.
In individual scoring, Gering sophomore Rebekah Rawlings was in first with a time of 19:38. Senior teammate Kali Rimington placed fourth at 20:54 and freshman Nicole Patton was 10th with a 21:41 time.
“It was another great day for the girls,” said Gering coach Caleigh Walker. “We had a good finish altogether and the girls did a better job of getting our runners closer together.”
Walker added the team knew it would be a tough challenge. Runners were just coming off the UNK invite and were tired. Plus they had a hard week of practice before heading to Sidney.
“The girls are pretty focused on what they want to accomplish the next couple of weeks,” she said. “Their goal is to qualify for the state meet again. So this was another stepping stone to that goal.”
For the Gering boys, freshman Xavier Arellano was in second place with a 17:38 time. And senior Keenean Fogle turned in an 18:25 time for 11th place.
“It was a middle-of –the-road for us as a team,” said boys’ coach Rick Marez. “We had some guys who did great stuff and some who struggled. That’s happens. But overall, they did a good job.”
Junior Ty Romey ran his best race of the year to place 14th at 18:44. “That helped us as a team because we’ll need him at the district meets.”
Marez said that right now, they’re emphasizing the little things like staying healthy and hydrated. “Our workout are starting to be a little shorter but faster. We want to be mentally ready for districts.”
A goal for any team is to tighten up the time between runners completing the course. That happened for Scottsbluff on Saturday as Junior Collin Maag placed sixth overall, coming in at 18:03. Sophomore Noah Hergenreder was seventh, two seconds back at 18:05. And freshman Jesse Jamarillo was eighth, one second later at 18:06.
For the Scottsbluff girls, freshman Mana Garcia was fifth with a 21:31 time.
“We ran a different lineup on Saturday so we could rest our top runners for the conference meet in Hastings,” Coach Jim Barker said. “The kids who did run in Sidney did a great job and I’m pleased with how things went.”
Finishing in fourth as a team, Mitchell also had some solid individual performances. Junior Edward Grentz won the boy’s division with a 17:23 time and fellow junior Chase Watson came in third at 17:44.
For the Mitchell girls, sophomore Celeste Cardona was second at 20:15 and junior Madison Watson took ninth with a 21:39 time.
“It was a bit of a disappointment that Celeste came in second,” said Mitchell head coach Mike Harriger. “She ran a decent time and she’ll be all right.”
Coach Harriger also pointed out Edward Grentz, who ran a “smart race,” Chase Watson who came in third, and freshman Max Avila, who placed 20th with a 19:15 time.
“Max really improved his time,” Harriger said. “He was one of the standouts for me and I’m glad he’ll be here for another three years.”
Mitchell is in Gordon-Rushville on Friday for the Western Trails Conference tournament.