Cross country runners from Lake Preston and De Smet were once again fortunate enough to have great running conditions for their second meet of the season on Sept. 1. Twenty-two teams from Class A and Class B schools turned out for the MCM Invitational at the McCook Country Club in Salem. Things looked a bit different this year, as they changed the course layout. Numerous fans were overheard wondering how to best follow their favorite runners. While it might have been a challenge for fans, the athletes didn’t let the new layout stop them from putting forth great efforts.
Mirra Beck of De Smet finished in 20th of the 61 girls varsity runners with a time of 23:22.08. Beck was followed by teammates Megan Dylla, 36th; Carly Wiese, 38th; Kennadi Buchholz, 54th; and Alyssa Asleson, 60th. Stella DeKnikker was the only Diver varsity runner. She finished 44th with a time of 26:12.93.
Eighty-two young men competed in the boys’ varsity race. Rhett McMasters of Lake Preston finished 19th with a time of 19:43.04. He was followed by teammates AJ Wienk, 32nd; Ashton Wienk, 56th; and Tyler Jurrens, 72nd. Gannon Gilligan was the top Bulldog finisher in 59th place with a time of 23:32.85. He was closely followed by Haden Palmlund, 60th; Edger Wilkinson, 62nd; Kasen Janssen, 76th; and Noah Roth 77th.
There were 62 girls in the junior varsity 4K run. Aubrey Blue finished second for the Bulldogs with a time of 19:21.51. She was followed by Emma Albrecht, 29th; and Kendra Palmlund, 54th. Lake Preston’s Mallory Carlson finished 14th with a time of 21:22.01. She was followed by teammate Amelia Holland in 51st place.
Bulldog Ethan Johnson finished 35th of the 82 boys in the junior varsity race. His time was 19:59.27. He was followed by Brayden Roth, 56th; Kolby Sinclair, 61st; Kaleb Johnson, 66th; and Isaiah Roth 67th. Lane Jensen was the top Diver runner with a time of 23:27.34 in 57th place. He was followed by Peyton Hope in 65th.
The Bulldogs and Divers will next run in De Smet at 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Kingsbury Country Club.