Madison's cross country teams competed in the Nike Heartland Preview race on Saturday at Sioux Falls. In the girls' varsity 4K race, Hailey Streff placed second in a time of 14:37.37.|
Two other Bulldog runners placed in the top 10. Emily Hawkes was fourth with a time of 14:57.41. Cami Streff placed 10th with a time of 15:40.55.
Rounding out the scoring for the Bulldogs were Madison Nipe, 21st (16:19.87), and Brooklynn Hodges, 40th (17:49.96).
Other Madison runners were Amanda Rowland, 46th (18:36.64); Rachel Hass, 54th (19:32.11); and Ashley Stromberg, 56th (20:04.47).
"The girls' team had an outstanding day, even though we finished third behind Rapid City Central and Harrisburg," said Madison Coach Robert Cordts. "Rapid City Central is the defending AA state champion and Harrisburg will be one of the top teams in AA this year."
Madison finished with a team score of 74. Rapid City Central had the low score of 62. The Cobblers were followed by Harrisburg 70, Madison 74, Sioux Falls O'Gorman 114, Garretson 115, Sturgis Brown 122, Lincoln North Star (Neb.) 152 and Western Christian (Minn.) 198.
In the boys' varsity division, Garrett Hubbell was the first Bulldog runner to cross the finish line in the 5K race. He placed 23rd in 18:35.05.
Teammate Reid Guse was 32nd with a time of 18:55.64.
Rounding out the scoring for the Bulldogs were Ethan Hatch, 43rd (20:40.18); Edwin Iraheta, 44th (21:01.78); and Kaiden Dorris, 46th (21:52.38).
Dallas Fernau was 47th with a time of 21:58.20.
"The boys were a little disappointed with their finish, and they seem a little frustrated with some of the injuries and setbacks we have suffered," Cordts said.
Lincoln North Star won the team title with a low score of 19 points. Following Lincoln North Star were Sioux Falls O'Gorman 48, Harrisburg 89, Garretson 94, Madison 126 and Parker 129.
In the boys' junior varsity 4K race, Seamus Donelan of Madison crossed the finish line in 17:14.32.
Other Bulldog runners who competed were Sam Eliason, 51st (17:37.75); Ben Curley, 56th (17:37.75); Jason Gale, 58th (18:02.69); Landon Lentsch, 61st (18:07.24); Ryker Vosberg, 76th (19:32.84); Hunter Drew, 81st (20:24.60); Jared Thayer, 83rd (20:37.07); and David Sanchez, 87th (21:08.35).
Winning the junior varsity team title was Sioux Falls O'Gorman with 23 points. Following the Knights were Lincoln North Star 33, Harrisburg 78, Garretson 137, Tea Area 146, Parker 164 and Madison 180.
In the girls' junior varsity race, Karsyn Dorris of Madison placed fourth in the 4K race in 18:17.30.
Other Madison runners were Anna Theophilus, 12th (19:06.83); Rachel Black, 15th (19:25.96); Jennifer Waba, 16th (19:26.47); Laurel Appelwick, 26th (20:36.36); Anne Knofczynski, 31st (20:53.30); Lexi Lentsch, 32nd (20:53.85); Victoria Olson, 35th (21:10.69); Silvia Piselli, 36th (21:19.63); Tayler Herold, 37th (21:33.09); Katie Eliason, 38th (21:42.59); September Johnson, 39th (21:51.96); Ally Gross, 40th (22:13.87); and Marinda Kern, 45th (24:54.64).
Winning the JV girls' title was Sioux Falls O'Gorman with 22 points. Following the Knights were Harrisburg with 51 points, Madison 59 and Tea Area 103.
"Coach Peg Hansen and I were pleasantly surprised by our junior varsity athletes," said Cordts. "Some of our athletes completed their first 4K race on Tuesday, and then they turned around and ran their second 4K much more competitively on Saturday."
Madison will be in action at the Brookings Invitational on Tuesday. The first race begins at 4 p.m.