HIGHMORE — Daniel Ayoroa of James Valley Christian was the individual winner of the boys’ varsity race at Saturday’s Highmore Action Club Cross Country Invitational.
Ayoroa completed the 5K course in 17:57.19, outdistancing a pair of Faulkton Area runners - Andrew Sorensen and Hunter Niederbaumer - by more than 20 seconds for the win. Brad Lebeda of Lyman and Philip’s Wakely Burns were fourth and fifth, respectively.
As a team, Sorensen and Niederbaumer led Faulkton Area to the team title with 22 points. Ipswich totaled 32 points for second and Philip was third with 34. Miller was the highest finishing Heartland area team, in sixth place with 60 points. JVC was seventh, Highmore-Harold took eighth and Wolsey-Wessington was ninth in the 11-team field.
Keegan Haider of Wolsey-Wessington finished 11th in the race, one spot ahead of Miller’s Pierce Baumberger. Talon Knox of Miller was 15th and Highmore-Harrold runner Dawson Hale finished 17th.
The Wall Lady Eagles put its three scoring runners in the top six finishers to take the girls’ team title with 11 points. Ipswich’s Tessa Kilber was first across the line, in 20:54.31, followed by Wall’s Alexis Stephan and Taylee Dartt. Emily DeRaad of Ipswich was third and Philip’s Presley Terkildsen was fifth in the race.
The JVC girls finished fourth in the team standings, led by Madelyn Brantner’s eighth-place finish. Teammates Rhayonna Hood and Abby Hasart finished 12th and 13th, respectively. As a team, Wolsey-Wessington finished seventh, led by Ronja Neuman’s 21st place finish.
Up next for many of the teams will be the Central South Dakota Conference meet in Gettysburg Wednesday.
JVC will run at the Parkston Invitational, on Thursday.