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Burke bags overall Class B cross country crown

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Burke's Hallie Person (left) makes a late charge to edge Andes Central/Dakota Christian's Isabella Brouwer at the finish line the SDHSAA Class B cross country meet on Saturday at Broadland Creek Golf Course in Huron. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

HURON -- Burke found another gear at the biggest cross country meet of the season.

Each team hopes to run its best times in the final meet and the Cougars delivered. The Burke girls team entered Saturday’s SDHSAA Class B championship meet seeded fifth and bumped up two spots. Meanwhile, the boys did not even win the region meet, but the Cougars found a way to capture the Class B crown in program history.

Together, Burke left Broadland Creek Golf Course as the overall Class B champions, the program’s first since current head coach Laurie Kenzy helped the Cougar girls win in 1977.

“We got here and things started going so well for us,” Kenzy said. “It was a sweet bonus to have them do so well. Everything came together for us. We just had a great day.”

The Burke boys knew a state title would be a tall task after falling to Platte-Geddes at the Region 3B meet, but the state meet would be different.

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The Cougars amassed 37 points, thanks to a seventh-place finish by Jackson Liewer in 17 minutes, 43.99 seconds. Jackson Bauld also placed 24th in 18:21.09, while Washake Vaughn was 35th in 18:49.55.

The scores were good enough to edge second-place Timber Lake (45) and Platte-Geddes (47), as Region 3B champion Caden Tegethoff placed 22nd in 18:16.44.

“If you’re going to be competing in the individual spot, you feel good about that,” Liewer said. “But just like in track, if you can tie an entire meet together, it feels a lot better. The first year I went out, we got close and I felt bad for my teammates. I don’t know if I let them down -- but it’s good to get first.”

Dakota Hills nipped Wall for the Class B girls title, 32-34, and Gayville-Volin’s Madison Fairley cruised to a win in 19:14.17, but Burke beat Hanson for third place on a late surge.

Hallie Person made a late push in the final 100 yards, edging Andes Central/Dakota Christian’s Isabella Brouwer for third place in 20:11.55. The late push separated Person from a pack, and since Fairley and second-place finisher Jolie Dugan (Jones County) did not compete for team qualifiers, Person earned the lowest score available -- one point.

Burke and Hanson both finished with 49 points and the tiebreaker came from the score of the fourth runner. Burke’s Brecken Bolander was the deciding factor, taking 63rd in 22:36.65, while Piper Hanson was 28th in 21:41.72 and Lacey Person was 45th in 22:19.16.

“(Brouwer) and Hallie compete all the time against each other,” Kenzy said. “She came on and that’s a quick decision you have to make. It was close to the finish and Hallie made the right decision.”

Warner’s Cody Larson won the Class B individual boys race in 16:32.77, nearly 13 seconds faster than the rest of the field.

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Chamberlain girls take third for second consecutive year

Chamberlain struggled to find consistency in its fourth girls runner all season and head coach Garry Winter felt a sixth-place finish would be a pipe dream.

The Cubs had other plans, as they finished third for the second consecutive season with 99 points, behind second-place Hill City (69) and champion Custer (28).

Allison Hough placed fifth for the second straight season in 19:30.35, while Kinsey Evans was 13th in 20:05.21, while Ella Phillips was 40th in 21:03.74 and Angelina Lopez was 80th in 22:10.88.

“We were not expecting that -- not at all,” Hough said. “So, that was a really good surprise for us.”

Lennox’s Ali Bainbridge captured the individual state championship in 18:54.63, besting Hill City’s Abby Cutler (19:00.93). Ethan/Parkston’s Lindsey Roth was eighth in 19:39.0.

On the boys side, Winner Area’s Kade Watson was seventh in 16:52.53 as the Warriors placed ninth as a team. Chamberlain’s Dominic Santiago was in contention for a top-10 finish, but aggravated an injury during the race and placed 68th in 18:49.39.

Belle Fourche’s Sawyer Clarkson claimed the individual championship in 16:25.14, besting Hot Springs’ Adam Conseor by nearly four seconds.

Sioux Falls Christian earned the boys team title with 40 points, beating second-place Vermillion by 17.

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Moller paces Mitchell in Class AA race

In the Class AA boys race, Lucas Moller paced Mitchell in 76th with a time of 18:27.65. Max Hart was 120th in 20:32.32, Brock Russell was 121st in 20:53.67, Dawson Schroeder was 123rd in 21:27.0 and Grayson Hetland was 125th in 21:53.57 as the Kernel boys placed 18th.

Sioux Falls Lincoln won the team championship for the sixth time in eight years, finishing with 39 points, as Andrew Lauer was the individual champion in 15:42.6.

Adelyn Prunty led the Mitchell girls team with a 70th-place finish in 21:28.68, while Alexis Haiar was 99th in 22:58.8, Anna Driscoll was 115th in 24:53.05 and Mallory Fortin was 116th in 25:34.87. The Kernels placed 17th as a team.

Sioux Falls O’Gorman’s Alea Hardie won the girls race in 18:12.18, 24 seconds faster than the rest of the field. Sioux Falls Lincoln won the team competition with 35 points, 63 fewer than second-place Sioux Falls Roosevelt.

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