By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
In the opening meet of this season, the Longhorns needed a tie-breaker to defeat Dundy County-Stratton (DCS). Last Thursday, the Longhorns left no doubt as to who won the Chase County Invitational.
With four top-10 finishers, the Longhorns tallied just 20 points compared to DCS’ 32 points. The scoring included a first place finish by senior Holden Dreiling.
Despite drizzly, cold weather, the Longhorns turned in some of their best times ever. Coach Carl Zuege said Dreiling ran his fastest 5K ever, as did senior Ryan Moline.
Moline finished sixth, Ike Maxwell fourth and Indy Smith ninth to tally the 20 points.
In addition, the Longhorns’ other two varsity runners, Will Kuenne and Stephen Welsh, each finished in the top 15 to earn medals. Kuenne was 12th and Welsh 13th.
Zuege said the team has made some good progress from the first meet to the second here in Imperial.
He noted Maxwell has been running right with Dreiling and Smith in practice. Smith was a little under the weather Thursday, he said, but still gutted it out for a ninth place finish.
Zuege said Moline continues to come on strong. He ran his best race ever last week and Zuege said Moline is “on the way up.”
Zuege’s also seeing improvement in his fifth and sixth varsity runners, along with his jayvee runners.
Tagan Mays took three minutes off the time he ran at Cambridge. Mason Meeske and Caleb Bubak also shaved several minutes off their Cambridge time.
Hauxwell, Moreno lead girls
Freshman Kaley Hauxwell and junior Alyssa Morena continued to pace the girls’ team with fourth and seventh place finishes respectively at the local invite.
Zuege said Hauxwell looked great throughout the race, coming in fourth.
He said with a mile left, Moreno was in ninth or 10th place. She worked herself into fifth before finishing seventh.
She really competed and is showing some of the form she had when she was a freshman. She missed last season with a broken bone in her foot.
Rose Sullivan took 90 seconds off her Cambridge time for a 23rd place finish. Kayla Schilke rounded out the scoring for the girls with a 31st place finish.
Zuege said she had been bothered by a sore knee but ran through it Thursday.
After the points were compiled, the girls finished fourth in the eight-team field.
Giovanna Welsh finished in 43rd and Amber Stumpff was
50th in the field.
Beverly wins jr. high race
This year’s meet also included a junior high race. They ran a 3K, which equates to 1.864 miles. That’s the length of the state junior high meet race. At Cambridge, the junior high ran one mile.
In the boys’ division, eighth grader Landis Beverly took first place. He was followed by seventh grader Nike Smith in 17th.
In the girls’ race, seventh graders Carissa Hill finished eighth while Gabbi Krutsinger finished 21st.
McCook this week
The teams travel to McCook Friday with the girls’ varsity race beginning at 1 p.m. The boys’ varsity race will follow. Upon completion of that, the boys’ jayvees will run followed by a combined boys and girls junior high race.
Zuege said the McCook meet always includes a number of bigger schools. He said it’s a good gauge to see how they stand going forward.
Chase County Invitational
Boys’ team scores—1st, Chase County, 20; 2nd, Dundy County/Stratton, 32; 3rd, McCook, 51; 4th, Bertrand, 55; 5th, Hershey, 145; 6th Bertrand JV, 145; 7th, McCook JV, 146; 8th, NPSP, 148; 9th, Sutherland, 156; 10th, Perkins County, 164; 11th, Paxton, 171; 12th, Southwest, 221.
Boys individual results—1st, Holden Dreiling, CC, 17:22.56; 4th, Ike Maxwell, CC, 18:00.37; 6th, Ryan Moline, CC, 18:03.91; 9th, Indy Smith, CC, 18:19.18; 12th, Will Kuenne, CC, 18:27.99; 13th, Stephen Welsh, CC, 18:30.87; 25th, Tagan Mays, CC-JV, 19:37.58; 38th, Mason Meeske, CC-JV, 21:03.86; 40th, Caleb Bubak, 21:14.
Girls’ team scores—1st, NPSP, 29; 2nd, Bertrand, 39; 3rd, Perkins County, 47; 4th Chase County, 56; 5th, Sutherland Public, 70; 6th, McCook, 83; 7th, Hershey, 123; 8th, Bertrand JV, 128.
Girls’ individual results—1st, Anna O’Malley, NPSP, 19:56.72; 4th, Kaley Hauxwell, CC, 21:54.86; 7th, Alyssa Moreno, CC, 22:27.96; 23rd, Rose Sullivan, CC, 25:18.94; 31st, Kayle Schilke, CC, 26:23.96; 43rd, Giovanna Welsh, CC, 28:32.89; 50th, Amber Stumpff, CC, 33:59.06.
Boys’ Individual results—1st, Landis Beverly, CC, 11:56.00; 17th, Nike Smith, CC, 14:54.42.
Girls’ individual results—1st, Morgan Burke, Sutherland, 12:34.01; 8th, Carissa Hill, CC, 14:37.19; 21st, Gabby Krutsinger, CC, 19:33.03.