By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Sophomore Holden Dreiling continues to make his mark as a cross country runner, finishing eighth in a McCook invitational full of some of the top runners in Class A, B and C1.
On the hilly course at McCook’s Heritage Hills golf course, Dreiling improved his time from the previous week’s meet in Imperial by almost 10 seconds, to 18:41.
Coach Carl Zuege said Dreiling ran a really smart race and made steady gains throughout the race.
Shortly after a mile, Dreiling was in 18th place. By the next mile, he had repositioned himself in 13th. Down the final mile, he moved himself into an eighth place finish.
Dreiling’s eighth place finish with a big step-up in competition made a strong statement, Zuege said.
In addition, Zuege said Dreiling’ efforts are helping the whole team as they continue to improve and compete stronger, both in practice and meets.
Freshman Indy Smith ran well on a tough course, finishing 18th.
Zuege said Andrew Vaverek turned in his best race of the season thus far. He credited Garret Thompson with another steady race with Johnathan Fegley running strong on a tough, hilly course.
Together, the boys combined for a fifth place finish in the meet with 71 points and were just five points from fourth and nine from third.
Mason Meeske led the jayvees with a 13th place finish, which was just outside the medals.
On the girls’ side, freshmen Alyssa Moreno continues to pace the team. While she finished 17th in a tough field, she improved her time by more than two minutes from last week, running a 17:15 at McCook.
Zuege said she closed the gap on some of the best runners in the SPVA conference.
Zuege said Mallory Coleman ran another solid race, finishing 39th overall.
Maddison Vaverek was 45th, followed by Suzy Kasselman in 47th, Charlie Ann Carter 53rd, and Andrea Hogsett 56th.
The Longhorns will compete in a pair of meets over a five-day period.
They will run at Dundy County-Stratton’s meet today (Thursday) in Benkelman and at the UNK invite in Kearney Monday.
Race time today starts at 4 p.m. at Benkelman. The Kearney meet starts at 3 p.m.
Boys’ team scores—1st, North Platte, 26; 2nd, Ogallala, 32; 3rd, Dundy County/Stratton, 62; 4th, McCook, 66; 5th, Chase County, 71; 6th, St. Pat’s, 101; 7th, Holdrege, 112; 8th, Perkins County, 140; 9th, Oberlin, 149; 10th, Sutherland, 170.
Individual results—Varsity—1st, Wyatt McGuire, NP, 16:12.57. Chase County—8th, Holden Dreiling, 18:41.21; 18th, Indy Smith, 19:24.52; 23rd, Andrew Vaverek, 19:39.70; 25, Garret Thompson, 20:09.88; 35th, John Fegley, 20:46.84. JV—1st, Mikey Erickson, McCook, 19:21.07. Chase County—13th, Mason Meeske, 21:59.22; 18th, Korey Krutsinger, 23:08.90; 25th, Adam Crapson, 24:30.31; 26th, Brian Burpo, 25:39.12.
Girls’ team scores—1st, McCook, 42; 2nd, St. Pat’s, 43; 3rd, Holdrege, 52; 4th, North Platte, 61; 5th, Ogallala, 72; 6th, Oberlin, 79; 7th, Perkins County, 99; 8th, Dundy County/Stratton, 133; 9th, Chase County, 140; 10th, Hershey, 203.
Individual results—Varsity—1st, Gabriella Gracia, Holdrege, 14:25.47. Chase County—17th, Alyssa Moreno, 17:15.37; 39th, Mallory Coleman, 18:38.96; 45th, Maddison Vaverek, 20:05.90; 47th, Suzy Kasselman, 20:13.63; 53rd, Charlie Ann Carter, 21:21.08; 56th, Andrea Hogsett, 21:44.0.