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Southeast Valley had its strongest team finishes of the year.


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On Tuesday, October 2nd, the Southeast Valley cross country teams traveled to Lake City to compete in the SCC Titan Invitational.  The Jaguars found cool fall temps and an extremely muddy course for the night’s meet. For those not familiar with cross country those are ideal conditions.  Taking advantages of these conditions, Southeast Valley had its strongest team finishes of the year. The varsity girls claimed 3rd place while the varsity boys claimed 6th in the 13 team field.  The JV girls were able to come away as team champions while the JV boys finished 5th.

In the boys’ race to lead off the night, Coledon Bethel picked up his 2nd straight top 6th finish running a time of 18:42 and teammate Ben Carlson ran a season best time of 18:53 to finish 9th overall.  Both places earned Coledon and Ben medalist honors. Robert Jepsen was five seconds off his personal best. Hiis time of 20:20 was 30th. Zach Thompson (50th, 21:00), Nolan Jackson (69th, 22:05), Carson Suchan (71st, 22:07) and Asa Haub (74th, 22:16) made up the varsity seven on Tuesday.

In the boys’ JV race, Dalton Dencklau lead the group with a 6th place medalist time of 21:40.  Caleb Kaltschnee (17th, 22:49) and Blake Peterson (18th, 22:52) were the next two to cross the finish line followed by Ross Halligan (34th, 24:27) and Dillon Sytsma (45th, 25:21) to round out the scoring.

Also competing in the JV race were Evan McCrady (55th, 27:17), AJ Smith (57th, 27:46), Blane Martens (59th, 28:38), Sam Sytsma (62nd, 30:20), Zane Geis (63rd, 37:17) and Will Halligan (64th, 39:13).  

In the girls’ race, Alli True ran to her third straight top ten finish finishing in 8th place in a time of 22:42 while Katara Jondle was once again a few places behind earning medalist honors finishing 12th place in a time of 23:37.  Sammy Alphs (34th, 25:23) and Morgan Farnham (37th, 25:33) were the next two Jaguars to cross the finish. Marlie Johnson running a season best time of 25:45 (40th) was the fifth Jag to finish followed by teammates Hannah Rees (48th, 26:44) and Emily Hemmestad (52nd, 27:28).

In the JV race, all six girls earned medalist honors.  Emma Hunter (2nd, 27:57), Viatris Scott (4th, 28:13), Jayden Gardipee (5th, 28:15), Taegan Long (7th, 34:08), Christine Housken (8th, 34:08) and Chelsea Grossnickle (9th, 36:35) were the members of the JV team that claimed 1st place honors.  

This year’s meet was nicknamed Jacy’s Run in memory of Jacy McAlexander, a South Central student who passed away last May from Cancer who was also a member of the SCC cross country team.  To honor Jacy and all those who are fighting or have lost the fight to cancer, teams were invited to wear green shoelaces, socks, etc as green was Jacy’s favorite color. Before Jacy passed away, he started a mission to collect pop tabs.  Teams were invited to collect and bring pop tabs as well to the meet and a couple dozen boxes and five gallon pails of tabs were donated by the teams in attendance.

The Jaguars have two regular meets remaining.  They will compete at Ida Grove on Monday, October 8th and at the Twin Lakes Conference meet on Saturday, October 13th.  The top seven varsity runners will also compete at the 2A state qualifying meet on Thursday, October 18th site still to be determined.  



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