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Wessington Springs' Jase Kraft crosses the finish line of the boys' 5,000-meter race Saturday at the Class B State Cross Country Meet in Huron. Kraft finished in second place with a time of 16:34.76 behind Parker's Duane Jongeling.

Kraft takes second for third year

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Kraft takes second for third year
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

HURON -- Wessington Springs' Jase Kraft placed second behind Parker's Duane Jongeling for the third consecutive year in the Class B State Cross Country Meet Saturday at Broadland Creek Golf Course in Huron.

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Kraft had a time of 16 minutes and 34.76 seconds in the boys' 5,000-meter race, finishing 21 seconds behind Jongeling.

"I went a little ways ahead on the second loop but right around the second mile, my limbs started to slow down and there was nothing I could do," Kraft said. "It could've gone better, but I can't complain. He had a great race.

"There's a good amount of pressure and you're nervous all the time during the state race. I just never got to run relaxed like I did at regions."

Parker also won the boys' team title for the third straight year. Freeman Academy finished three points out of the top three in fourth with a 53 and South Central took fifth place, finishing six points out of third place. For complete results, see Page B2.

Lyman finished in 13th place and was led by Jaylen Uthe, who finished in 40th place (19:30.61) and Wessington Springs finished in 16th place.

South Central's Tyson Vogt finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place (18:28.16) and Dakota Votaw finished in 21st place (18:49.06). Freeman Academy's Ben Brockmueller finished in 16th place (18:37.86) and Matthew Graber took 23rd place (18:51.96).

Woonsocket's Rex Schlict finished in 20th place in 18:47.61 and Hanson's Trey Persson finished in 36th place in 19:19.86.

Mitchell Christian's Isaak Peitz and Kyle Glanzer qualified as individuals. Peitz said he felt more experience coming into this year's state tournament.

"I felt very tired but very strong and I finished very well in my opinion," Peitz said. "This year I was able to prepare myself and keep myself pumped for the actual race."

Pietz finished in 70th place (20:08.41) and Glanzer finished in 82nd place (20:29.11).

Lyman girls take third in Class B

Eighth-grader Quinn Lulf finished in 13th place and led the Lyman girls' team to a third place finish.

Lulf ran the 4,000-meter race in 16:45.78. Lyman had a team score of 48 and trailed behind champion Ipswich with nine points and Gayville-Volin, which took second place with a 38.

After Lulf, eighth-grader Sara Herman finished in 17th place (16:50.53), eighth-grader Ashton Smith finished in 36th place (17:38.63) and freshman Phoenix Choal finished in 96th place (19:26.38).

Lyman head coach Joel Milton said he was very proud of the way his team ran the race.

"They did really well and I was very pleased with how they ran," Milton said. I don't think we're on a lot of teams' radars as far as placing well but our girls went out and got third."

Freeman's Cailey Roth finished in the top 10 in ninth place (16:34.33) and Rebecca Eberts finished in 15th place (16:48.08). Freeman Academy's Clara Koerner finished in 18th place (16:51.73) and South Central's Lexie Fernau, who led South Central to a fifth-place team finish, took 20th place (17:00.48).

Mitchell Christian finished in 13th place with a 112 and was led by junior Becca Glanzer, who finished in 21st place (17:53.38). Hanson's Emily Hanson finished in 25th place (17:13.38), Canistota's Lexy Sandman finished in 44th place (17:53.38), Marion's Briana Daivs finished in 65th place (18:12.83) and Scotland's Kchandra Furney finished in 69th place (18:15.83).

Gayville-Volin's Genevieve Clark won the girls' race in 15:44.98.

Bartels leads Warriors in Class A

Winner's Chloe Bartels finished 25th in the Class A girls' race with a time of 16:21.44. Bartels' effort led the Warriors to a 12th-place team finish.

Taya Heisinger finished in 29th place with a time of 16:27.79 for Ethan/Parkston. Platte-Geddes' Teganne Engebretson finished in 37th place (16:38.89) and Savannah Schmidt finished in 41st in 16:50.54 for Mount Vernon/Plankinton.

Spearfish won the girls' team title and Garretson was runner-up. Chamberlain took 15th place and was led by Madeline Tyrell, who had a time of 17:35.09.

Madison's Emily Hawkes won the individual title in 15:20.49.

Wagner boys take 10th in Class A

Nick Dion finished in 19th place in 18:00.32 and led Wagner to a 10th-place team finish.

Ethan/Parkston finished in 12th place and was led by senior Kyle Hohn with a 52nd-place finish in 18:35.37.

Winner's Coleton Schuyler finished in 73rd place (19:01.02) and Chamberlain's Davis Carson finished in 84th place (19:17.07). Gregory's Sam Voigt finished in 100th place (19:50.27). Josiah Brink finished in 123rd place in 20:39.37 for Platte-Geddes.

Junior Eric Yager, of Hot Springs, won the individual title in 16:57.72. Madison won the team title and Custer was runner-up.

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Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.
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