|Gering runners first|
|October 07, 2016 Jerry Purvis|
The Gering Cross Country team had a good first day of October at the Western Conference meet at Chadron as Bulldog runners took first place among runners in both girls’ and boys’ divisions.
Gering’s Rebekah Rawlings led the way for the girls, turning in a time of 20:09. Teammate Tukker Romey came in second at 20:40. Also finishing in the top 15 were Carlie Sides in 11th at 22:08, Morgan Van Anne in 12th at 22:11 and Nicole Patton in 15th at 22:28. The Gering girls also took first place in the team standings with 24 points.
On the boys’ side, Gering’s Xavier Arellano crossed the tape in first place with a time of 17:43. Finishing in the top 15 for Gering were Logan Moravec in 7th at 18:45 and Alexander Brady with a 19:14 time for 11th place. The Gering boys placed second as a team with 23 points.
“Overall it was a pretty good day for us,” said Gering Coach Rick Marez. “The kids ran a lot of personal records. They responded to the tough workouts that week better than any of us thought.”
Marez added the runners did a good job running as a pack, something that will be important for them as the district meet approaches on Oct. 13 in Ogallala.
“We’ve had some injuries that we’re dealing with on both the boys; and girls’ sides,” he said “We’re at that point where we have to see where we are and I thought everyone who was coming in at anything less than 100 percent did a really good job running.”
The state cross country meet is scheduled for Oct. 21 in Kearney. The top three teams from each district qualify for the state meet, along with the top 15 individual finishers.
“Right now we’re just trying to get everyone healthy for districts,” Marez said. “We’ll start reducing some of our mileage and get some of the kids off their feet.”
Scottsbluff, who won the state Class B meet last year for both boys and girls, also competed at Chadron, although they left several of their best runners at home.
The Scottsbluff boys earned 60 points as a team for 4th place. Runners in the top 15 were Robby Simmons in 10th with a 19:04 time and Joseph Maag close behind in 11th at 19:12.
The Scottsbluff girls didn’t place in the top four team scores, but Yara Garcia finished in 14th with a time of 22:20.
“We held out our top runners in both boys and girls so we would go into the final three meets rested and ready to compete hard,” said Scottsbluff Coach Jim Barker. “We still had some good things happen. We had one boy finish in the top 10 and another was at 11. Both of them will be with us for the next meet.”
Before the district and state meets, Scottsbluff is running in the Greater Nebraska Activities Conference meet in Lexington today (Oct. 7). Some of the other runners will come from schools like Kearney, North Platte, McCook, and host Lexington. Some of them are Class A schools that Scottsbluff only sees once a year.
“I like our chances at the state meet,” Barker said. “Everyone seems to be healthy and we’re looking forward to what baseball calls the postseason.”
The Mitchell Cross Country team also ran at the Western Conference meet in Chadron. The boys’ had Max Avila and Caleb Koranda coming in as a pack, Avila in 13th at 19:20 and Koranda close behind in 14th at 19:26.
The Mitchell girls had four runners in the top 15. Madison Watson and Celeste Cardona came in 5th and 6th with times of 21:44 for Watson and 21:46 for Cardona. Teammate Hannah Knepper was 8th at 21:50 and Regan Hodsden was 13th with a time of 22:18.