Gering girls make first place finish at Alliance
     2014-09-25      By Jerry Purvis    new@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Nathan Flowers/Spectrum Photo Gering freshman Xavier Arellano hits his stride at Gering. Arellano placed second at 17:47 in Alliance. 
The Gering girls cross country team posted a convincing win at the Alliance Invite last Saturday with a low score of 13 points. The field included 59 boys and 35 girls, representing 10 area high schools.
On the boys’ side, Scottsbluff took first place with 37 team points and Gering was in second, three points behind at 40.

Gering’s top individual runners both came in second in the field. Sophomore Rebekah Rawlings posted a time of 19: 49 and freshman Xavier Arellano was at 17:47.
“It was another great race day for us,” said Gering girls’ coach Caleigh Walker. “They just get better each week. Marissa Robles, our junior, was coming off an illness and was our fourth scorer on Saturday, which really helped us out.”

With a time of 23:01, Robles placed 11th overall. Other top scorers for the Gering girls were senior Kali Rimington in fifth with a 20:47 time and freshman Nicole Patton in ninth with a time of 22:36. Freshman Franchaska Plascencio and junior Hadley Kirk were 15th and 16th respectively with identical times of 23:38.
“Our JV girls also had a great race on Saturday,” Walker said. “Some of them had faster times than a year ago. All the girls are working hard as some of the toughest meets are still coming up. We still have work to do in closing the time gap for our top four runners.”

Rick Marez, the Gering boys’ coach, said the team did a good job in finishing second. “Kale Hamilton has been struggling with some injuries but was back to 90 percent for the weekend and ran a great race. That was fun to see.”
Marez said the team has to remember the process of getting better each week. “Sometimes you can lose sight of that in competition, but they did a good job of getting out there and not worrying about the end result.”

Gering’s other scorers for the boys were junior Jacey Shaul in 10th with an 18:24 time and senior Keenean Fogel, who came in 12th with a time of 18:33.
Marez said the team is more comfortable with running and some of the newcomers are trying out new approaches, like coming out fast and making some surges in the middle of the course.

Scottsbluff coach Jim Barker didn’t use his top runners for the event, instead opting for giving the younger runners a shot at competing at the varsity level. The boys’ squad came in first with 37 team points.
Top runners for the Bearcat boys were freshman Jesse Jamarillo in fifth with an 18:06 time for the 5K course. Sophomore Noah Hergenrader came in seventh with an 18:17 time and junior Collin Maag was 11th with a time of 18:28.

Mitchell High School took third place at the Invite with a team score of 46 points. Two of their runners both took first place among the individual results. Junior Edward Grentz turned in a time of 17:37 and sophomore Celeste Cardona came in at 19:44.

Other top finishers for Mitchell were junior Chase Watson with an 18:02 time and sister Madison Watson, a sophomore, at 22:27 for the girls.
Freshman Courtney Knisley of Banner County rounded out the overall girls’ field at 18th with a 23:49 time.

All area teams were running in the Scottsbluff Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 23, but results were not available before press time.

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