The Madison girls' cross country team continued to roll along on Thursday as the Lady Bulldogs won the team title at the Charger Invitational hosted by Sioux Falls Christian. The meet was held at Pasley Park in Sioux Falls.|
Hailey Streff and her younger sister Cami were first and second in the girls' varsity division, respectively.
Hailey Streff crossed the finish line in 15:14.52, over 14 seconds ahead of her sister. Cami Streff finished the race in 15:28.83.
"Hailey and Cami led all the way," said Madison Coach Robert Cordts. "Cami really surprised all of us by finishing right behind her sister. When Cami rounded the final turn of the race, I couldn't believe that it was her."
Madison had one other runner place in the top 10. Emily Hawkes was seventh in 15:52.36.
Madison Nipe just missed a top-20 performance by one place. She was 21st in 17:05.51.
Other runners who participated for the varsity team were Brooklynn Hodges, 43rd (18:16.06) and Rachel Hass, 56th (18:50.94).
Following the Lady Bulldogs were Hull-Western Christian, Iowa, with 56 points, West Central 67, Garretson 72, Beresford 105, Lennox 111, Dakota Valley 113, Dell Rapids 113, Canton 135, Parkston-Ethan 136, Sioux Falls Christian 139 and Southwestern Christian (Minn.) 200.
In the varsity boys' race, Madison had two runners place in the top 20. Reid Guse and Garrett Hubbell placed 18th and 20th, respectively.
Guse finished the 5K race in 17:57.23. Hubbell was just over one second behind him in 17:58.65.
"The boys' team looked better and they ran with more confidence," Cordts said. "Reid and Garrett started out relatively slow, but they caught a bunch of runners at the end of the race and were able to earn medals."
Rounding out the scoring for the Bulldogs were Dallas Fernau and Ethan Hatch. Fernau finished the race in 34th in 18:33.51 while Hatch ran to a 48th-place finish in 19:31.76.
"Dallas really had a great race," Cordts said. "That was definitely his best 5K ever."
Other runners competing for the varsity team were Kaiden Dorris 53rd (19:57.33) and Edwin Iraheta 54th (20:06.91).
"Ethan, Edwin and Kaiden continue to make steady progress. We still need to get healthy as the boys miss Tom Rowland and Hunter Streff," Cordts said.
Madison finished seventh in the team standings with 104 points. Sioux Falls Lincoln's junior varsity won the meet with a low score of 28 points. Following the Patriots were Lennox 45, Hull-Western Christian 56, Garretson 68, Beresford 98, West Central 100, Madison 104 and Dakota Valley 130.
In the girls' junior varsity race, Madison placed third with 69 points. Winning the team title was Sioux Falls Lincoln with just 17 points. Following the Patriots were Beresford 39, Madison 69, West Central 99, Hull-Western Christian 101, Parkston-Ethan 106, Dakota Valley 122, Dell Rapids 143, Tea Area 148 and Canton 158.
Leading the way for the young Lady Bulldogs was Ashley Stromberg. She crossed the finish line in 10th place (no times were listed for girls' junior varsity).
Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs were Amanda Rowland, 16th; Karsyn Dorris, 19th; and Anna Theophilus, 33rd.
Other runners competing for Madison were Rachel Black, 35th; Jennifer Waba, 59th; Victoria Olson, 67th; Anne Knofczynski, 69th; Silvia Piselli, 72nd; Laurel Appelwick 76th; Lexi Lentsch, 77th; Katie Eliason, 89th; Ally Gross, 92nd; Tiana Paradeis, 99th; and Peityn Roemen, 100th.
In the boys' junior varsity division, Madison placed 11th in the team standings with 201 points. Winning the title was Sioux Falls Lincoln with a low score of 10 points. Following the Patriots were West Central 42, Sioux Falls Christian 62, Beresford 75, Dell Rapids 116, Lennox 122, Garretson 130, Dakota Valley 130, Tea Area 136, McCook Central/Montrose 194, Madison 201 and Sioux Falls Lutheran 263.
Jarred Hodges was the first Bulldog runner to finish the race; he placed 42nd in 16:48.08.
Other finishers for the Bulldogs were Frederico Ortiz, 52nd, 17:28.61; Seamus Donelan, 75th, 17:35.93; Sam Eliason, 94th, 17:58.19; Jason Gale, 102nd, 18:25.30; Landon Lentsch, 108th, 18:40.35; Hunter Drew, 140th, 20:48.27; William Bulfer, 142nd, 20:49.94; David Sanchez, 143rd, 20:50.27; Jared Thayer, 147th, 21:21.12; and Thomas Bulfer, 157th, 23:04.33.
"The junior varsity teams performed well," Cordts said. "We continue to make steady progress with our junior varsity athletes. I was also impressed with our newest athlete, Federico Ortiz, who is an exchange student from Madrid, Spain."
Madison will go to Brookings' Edgebrook Golf Course for the Brookings Invitational on Tuesday. The first event will begin at 4 p.m.