CLARINDA – Sidney senior Noah Jorgenson won his third cross country race of the season and the Shenandoah girls finished second at the Clarinda Cross Country Meet, Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Jorgenson finished in 18 minutes, 3 seconds, beating runner-up Craig Alan Becker of Atlantic by nine seconds.
“Noah was Noah,” Sidney coach Steve Meyer said. “He went to the front early and attacked those brutal hills. He knew there were a couple of quality runners and we talked about running with a purpose.”
The Class 2A number 15 Fillies scored 68 points to finish second behind Class 3A number 7 Atlantic. The Trojans scored 30 points, led by champion Taylor McCreedy. She finished in 20:52, winning by almost a full minute over runner-up Mayson Hartley of Clarinda. McCreedy’s teammate, Ava Rush was third. The other three scorers for Atlantic were all in the top 13.
Brenna Godfread and Sarah Gilbert were both in the top 10 to lead the Fillies. Godfread took seventh in 23:29 with Gilbert 32 seconds behind in 10th.
“I continue to be very pleased with Brenna and Sarah,” Fillies coach Liz Skillern said. “Both are racing very competitively right now and are always looking to see how they can better themselves.”
Hannah Mulligan took the last of the 20 medals as Shenandoah’s number three runner. She finished in 27:24.
“Hannah stepped up when two of our regular scorers weren’t up to it,” said Skillern. “She impresses me with her perseverance and leadership.”
Christene Johnson, Kelsey Franklin and Lydia Morales came through within 19 seconds of each other in 28th, 29th and 30th as the next three runners for the Fillies.
Morales’ run earned her a varsity spot for Shenandoah’s next meet, which is Thursday, Sept. 19 at Southwest Valley.
Keelee Razee was Shenandoah’s final varsity runner, taking 49th.
“We have had a pretty good start to our season,” said Skillern. “We still have plenty of work to do but we are on the right track.”
Mitchell Jones led the Shenandoah boys, just missing one of the 20 individual medals. Jones was 21st in a final time of 20:36.
The Mustangs finished fifth in the 13-team field with 138 points, 16 behind Clarinda.
“After a tough finish at Glenwood the guys were definitely tougher (Tuesday),” Mustangs coach Andy Campbell said. “We closed the gap on Clarinda by about 70 points, so that is encouraging. They are still in front of us, so we are still in the place of the hunter.”
Atlantic won the boys meet with 37 points, 23 better than Red Oak.
Nick Mather moved into the number two spot for the Mustangs, taking 25th in 20:42.
“Nick probably ran his best race of the year to finish as the number two runner,” said Campbell. “His continued improvement will make us tougher as a team.”
Mather was two seconds and one place ahead of Josh Schuster, who was Shenandoah’s top runner most of the race.
Levi Detrick, Eli Schuster and Bryce McDowell were just 15 seconds and four places apart as the number four through six runners for the Mustangs. Detrick took 32nd to lead the trio in 21:37.
Blake Son rounded out Shenandoah’s lineup in 41st with a 22:13.
“We have another long break before the next meet,” said Campbell, “so we have a great opportunity to continue to improve. I really like the chemistry on this team and their ability to work for each other.”
Jorgenson’s championship run led Sidney to a seventh-place team finish. The Cowboys scored 171 points, just one behind Bedford.
Cole Jorgenson came through in 24th as Sidney’s second runner, finishing in 20:41.
Kyle Beam was 49th, Storm Barrett 62nd and Connery Humphries 70th to complete Sidney’s scoring lineup. Dane Moyer was Sidney’s final runner.
“We need to grow a bit as a team in these large meets,” said Meyer. “Improve another 30 seconds and you move up several places.”
Next up for Sidney is a trip to Tarkio and the Cowboys will run as the defending champs.
“We graduated four of our top six runners from that winning team,” said Meyer. “It will take an outstanding effort from everyone if we hope to claim the title again.”
On a tough course in warm, humid conditions it was a tough evening to run and the heat and humidity took its toll on Shenandoah’s Hadlee Kinghorn, a regular scorer for the Fillies who finished 57th, and Sidney’s Savannah Hall. She had two top 10 finishes on the season so far, but didn’t finish.
Meyer said Hall was in sixth at the one mile mark, but couldn’t overcome the conditions and dropped out of the race.
Jozie Hendrickson led the Cowgirls with a 47th place run of 31:40. Fremont-Mills’ lone competitor, Lexi Hankins, was eight seconds and one place behind Hendrickson.
Essex ran in its first cross country meet as a program with two girls and enough boys to field a team.
The Trojanettes’ two runners on the course, Natausha Dillinger and Tori Sample, were within one second of each other, taking 71st and 72nd.
Essex head coach Jasmine Glasgo’s boys ran six athletes in their first ever meet. The Trojans finished with 387 points, 70 behind Fremont-Mills for the final spot, but Glasgo liked what she saw in the first meet for all of her kids.
“I’m really proud of my group of kids,” said Glasgo. “They went into this meet with only a few weeks of training and no idea how to run a cross country race. They took the challenge on and pushed themselves in a way they probably never have before.”
Wesley Johnson led the Trojans.
“Johnson has been a great leader in practice,” said Glasgo, “and just being a positive, strong role model for the younger kids. I expect big things from him as the season moves forward.”
He finished 109th in a time of 28:10. Gabriel Fort, Dylan Barrett, Preston Driskell and Isaiah Kline were the other scorers for Essex. Brice Sederburg was Essex’s sixth runner.
Fremont-Mills coach Mike Wood fielded a boys team with the minimum five athletes.
Nick Miramontes led the Knights with a 51st place run of 22:47. Justin Wells was 10 spots and 41 seconds behind his teammate.
Braden West, Moses Ekpai and Hunter Collins completed the scoring and roster for the Knights.
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Next up for the Knights is a trip to Red Oak, Monday, Sept. 16. Sidney runs at East Atchison that same day. Next up for Shenandoah and Essex is a trip to Southwest Valley, Thursday, Sept. 19. Sidney, Fremont-Mills and several other teams will join them that day.