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Cross country runners set new PRs PDF Print E-mail

By Shari Friedel
Tribune Staff
An excellent day of running was enjoyed by the participants of the Ogallala Invitational cross country meet Thursday, Sept. 22.
The Perkins County girls finished in sixth place, a commendable finish, competing against Class B and C schools. Ashley Kemling medaled eighth, running her fastest time this year, 16:20.
First place  individual finisher was Gabby Gracia of Holdrege. Second went to Molly Sughroue of McCook and third to Alli Ehler of Sidney.
As a team, Perkins County girls finished in sixth place with 112 points.
Coming in first as a team was Sidney with 24 points, followed by Cozad with 49 and Holdrege with 51.
“This was a nice finish, especially running without Jessi and Nita, who are out with illness,” said Coach Paula Wurst.
Mariah Curtis ran the course in 18:14, just off her best time to date.
Courtney Lyon and Kendra Hoffert were close to their fastest times and Becca Cornelius ran her fastest time ever.
Ogallala Invite
Girls Team Results

1. Sidney    24
2. Cozad    49
3. Holdrege    51
4. McCook    58
5. Ogallala    66
6. Perkins County    112
7. Kimball    118
8. Alliance    138
Paxton    INC
Girls Individual Results
Top 10
1. G. Gracia, Hol    15:11
2. M. Sughroue, McC    15:32
3. A. Ehler, Sid    15:50
4. J. Smith, Sid    15:57
5. E. Tolliver, McC    16:07
6. M. Mata, Sid    16:10
7. K. Crymble, Og    16:10
8. A. Kemling, PC    16:20
9. J. Vasquez, Coz    16:24
10. R. Sigler, Coz        16:34
Other PC Scores
30. Mariah Curtis    18:14
36. Courtney Lyon    19:23
41. Kendra Hoffert    20:11
Girls Junior Varsity
(out of 39)

37. Becca Cornelius    22:35

PC Boys
“It was a banner breakthrough day for the boys,” Wurst said.
“Seth Burge broke 20 minutes for the first time in his career, which was a well-deserved accomplishment.” He crossed the finish line in 19:59.
Mark Hanson also ran a personal best at 20:32, eliminating a full minute from his fastest time to date.
The rest of the pack was hot on his heels, each running career PRs, with the exception of Brendon Barry, who was within four seconds of his best time ever, Wurst said.
“They are so competitive amongst one another, when one speeds up, the rest follow. This is leading to a marked improvement in all their times,” remarked Wurst.
Ogallala was the first place team with a score of 22; Cozad was second with 36 and Paxton followed at third with a score of 52.
Individual winner was Dillon McKeag of Ogallala, second place went to Harry Adams of Ogallala and third to Koby Archuletta of Paxton.
Boys Team Results
1. Ogallala    22
2. Cozad    36
3. Paxton    52
4. Sidney    56
5. McCook    101
6. Holdrege    117
7. Lexington    125
8. Kimball    130
9. Alliance    169
10. Perkins County    184
Boys Individual Results
Top 10

1. D. McKeag, Og    16.44
2. H. Adams, Og    16:53
3. K. Archuletta, Pax    17:08
4. S. Arterburn, Sid    17:09
5. D. Rosas, Coz    17:16
6. G. Perlinger, Pax    17:18
7. A. Pelayo, Coz    17:36
8. J. Raum, Alli    17:40
9. S. Krajewski    17:53
10. D. Simmerman, Og    17:55
PC Boys Varsity
(out of 59 varsity/61 junior varsity=120 total runners)
42. Seth Burge        19:59
45. Mark Hanson    20:32
48. Brendon Barry    20:50
49. Austin Thelander    20:51
51. Jake Sexson    20:54
53. Robert Engel    21:05