Runners ready for state cross country meet
     2016-10-21      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Both Scottsbluff and Gering girls’ cross country teams are headed to the state meet after a 1-2 finish Oct. 13 at the B-4 District meet at Ogallala.

The Scottsbluff girls had 23 team points to win the district meet, with Gering in second at 35. This is the third year in a row the Scottsbluff girls have won the district meet.

The top two runners were seniors. Scottsbluff’s Whitney Riesen won her second straight district title with an 18:54.4 time. Gering’s Rebekah Rawlings came in second at 19:10.7.

Placing in the top 15 for Scottsbluff were juniors Kaylee Bentley in fifth at 19:53.7 and Kierra Schmidt in seventh at 20:26.4. Teammate Tayler Gipe, a senior, posted a 20:40.5 time for 10th place.

“Our girls’ team has depth,” said Scottsbluff Coach Jim Barker. “When one person is having an off day, someone else will always step it up. Tayler Gipe really did that for us at districts.”

For Gering, freshman Tukker Romey came in fourth at 19:49.4. Juniors Nicole Patton was 14th at 20:58.2 and Carlie Sides close behind in 15th at 21:04.4.

“We always want to do our best when we get there,” said Gering Coach Rick Marez. “We want to be very competitive at the state meet and trust all the work we’ve put in.”

Marez said he was happy with the way the team competed to the best of their ability. “The conditioning part at this point is pretty well taken care of. There’s nothing more we can do other than how we approach the race itself.”

Gering junior Xavier Arellano led the Bulldogs with a second place finish of 16:36.Sophomore Logan Moravec was 8th with 17:13.5 and senior Tanner Walker right behind in 9th at 17:14.4.

The Gering boys will go into the state meet as a team after placing third at districts with 50 points. Scottsbluff was close behind in fourth with 52 points. While the Bearcats won’t go as a team, they had two runners in the top 15 to qualify as individuals.

Scottsbluff senior Josh Hergenreder topped the individual list at Ogallala with a 16:16.2 time. His twin brother Noah took fifth place at 17:01.2.

“We just missed qualifying a third runner by two points,” Barker said. “We knew it would be a tough district and we ran our best race of the season.”

Josh Hergenreder placed third at last year’s state meet, and Barker said he’d like to see him do even better this year.

“We’re going into the state meet rested and with the attitude we’re going to have our best meet of the season,” Barker said. “I’d like to see us go out with a bang and see what we can do to be in the hunt.”

The state cross country is today (Oct. 21) in Kearney.

The Class C-4 schools also ran their district meet in Ogallala on Oct. 13. The Mitchell girls are heading to the state meet as a team after posting 27 points for first place. They were led by senior Celeste Cardona, who placed second with a 20:26.4 time. This will be her fourth appearance at the state meet, winning the individual title as a freshman.

Also medaling in the top 15 for Mitchell was Hannah Knepper in 4th at 20:30.2, Regan Hodsden in 10th with 21:03 and Madison Watson at 21:22.7 for 11th place.

The Mitchell boys turned in a team score of 102 for 7th place. Their lone medalist was Max Avila in 11th place with a time of 18:06.7.

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