Times improve for runners at McCook
By Tim Linscott
Going from a flat course at Imperial the week before, Paula Wurst, Perkins County head cross country coach, was concerned with the hills at the McCook course on Friday, Sept. 20.
Wurst’s fears were put to rest when many of the times of the runners improved.
“The team ran very well at McCook. Their hilly course is entirely different from the course at Imperial, which is very flat,” Wurst said. “Because of this, I didn’t expect their times to be faster at McCook, yet nearly everyone was within 20 to 30 seconds off their time from the week before.”
The girls team finished seventh overall.
Leading the girls team individually was Emily Kemling, with a time of 21:49.
Wurst was impressed with the finishes of all the athletes as several larger schools attended, such as North Platte, McCook, Sidney and Ogallala.
Courtney Lyon was 17th (23:31) and Kendra Hoffert finished 34th (25:08).
Jakelynn Broeder finished with a time of 31:06.
“Kendra made the adjustment to the 5k this week and ran well, as did Jakelynn,” Wurst said.
The boys ended the day in 10th place.
Top runner for the boys was Brady Mailand, finishing 43rd (21:21) while Coy Aerni had a time of 22:17, Tyler Thelander had a time of 23:00 and Sam Rowley was close behind (23:31). Dylan Barry was just a second behind Rowley with a time of 23:32.
“I continue to be impressed with Brady’s leadership. Coy, Tyler, Sam and Dylan all stuck with him and are looking strong. I am really proud of everyone’s efforts,” Wurst said.