BY PLAINSMAN STAFF
ABERDEEN — Cross country runners from several north central South Dakota and southern North Dakota high schools took to the 5K course at Lee Park Golf Course Thursday, as Aberdeen Central hosted the Sahlmi Sahli Cross Country meet.
The host Golden Eagles scored 39 points to claim the girls’ team title, placing all five of their scoring runners in the top 11 finishers.
Kate McElroy and Victoria Smith, both of Watertown, were 1-2 across the line, McElroy finishing the course in 20:04.15. Brooklyn Nygaard of Jamestown was third, Aberdeen Roncalli runner Paige Schmidt was fourth and Kaylie Peldo of Aberdeen Central was fifth.
Jamestown finished second in the team standings, with 54 points, Watertown was third, four points back and Roncalli finished fourth with 67 points.
In the boys’ race, Aberdeen Central again took the team title, amassing 26 points to easily outdistance runner-up Pierre, which had 51. Huron was fourth in the team race with 98 points.
Individually, Hayden Shaffer of Pierre was first across the line in 16:30.9, edging Josh Martin of Aberdeen by nine seconds and Central teammate Jacob Angerhofer was third.
Huron was led by TJ Lien, who earned a ninth-place finish. Cheech Harman finished 13th and Will Radke took 17th place. Other Huron finishers included Will Knippling in 34th, Gonzalo Quispe-Laura in 36th, Cam Cutshaw in 38th and Angel Olivo Porcayo in 39th.
The girls’ JV team race also went to Aberdeen Central, as they edged the Huron Tigers 27-29.
For the second straight race, Josie Vlieger of Huron was first across the line, finishing the 4K course in 18:14.05. Angelina Lopez of Central was second and Tatum Peterson of Huron finished third.
Other Huron finishers included Lily Meyer in 8th, Hannah Schoenfelder finished 11th, Ellie Puterbaugh was 14th and Kayeleigh Bowden finished 19th.
The boys’ JV title went to Watertown with 38 points, while Aberdeen finished second with 45 and Pierre was third with 69. Huron was sixth in the team race.
Isaac Ligon and Patrick Severson of Aberdeen Central finished first and second, with Ligon breaking the tape in 15:53.6.
Huron’s top finisher was Alec Pester in 30th, while Angelo Medina and Ryan Florey finished 33rd and 34th, respectively. Ben Ahlers was 41st and Griffin Storm took 45th place.
Georgia Morse Middle School won the girls’ team title with 19 points, led by individual medalist Gwen Richter.
Aberdeen Central was second and Brookings finished third. Huron finished 5th in the team race. Nora Pester finished 25th to lead the Tiger finishers, Hannah Beyer was 40th and Hannah Ferguson was 63 for the Tigers.
Huron is back in action on Saturday, when the Tigers will get their first look at this year’s state meet course, over Yankton Trail in Sioux Falls.