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Chase County’s cross country teams had to put up with hot and windy conditions at the Dundy County Stratton meet Thursday, much like they had to endure at McCook two weeks ago. Runners making their way around the course during the McCook meet included, above from left, Mason Nordhausen and Jayden German, below, Orrin Richardson then Landis Beverly. (Johnson Publications file photos)

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Chase County’s girls’ cross country team continues to build more depth as the season progresses, Coach Carl Zuege said. Among those runners are, above left, Halle Fiedler, Giovana Welsh and Hanna Meeske. Below, Kayla Schilke then Kambree Meeske.  (Johnson Publications file photos)

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Girls first, boys second at Dundy County Stratton meet

    Chase County’s cross country girls claimed another title last week, winning the Dundy County Stratton Invitational. The boys finished second.
    The meet was held at the Benkelman golf course Thursday, Sept. 21 in windy and hot conditions.
    Coach Carl Zuege said the girls won the meet in strong fashion, with five of the girls finishing in the top 15.
    Kaley Hauxwell and Maddi Brown led the team, finishing second and third.
    Others in the top 15 include Brooklyn Christensen, Macy Coleman and Lindsey Mendenhall.
    He noted the depth on the girls’ team gets better each week.
    On the boys’ side, Will Kuenne led the pack, finishing in first place. He was joined by Kalen Wallin and Trevin Martin, also medal winners in fifth and 11th respectively.
    Zuege said Kuenne ran really well, as did Wallin. He said Wallin had one of his best races of the season thus far.
    He noted his team continues to improve as the season progresses.
UNK a measuring stick
    Zuege said the DCS meet served as a good tune-up for the UNK Invitational held Monday on the state meet course in Kearney.
    In the Class C meet, 28 teams  with 239 runners competed in the boys’ meet while 23 teams, including 162 runners, competed in the girls’ meet.
    Zuege said this meet serves as a good measuring stick for the team’s progress with just the conference and district meets remaining.
    Plus, it gives his team the chance to run on the same course where the state meet is held.
    Finishing among the top 20 in this meet means the kids have a shot at winning a medal in the state meet Oct. 20.
    Kuenne and Hauxwell, both seniors, came away with medals with Kuenne taking 10th and Hauxwell 16th. The top 15 at state earn medals.
    The team has some big workouts in front of them. They don’t have another meet until the Perkins County/SPVA meet next Thursday in Grant.
    Districts follow the next week in Ogallala on Thursday, Oct. 12.
    Zuege said Hauxwell improved her time from last year at UNK by more than a minute, moving up from 22nd to 16th this year.
    Kuenne was 17th last year  and bettered his time this year by more than 30 seconds to get into the top 10.
    Results from the DCS and UNK meets, along with the junior high meet in Ogallala last Thursday are as follows:

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