Canton-Galva, Inman runners get top 10 finishers

HARVEY COUNTY EAST PARK – Some of the area cross country teams competed in the Berean Academy Invitational at Harvey County East Park on Thursday. Once again, the highlight of the meet was from both the Inman and Canton-Galva boys three runners finished in the top 10.

Morgan Becker led the Eagles to another record-breaking performance with a second-place finish for the second week in a row, falling behind Asher Brown of Remington High School by eight seconds. Becker's teammate Christian Darrah also ran a personal best as he took eighth. Sofia Boninsegna took 30th for the Lady Eagles.

"Morgan ran an outstanding race," Eagles Head coach Lyle Silsby said. "He was in fourth place at the mile mark, second at the two-mile and was able to hold off a fast-charging Ian Carroll from Trinity Academy at the finish line to hold on to the second-place position. Morgan is such a great kid and a tremendously hard worker that it is really nice to see him having the success that he has had so far this season.

Christian's goal had been to run under 18:00, and he did that handily today with the cool temps and the slight breeze. Christian is another super-nice, hard-working kid, and he and Morgan run together every day, pushing each other to get better, and it shows."

For Inman's cross country runners, Nicholas Martisko settled for sixth with the time of 17:27.37. Peter Buller ran 19:27.48, placing him 45th.

"His time was within about 12 seconds of his season-best, which was quite an accomplishment considering he fell at the one-mile mark," Teutons Head coach Jay Parsons said. "However, he quickly recovered and finished the race very well."

For the Lady Teutons, Hannah Martiskso was the top finisher at 25th with a career-best 23:47.62. Aisjha Miles also PR'ed at 25:06.98, placing her 39th.

"If I look at places, I wasn't sure how well each of them ran," Parsons said. "However, once I look at times, I can honestly say they ran very well. I think all the runners still have more and can continue to improve their times. The goal isn't to peak quite yet, but each runner needs to show what he or she is capable of as the season draws to a close."

Mac County Finishers

Varsity Girls

25. Hannah Martisko In. 22:47.62.

30. Sofia Boninsegna C-G 23:30

32. Myiah Logue Mdg. 23:57.43, 33.

Medalists

Varsity Boys

2. Morgan Becker CG 17:00.04, 3.

6. Nicholas Martisko In. 17:27.37,

8. Christian Darrah CG 17:39.11,

25. Nathan Nelson LR 18:40.36.

Other Finishers

26. Caleb Samland Mdg. 18:44.06,

42. Mac Unruh Mdg. 19:23.29,

43. Landon Kaufman Mdg. 19:23.63,

49. Carson Orpin Mdg. 19:51.55,

63. Evan Ginder Mdg. 22:40.63,

Vikings compete at Halstead


HALSTEAD – It was another day for the Smoky Valley High School cross country team after competing at Halstead on Thursday.

The Lady Vikings finished second as a team with four runners medaled after the race. Gracie Lambert was the top finisher with sixth, while Elise Peterson (14th), Kajsa Peterson (18th), Olivia Bengtson (25th) also medaled for the Lady Vikings.

"We ran in a very competitive meet on Thursday," Smoky Valley Head coach Holly Toll said. "The girls' team came in and scrambled for second place. I feel like they keep getting better each week.

The boys took fourth as a team led by Ryan Heline, who finished fifth with the time of 17:10. Garrett Huffman also medaled after finishing 23rd with the time of 18:03.

"I was a little disappointed in our placings and don't like to look at times a whole lot in cross country unless we are using them to pacing or comparing the same course to the same course," Toll said. "However, our times were much faster there this year than last year, so I feel that it's a positive as we are getting close to the postseason meets. We will keep working to get stronger and faster each week."

The next meet for the Vikings will be at the Ellsworth Golf Course next Tuesday at 3 p.m.

SV Varsity results

Girls —2nd

6. Gracie Lambert-20:41

14. Ellise Peterson-21:38

18. Kajsa Peterson-22:10

25. Olivia Bengtson-22:24

29. Breanna Priddy-22:43

55. Zoe Grace-24:19

56. Lydia Peterson-24:48

Boys—4th

5. Ryan Heline-17:10

23. Garret Huffman-18:03

30. Stephen Peterson-18:16

35. Lukas Apel-18:35

41. Trayton Miller-18:53

47. Justice Gardner-19:08

61. Adin Replogle-19:46

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