Gering, Mitchell top field at Alliance Invite
     2015-09-24      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Roger Holsinger Photography - Gering’s Rebekah Rawlings took first in the girls competition, with time of 19:51.22. 
With team score of 21 and 23 respectively, the Mitchell boys and Gering girls ran away with cross country victories at the Alliance Invitational last Saturday.
Breaking 18 minutes, Mitchell senior Edward Grentz crossed the finish line first for the boys with a time of 17 minutes, 51.22 seconds. Teammate and fellow senior Chase Watson came in second at 17:59.78, and senior Cody Mueller also made the top 10, placing seventh with 18:21.69.

Gering placed two runners in the top 10. Sophomore Xavier Arellano was third overall, with a time of 18:04.08, and freshman Logan Moravec finished fifth in 18:13.91.
Among other local top 10 finishers, Bayard’s Alex Araujo finished fourth in 18:04.5, and the Scottsbluff Bearcat’s Robby Simmons took sixth with 18:15.15.

Rick Marez, Gering boy’s coach, said the team turned in a good performance overall. “Our goal was to be lot faster early in the race, which we accomplished,” he said.
“We always have to have an idea of how fast we can be and we did exactly that.”
He added the team has minimal injuries and is in great shape going forward the district and state meets.

In the girls’ division, team winner Gering was led by junior Rebekah Rawlings, who took first overall crossing the finish in 19:51.22. Teammate Nicole Patton finished fourth with a time of 21:49.3, followed by Hadley Kirk crossed at 22:40.5 for ninth place.

Mitchell placed two runners in the top 10. The Tigers Celeste Cardona clocked in at 20:46.5, and Madison Watson at 21:28.55, finishing second and third, respectively.
Scottsbluff runners came in as a pack to place fifth, sixth and seventh. Tayler Gipe posted a 22:04.58 finish, Morgan Mickey, 22:25.3, and Krista Holzworth, 22:27.75.
Bayard also made it into the girls’ top 10 with eighth place Jessi Smith who clocked in at 22:37.8.

In boys’ team scoring, Mitchell won the invite with 21 points, and Gering Bulldogs were second with 28. Rounding out the top five, Scottsbluff was third with 69, Bridgeport fourth with 73, and Chadron fifth with 99.
For the girls, Gering took first with 23 team points. Scottsbluff was second with 33, followed by Chadron in third with 55, Bridgeport fourth with 72 and Mitchell fifth with 76.

Results for the Scottsbluff Invitational on Sept. 22 will be in next week’s issue of the Gering Citizen. The Gering harriers also travel to compete in the University of Nebraska-Kearney Invitational next Monday (Sept. 28).


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