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PCS Senior Hailey Snyder competes at McCook on Thursday, Sept. 13. She placed 21st in tough competition with a time of 25:10. 

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Due to injuries, PCS Senior Beau Wood competed at his first meet of the season in McCook on Thursday, Sept. 13. He placed 28th in the JV race with a time of 23:42. 

Boys place fifth at McCook

The Perkins County boys varsity cross country team placed fifth in tough competition at McCook on Thursday, Sept. 13.

In the boys’ race, Caden Waitley medaled sixth and Jaden Dietlein eighth with times of 18:27 and 18:37 respectively. 

Coach Paula Wurst said the two planned to start out conservatively because of the 93-degree heat, and then move their way up in the pack. 

“This strategy worked really well for them; they both ran a really smart race,” she said.

She noted Matt Hahn also ran smart, finishing 25th with a time of 19:57. 

Jarin Tines rounded out the varsity scorers coming in at 49th. Evan Sestak and Caleb Lagler placed 51st and 55th respectively in the varsity race of 79. The varsity and JV races were run together with 147 total runners competing.  

In the girls’ race, Wurst said they were especially pleased with Hailey Snyder, who placed 21st out of 67 varsity runners with a time of 25:10. 

A total of 94 girls competed in the combined varsity and JV race. 

With Class B, C and D teams in attendance, Wurst said competing against bigger schools is a great way to become better runners.

Next action

The next race is in Ogallala this Thursday, Sept. 20 beginning at 3 p.m. They’ll compete at the University of Nebraska in Kearney on Monday, Sept. 24. Class D girls run at noon MT and Class D boys at 1 p.m.

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