The Region 2B high school cross-country meet Oct. 14 was originally scheduled to be held in Dell Rapids, but because of several COVID-positive cases among staff and students at Dell Rapids St. Mary School, the meet was moved to De Smet. The top 20 finishers in each varsity race qualified for the state meet, scheduled to take place Oct. 24 in Rapid City.
Top runners in the Girls’ 5K race for De Smet were seventh-grader Megan Dylla who placed seventh out of 48 runners with a time of 22 minutes, 31.26 seconds; eighth-grader Mirra Beck, ninth, in 22:4062; and seventh grader Aubree Blue, 16th in 23:19.77. Senior Carly Weise placed 23rd with a time 23.51.55 and eighth grader Alyssa Asleson finished 33rd with a time of 25:41.92. The De Smet girls’ team finished third overall, with an average time of 22:50.55. qualifying the whole team for state.
Lake Preston’s Stella DeKnikker placed 34th in 25:50.80; Mallory Carlson, 38th in 27:15.98 and Amelia Holland, 46th in 30:56.36.
In the Boys 5K race, Lake Preston’s Rhett McMasters placed third out of 44 runners with a time of 18:49.86; A.J. Wienk, 20th in 20:49.86; Ashton Wienk, 25th in 21:29.53 and Tyler Jurrens, 43rd in 24:45.75.
Andrew Close was the only state qualifier from De Smet in the boys’ race, finishing 12th with a time of 20:21.35. Haden Palmlund placed 27th in 22:02; Gannon Gilligan, 35th in 23:03.22;
Edger Wilkinson, 37th in 23:21.92 and Noah Roth, 40th in 23:59.86.
In the 3K JV race, De Smet’s Kennadi Buchholz finished sixth out of 22 runners; Emma Albrecht, eighth; Cori Birkel, ninth and Kendra Palmlund, 20th. There were no Lake Preston runners in the Girls’ JV race. In the Boys’ JV race, De Smet’s Kasen Janssen finished fifth out of 25 runners; Ethan Johnson, eighth; Isaiah Roth, 15th; Kaleb Johnson, 21st; Brayden Roth, 24th and Payton Botkin, 25th. Lake Preston’s Peyton Hope placed 14th and Lane Jensen, 18th.