SCOTLAND -- Burke screamed in excitement when it found out it won the Region 3B girls cross-country meet on Wednesday. The Cougars didn’t think it placed in the top-three.
But led by Hallie Person’s third-place finish in 19 minutes, 51.12 seconds, Burke scored 25 points to edge second-place Hanson (27) and third-place Platte-Geddes (32).
“We’ve been kind of an under-estimated team and we’ve had some injuries,” Burke coach Laurie Kenzy said. “They had a really nice day and we knew we had a chance to be in the top-three. We almost thought we didn’t place.”
The Cougars placed two more in the top-15 to claim the team title. Piper Hanson (21:20.99) and Brecken Bolander (21:31.34) finished in 11th and 13th, respectively.
Burke nearly came away with a sweep, but had to settle for second as Platte-Geddes (14) nipped it by four points on the boys side. Freeman Academy/Marion (35) also qualified for the state meet in third.
“That was our goal all year, to get both of our teams to state,” P-G coach Matt Maxon said. “It’s always great to show up and run your best race of the year at regions.”
Burke and P-G both placed three boy runners in the top-10, with the Black Panthers’ Caden Tegethoff (17:20.74) and Burke’s Jackson Liewer (17:31.06) taking first and second, respectively.
“Their Caden and our Jackson, they’ve competed in the past,” Kenzy said. “And they’re fun to watch.”
On the girls side, Person ran in the lead pack alongside Freeman Academy/Marion’s Jada Koerner, who won in 19:41.47, and Andes Central/Dakota Christian’s Isabella Brouwer.
Koerner didn’t expect to cross the finish line first. She wanted to try to stay with the top group, with expectations of taking second. That’s where she ran for most of the race behind Brouwer (19:49.79), but the ACDC freshman struggled with the hilly course and dropped to second.
“I had a couple of family members that passed away that I wanted to win this for,” Koerner said.
Meanwhile, Tegethoff wanted to relax the first mile and pick it up toward the end in the boys race. It resulted in him building a substantial lead and winning by 11 seconds.
“When I was going at halfway, I knew it was time to get some distance,” he said.
He was joined by Nate Whalen (17:56.12) in fifth, Collin Engebretson (18:15.75) in eighth and Gavin Gustad (19:06.86) in 15th.
“We’ve been working all year, so it’s good that it pays off,” Tegethoff said. “... Lots of these guys play football, too, so they’re doing double-duty and working hard.”
Meanwhile, the Cougars also had seventh-place Jackson Bauld (18:10.25) and Washake Vaughn (18:26.72) in ninth. Bon Homme’s Nate Hall (17:34.71) took third, followed by FAM’s Titus Roesler (17.44.20) in fourth on the boys side.
On the girls side, Menno’s Morgan Edelman (20:33.07) finished fourth and Gregory’s Emma Thomas (20:35.98) took fifth.
Canistota boys, Howard girls take second in Region 2B
DE SMET -- The Canistota boys cross country team came up four points short of the Region 2B championship.
The Hawks were edged by Dell Rapids St. Mary, 16-20, but still earned a bid to the Class B state meet. Josiah Schroeder led Canistota with a third-place finish in 17:45.6, while Connor Hutcheson was eighth in 19:12.05 and Tage Ortman was ninth in 19:16.72.
DSRM’s Jacob Vogel captured the individual championship in 17:20.0.
The Howard girls also finished second with 28 points, 12 behind champion Colman-Egan.
Emma Neises paced the Tigers with a second-place finish in 21:05.16, while Presley Claussen was 13th in 22:08.65 and Saddie Palmquist was 18th in 22:17.15.
Canistota’s Kara Roshone qualified for state with a fifth-place finish in 21:38.74 and teammate also qualified after taking 19th in 22:17.15.
Gayville-Volin’s Madison Fairley won the race in 18:48.87.
Lyman boys finish fourth on tiebreaker
GETTYSBURG -- The Lyman boys cross country team narrowly missed out on a bid to the state meet after placing fourth at the Region 4B meet.
The Raiders and Faulkton Area both finished with 40 points, but Faulkton earned the tiebreaker based on its fourth runner finishing ahead of Lyman’s.
Brad Lebeda paced the Raiders with a fourth-place finish in 16:47.67, while teammate Bryce Muirhead also qualified for state by finishing 11th in 17:18.83.
Wessington Springs’ A.J. Neely also earned a state berth by taking sixth in 17:12.47. McIntosh’s Dylan Mollman won the race in 15:57.51, while Timber Lake won the team title with 20 points.
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket’s Hannah Terkildsen qualified for state with an eighth-place finish in the girls race in 20:33.73.
Ipswich’s Tessa Kilber took first in the girls race in 18:59.95, while Ipswich also won the girls title with eight points.
The state cross-country meet is on Oct. 26 in Huron at Broadland Creek Golf Course.