Lady Bulldogs claim Jesse James Invitational
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
The Madison Bulldogs cross country teams participated in the Jesse James Invitational at Garretson on Tuesday and easily won the team title with a low score of 24 points. Four Lady Bulldogs were among the top 12 finishers.|
Following the Lady Bulldogs were Luverne (Minn.) 43, Garretson 46, Beresford 71, Dell Rapids 113, Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 115, Lennox 120, Sioux Valley 163, Elkton-Lake Benton 171 and Flandreau 184.
"The girls' team really looked impressive with their first-place team finish," said Madison Coach Robert Cordts.
Madison's Hailey Streff and Emily Hawkes were able to separate from the rest of the field in the middle of the race and battled it out in the last half-mile with Streff coming out on top.
Streff crossed the finish line in 14:25, setting a meet record.
Hawkes finished on Streff's heals in 14:30.
"Hailey and Emily were flying around the course, and it was a lot of fun to watch," Cordts said. "Hailey was excited about the win and the meet record, and I think Emily was just as excited."
Two other Lady Bulldogs placed in the top 15. Cami Streff crossed the finish line in ninth place in 15:39.6 and Madison Nipe was 12th in 16:12.7.
"Madison was 59 seconds faster this year than last year on the same course," Cordts said. "Ashley Stromberg and Brooklynn Hodges also had good races."
Stromberg was 42nd in 17:44.1 and Hodges was 44th in 17:49.7.
Amanda Rowland was 54th with a time of 18:56.7.
Sixty-five girls competed in the event.
In the boys' division, the Bulldogs placed sixth in the team standings with 97 points. Winning the team title was Lennox with a low score of 38 points. Following the Orioles were Luverne 52, Eklton-Lake Benton 63, Garretson 64, Beresford 65, Madison 97, Dell Rapids St. Mary 110, Dell Rapids Public 131 and Sioux Valley 211.
"The boys' team struggled a little bit with their sixth-place finish," Cordts said. "The 5K format has proven to be more challenging for some of our athletes moving up from the junior varsity 4K to varsity 5K. We will keep working to improve."
Madison had a pair of runners who placed in the top 20. Reid Guse led the way for the Bulldogs, placing 10th in 17:48.3.
Garrett Hubbell was 16th with a time of 18:05.4.
"I was still very happy with many of our performances," Cordts said. "Reid and Garrett ran very well and were able to earn medals with their finishes. The boys need to get healthy."
Dallas Fernau was the third Bulldog to cross the finish line. He was 31st in 19:21.3.
Edwin Iraheta was 40th in 20:03.3, just ahead of teammate Ethan Hatch (41st in 20:05).
Rounding out the varsity runners was Kaden Dorris, who finished 44th in 20:32.8.
Sixty-five runners participated in the event with Justin Sudtelgte of Elkton-Lake Benton winning the race in 16:53.8.
In the junior varsity girls' race, 84 runners finished the 4K course. Madison's top runner was Danielle Roemen, who was 10th in 18:10.7.
"I was impressed by our junior varsity athletes," Cordts said. "Danielle had a great race and earned a medal."
Other Madison runners in the girls' junior varsity race were Karsyn Dorris, 22nd (19:02.2); Rachel Black, 32nd (19:58.2); Anna Theophilus, 36th (20:22); Laurel Appelwick, 38th (20:28.8); Anne Knofczynski, 44th (20:40.3); Lexi Lentsch, 50th (21:07.3); Jennifer Waba, 53rd (21:30.6); Sylvia Piselli, 54th (21:31.9); Tayler Herold, 55th (21.32.5); Victoria Olson, 58th (21:48.5); Maegan Champion, 59th (21:50.01); Katie Eliason, 62nd (21:53.9); Peityn Roemen, 67th (22:38.3); September Johnson, 68th (22:46); Ally Gross, 69th, (22:50); Haley Hansen, 72nd (23:21.6), Tiana Paradeis, 73rd (23:33.3) and Grace Terral, 74th (23:39.5).
In the boys' junior varsity race, 106 runners participated in the 4000-meter race. Madison's top runner was Albert Pimentel with a fifth-place finish in 15:34.2.
"Albert and Jared Hodges both ran well," Cordts said.
Other Madison runners who finished the 4000-meter run included Hodges, 22nd (16:25); Sam Eliason, 45th (17:37.5); Seamus Donelan, 53rd (17:53.7); Jason Gale, 60th (18:07.8); Ryker Vosberg, 66th (18:21.3); Landon Lentsch, 78th (18:53); Ben Curley, 79th (18:54.2); Jared Thayer, 89th (19:44.1); Hunter Drew, 96th (20:37) and David Sanchez, 98th (20:41.5).
"Coach Peg Hansen and I are very proud of all of our athletes," Cordts said.
Madison will be back in action on Saturday at Sioux Falls at Yankton Trails Park. Madison will compete in the Nike Heartland Regional Preview starting at 10 a.m. with girls varsity.