The State Cross Country meet did not turn out the way the Madison Bulldogs wanted.|
Madison was ranked #1 throughout the season in the girls' Class A poll, but finished third at the State Meet held in Rapid City on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs had 75 points.
Winning the team title was Garretson with a low score of 53 points. Following the Blue Dragons were Custer 66, Madison 75, West Central 82, Ethan Parkston 83, Beresford 124, Mt. Vernon-Plankinton 128, Redfield/Doland 140, Dakota Valley 148, Cheyenne Eagle Butte 168, St. Thomas More 176, Hot Springs 188, Todd County 191, Webster 201, Milbank 211 and Aberdeen Roncalli 237.
"We are not giving up as we have gone through hard times before and have bounced back," Madison Coach Robert Cordts said at the welcome-home celebration on Sunday.
Madison had two girls who earned medals. Seventh-grader Cami Streff was the first runner for the Bulldogs in the 4,000-meter race. She placed fourth in 15:00.38.
"Cami has been consistent all season," Cordts said. "Placing fourth was an outstanding performance." According to Cordts, Streff was in the middle of the pack in the first 800 meters before she started working her way up to the front.
"Cami had the race of her life and she exceeded everybody's expectations," Cordts said.
Junior Emily Hawkes, the defending state champion, placed 23rd in 16:02.73.
"Emily had her ups and downs throughout the year and had a very good finish," Cordts said.
Cordts said that he was delighted to see Hawkes go over and give Madisen Lavin of Vermillion a big hug after winning the race.
"She was happy for this girl," he said. "Competitors in cross country encourage one another."
Rounding out the scoring for Madison were Madison Nipe, 33rd, 16:33.33; and Hailey Streff, 56th, 17:02.48.
Other runners competing for Madison at the state meet were Brooklynn Hodges, 91st, 17:40.58; and Ashley Stromberg, 109th, 18:11.63.
"I am so proud of the team, and I will miss them so much next year," said Hodges, a senior.
Winning the meet was Lavin with a time of 14:45.38. There were 127 runners in the race.
"Not all of the outcomes at the state meet were bad ones," Cordts said. "I was happy to see Emily earn a medal and Madison placed 33rd just eight places from a medal."
In the boys' race, defending champion Madison placed 10th with a score of 132.
Winning the team title was Todd County with a low score of 75. Following Todd County were Flandreau 76, Garretson 78, Custer 85, Miller 106, Beresford 110, Lennox 113, West Central 124, St. Thomas More 132, Madison 132, Redfield/Doland, Cheyenne Eagle Butte 185, Milbank 209, Dakota Valley 212, Pine Ridge 215, Aberdeen Roncalli 291 and Webster 298.
Madison had just one runner who earned a medal. Garrett Hubbell placed 20th in the 5,000-meter race in 17:59.55.
"Garrett was quiet all week long, so he must have been focusing on the meet," Cordts said. "This was his first time running in the state meet, and he was able to beat some outstanding runners."
Madison's Hunter Streff was 34th in 18:20.10.
Rounding out the scoring for the Bulldogs were Reid Guse, 62nd, 18:49.80; and Dallas Fernau, 67th, 18:56.35.
Winning the race was Logan Burns of Custer in 16:27.85. There were 128 runners in the race.
"We will miss our seniors, Tom Rowland, Guse, Silvia Piselli, Hodges, Katie Eliason, Marinda Kern, Haley Hansen, Alyssa Jones and Tayler Herold, they have been great leaders for us," Cordts said. "They have helped guide and mentor our younger runners."